In the past few weeks and months, we have seen an extraordinary commitment to pro bono stretching across all areas of law and all levels of experience. Individuals have been setting up schemes to help victims of domestic violence or support Black Lives Matter protestors. Chambers have been fundraising, providing educational resources and much more. Here at Advocate we’ve had a huge increase in volunteer barristers signing up to our panel, and a phenomenal response in the take up of pieces of work. 

In a time where life at the Bar has never been more challenging or uncertain, people have stepped up to help others in the most incredible ways.  

We want to help you celebrate your friends’ and colleagues’ hard work by giving you the chance to nominate them for a Bar Pro Bono Award this year!  

Nominations are open for: 

  • Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year 
  • Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year 
  • Pro Bono QC of the Year 
  • International Pro Bono Barrister of the Year 
  • Pro Bono Chambers’ Professional of the Year 
  • Pro Bono Chambers of the Year 
  • Pro Bono Innovation of the Year 
  • Lifetime Achievement in Pro Bono, the Sydney Elland Goldsmith Award


Nominations close on Sunday 27th September 2020. 

After the closing date, all nominations will be examined by our esteemed judging panel, which includes Advocate President Lord Goldsmith QC, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Chair of the Bar Amanda Pinto QC, and influential legal blogger and author The Secret Barrister.  

Most of the awards will then be presented at our first ever online Bar Pro Bono Awards ceremony during Pro Bono Week in November! Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year and Lifetime Achievement in Pro Bono will be awarded at the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference as usual.