Meta Title :Law Society Practice Note: In-house pro bono practice – regulatory requirements
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Feb 23, 2016, 10:35 AM
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The Law Society has issued a Practice Note explaining the regulatory requirements that apply to in-house lawyers who provide or wish to provide pro bono services to the public.
In-house lawyers can carry out pro bono activities in any legal areas and without insurance as long as the work is being done in a personal capacity. In this situation, liability still remains.
Practitioners carrying out pro bono work as part of their employer's business (widely interpreted by the SRA to encompass almost any pro bono work that is endorsed by a company) must have insurance and must not participate in any reserved legal activities (for example, tribunal support). They are able to carry out pro bono work in all other legal areas, but must have appropriate insurance.