We exist because committed barristers across England and Wales
care about access to justice for everyone

We match members of the public who need free legal help with barristers who are willing to donate their time and expertise in deserving cases for those who are unable to obtain legal aid and cannot afford to pay.

Advocate is the Bar’s national pro bono charity that makes it possible for barristers to balance a dedicated practice with making a significant contribution to the community.

“The judiciary recognises the critical contribution that the Bar makes to access to justice through its pro bono work. It is a huge credit to practitioners that they are willing to give up their time for free to help the most vulnerable members of society.”  

- The Lady Chief Justice of England and Wales, The Baroness Carr of Walton-on-the-Hill



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Hear from a Casework Volunteer: Xhesika Leka

Xhesika Leka recently graduated from Oxford University with a law degree and is an aspiring commercial lawyer. Xhesika was a Casework Volunteer with Advocate this year, and she has taken the time to share more about how the volunteering experience has been invaluable in applying and expanding her legal knowledge in practice.

Two Advocate caseworkers secure pupillage

We are delighted that two Advocate caseworkers, Emma and Andrew, have successfully secured pupillage. Emma has secured pupillage at One Pump Court, and Andrew has secured pupillage at Gatehouse Chambers, both starting in October 2025.

Publication of the inaugural Pro Bono Recognition List

476 barristers across England & Wales are celebrated in the inaugural Pro Bono Recognition List endorsed by the Lady Chief Justice.