The awards are an opportunity to highlight the incredible pro bono achievements of individuals at the Bar and celebrate our #AccessToJustice champions and unsung #ProBonoHeroes. The awards are sponsored by Lexis Nexis.

Since 1997 the Bar Pro Bono Awards recognise the outstanding commitment to pro bono work by barristers or chambers. Since then, pro bono has developed, broadened and grown, and it is increasingly difficult to choose one winner from a set of nominees working in different areas. As such, we now have eleven separate categories:

  • 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 Initiative of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement in Pro Bono, the Sydney Elland Goldsmith Award
  • John Collins Pro Bono Excellence Award (in partnership with the North-Eastern Circuit)
  • Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year (In partnership with the Bar Council)
  • Sustainability Initiative of the Year (In partnership with the Bar Council Sustainability Network)


To nominate someone, please fill in the nomination form and return it along with between two and four supporting letters to awards@weareadvocate.org.uk 

Nominations are now open. The deadline is Friday 19th August 2022.

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2022 Bar Pro Bono Awards Events

All nominees are invited to an Awards evening that will take place on Wednesday 9th November during Pro Bono Week at which winners in most categories will be announced. The event will be in-person and will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel.

Winners of Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year and Lifetime Achievement in Pro Bono will be presented with their awards at the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference, which usually takes place in November. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Bar Pro Bono Awards!