Doughty Street Chambers scoops pro bono award

Doughty Street Chambers’ Andrew Hall QC has scooped this year’s Bar Pro Bono Award.

Hall has spearheaded a drive to promote legal training and develop resources in Eastern and Central Africa, coordinating the efforts of the Bar Council, the British Council and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The initiative has brought legal books, provided by Sweet & Maxwell, Butterworths and Blackstone Press, to countries such as Tanzania, Botswana, Uganda and Malawi. The scheme was recently extended to Sierra Leone.

Over the last six years, Hall has also led a training programme in Eastern and Central Africa, including conferences on human rights and the death penalty. This programme now includes Afghanistan, and Hall is discussing extending it to Cambodia and Burma.