Advocate's wonderful volunteer barristers, aided by our tireless caseworkers, have placed a record-breaking 500 pieces of work this year. We've been so impressed by the enthusiasm of the Bar to undertake pro bono in the lockdown. An amazing 255 of the 500 pieces of work have been taken on since the lockdown began on 23rd of March, and 168 new barristers have signed up to express their interest in doing pro bono work. 

Praising this wonderful achievement, Chair of the Bar Council, Amanda Pinto QC said: "Congratulations to the volunteer barristers who have given their time and expertise to help the most vulnerable by working for Advocate during lockdown. I encourage everyone to sign up to help!"

Also expressing his pleasure at tis milestone, Sir Robin Knowles CBE, Chair of Advocate said: “500 times within the last four months barristers have provided, without charge, an expert legal opinion or expert legal representation in court. This is a record, but it is more significant than ever given the pandemic. The Bar has stood by members of the public who cannot afford to pay for legal help and where publicly funded help is not available. This is the profession’s achievement, in the public interest, and the team at Advocate is proud to have facilitated it. I am proud of the team at Advocate, and I know the profession joins me in this.”