Westminster think tank recommends mandatory pro bono work
for all lawyers
Pro bono work should be mandatory for all lawyers to help tackle the crisis in public confidence in the legal profession, a think tank report
has recommended this week.
The independent Westminster-based group ResPublica says that the 'largely negative' attitude towards lawyers from the public has not been reversed and has resulted in the public accepting the withdrawal of public spending from the profession.
Justice Secretary Michael Gove has already floated the idea of wealthy lawyers carrying out more pro bono work as part of their professional duty so this idea is starting to gain some weight.
Partner and Costs Lawyer Gary Knight gives his take below along with Law Gazette's John Hyde whose article appeared on The Law Society Gazette's website last week.