In brief: Ex-IBA director sets up pro bono award

Former International Bar Association executive director Madeleine May, who resigned her post at the end of 1994 after more than 15 years in the role, has established a new award for excellence in pro bono work. May made an announcement at a formal dinner given in her honour at the opening of the IBA conference. A farewell collection from more than 250 former officers and past IBA presidents raised more than £5,000 for May who matched it with £5,000 of her own funds to establish the award. It is expected the award will be made biennially and presented to a lawyer practising in the region in which the conference is held.