City lawyers offer services for free

Helen Barrett

More than 1,000 City lawyers are to offer their services free of charge to international poverty-relief projects through a new non-profit group.

Advocates for International Development (A4ID), launched today by Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, will provide free legal advice from lawyers at 15 City law firms on issues such as trade, debt and anti-corruption.

"We were prompted by the south Asian tsunami and last year's post-G8 enthusiasm," said Roger Leese, a director of A4ID and partner at law firm Clifford Chance.

The group has already worked with agencies such as ActionAid, Tearfund and Debt Relief International, and it advised Oxfam on a review of the International Coffee Agreement.

It is now aiming to work with more aid organisations.

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