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Next week is Pro Bono Week 2016 and on Monday 7 November, the President of the Law Society will launch the Law Society’s Pro Bono Charter and Manual.
The Law Society is inviting firms and also in-house teams to sign up to the Charter, which is a statement of commitment to promote pro bono opportunities throughout their business.
The steps to develop a strategic pro bono programme are set out in a Pro Bono Manual, which includes template policies, engagement letters and memorandums of understanding. The Manual also includes best practice guidance and information about strategic partners within the sector.
The National Pro Bono Centre website (http://www.nationalprobonocentre.org.uk/) includes a Volunteering section, in which you can search for Pro Bono opportunities in your area. You can also register to attend the Law Society’s breakfast launch at Chancery Lane on the National Pro Bono Centre website in the section dedicated to the 2016 Pro Bono Week.
The Law Society published a Practice Note: In-house pro bono practice: regulatory requirements (https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/advice/practice-notes/in-house-pro-bono-regulatory-requirements/) earlier this year.
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The Law Society has issued a practice note about the risks to solicitors posed by this new legislation, which came into force on 30 September.
The SRA has urged all practices to check HM Treasury’s consolidated list of asset freeze targets, which lists designated persons subject to financial sanction under EU or UK legislation.
The practising certificate renewal period opened on Monday 2 October.
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