Advocate is the Bar’s national charity that makes it possible for barristers to balance a dedicated practice with making a significant contribution to the community.  We match make members of the public who need 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.

We are an application-based service which members of the public can access via referral from advice agencies, law centres, or their local MP. 

Advocate ensures that in each case, the barrister providing assistance is of the same expertise and experience as would be expected in a paying case.  Every application is subject to the same rigorous procedure of checking, reviewing, communicating with the applicant, allocating to a barrister where appropriate and closing down once the work is complete.

We are the sole pro bono charity to provide legal assistance in all areas of law, across all levels from tribunal through to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Over 3800 barristers including a third of all QC’s have committed to take on pro bono cases on behalf of our applicants.

We do not seek any public funding and the source of our funding is almost entirely through the Bar.

Service Details

Service Type:
Advice and Advocacy
Primary Client Group:
Supporting People
We cannot accept applications from individuals unless they are referred to us by an advice agency or a lawyer (solicitor or barrister). An example of an advice agency is a: Citizen Advice Bureau or Law Centre or Your local MP or A Legal Advice Clinic
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This page was last updated on 01 April 2019

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This page was last updated on 01 April 2019


Contact Details

Advocate, The National Pro Bono Centre, 48 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1JF
020 7092 3960 Lines open Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10:15 AM - 12.45 PM