The Lawyer Africa Elite 2014 features an in-depth look at 46 leading independent firms’ strategies in 15 key sub-Saharan jurisdictions, as well as the views of in-house counsel from some of Africa’s largest companies... Read more
This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
The group aims to encourage and support solicitors and their firms in pro bono activities. Andrew Phillips, who was instrumental in setting it up, said the group wanted to be a "stimulator and pollinator - not in the front line but encouraging others".
The Solicitors Pro Bono Group has been set up at a time when the Law Society is coming under increasing pressure to run some form of pro bono scheme itself. Labour's legal affairs spokesman Paul Boateng has threatened to legislate to force the Law Society to act. The Bar Council set up its own pro bono unit last June.
Phillips said that the new group, which remains independent of the Law Society, was "absolutely not a result of Paul Boateng's threats".
The issue of Law Society involvement in pro bono work was discussed in a society policy committee meeting last Wednesday, where it was decided to offer the new group secretariat services and to look at ways of promoting pro bono to the profession as a whole.
A society spokesman said it is considering the creation of a Solicitors Representation scheme in partnership with others. He said: "We are doing everything we can and want to see pro bono extended. But we have to be practical - there are resources implications to these things."