Law Soc boss calls for pro bono to fill CV gaps

Law Society boss Des Hudson has cautioned lawyers deferring training contracts against leaving ‘gaps in their CVs’, urging them to do pro bono work instead.

Des Hudson

Law Society boss Des Hudson has cautioned lawyers deferring training contracts against leaving ‘gaps in their CVs’, urging them to do pro bono work instead.

In a statement issued by the Law Society today, the chief executive echoed calls from firms giving trainees the option of deferring their entry to the profession to spend their time ‘effectively and constructively’.

Hudson said: “These future solicitors have skills which are in great demand, more so now, and by taking up pro-bono work the community will benefit as will a future solicitor’s CV.

“Solicitors have a proud tradition of carrying out voluntary work and giving free legal advice and other assistance to those unable to afford it. That tradition stretches right across the profession from the larger firms to the smallest.”

Hudson recommended that deferring lawyers approach the Law Society Junior Lawyers Division for guidance on how to do pro bono.

For more information about how to get involved in pro-bono work at trainee level, visit www.juniorlawyers.lawsociety.org.uk/toptips_probono