Corporate Social Responsibility

Five Paper is committed to Corporate Social Responsibility working on an entirely voluntary basis and offering pro bono lawyers / barristers when necessary.

CSR

Five Paper is committed to Corporate Social Responsibility, which is action in the community carried out by businesses on an entirely voluntary basis. Members of Chambers carry out a wide range of CSR activities, including:

  • Speaking at schools or universities;
  • Providing advice on applications to students;
  • Attending law fairs;
  • Raising money for charity

 

Recent examples of our CSR work include:

  • Collecting donations for local charities Suited and Booted, Smartworks and Hackney Foodbank;
  • Working with Resurgo Spear helping young people find employment;
  • Raising money for the London Legal Support Trust by running a grueling 10K assault course;
  • Widening access to the Bar via a number of organisations the Kalisher Trust, the Lord Edmund-Davies Legal Education Trust and events including the Bar Council Placement Week and talks with children from disadvantaged backgrounds, most recently the Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets.

Pro Bono

As part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility, Five Paper encourages all of its members regularly to provide their legal professional skills to members of the public and organisations on a pro bono basis.

“Pro bono” work means providing the legal knowledge and expertise of our members at no fee to:

  • individuals who can demonstrate a need for legal assistance; or
  • individuals or organisations whose matter raises an issue of public interest which would not otherwise be pursued; or
  • charities or other not for profit organisations which work on behalf of low income or disadvantaged members of the community or for the public good.

 

Five Paper has an aspirational target of a minimum of 1,000 hours of pro bono work provided by Chambers each year, being approximately 30 hours of pro bono work per year for each of its members.

We actively encourage all our members to help us reach this target insofar as this can be achieved without compromising our professional obligations or the quality of the services we provide, whether to paid or pro bono clients.

Chambers encourages and supports our members undertaking all manner of pro bono and corporate social responsibility activities. We accept instructions from the following organisations:

 

The Bar Pro Bono Unit

The Bar Pro Bono Unit aims to provide barristers for applicants who cannot afford to pay for legal services or obtain public funding, has a meritorious case, and needs the help a barrister can provide.

Five Paper’s members provide advice, advocacy and drafting skills to applicants of the Unit in all areas of law carried out by our members.

CLIPS

The Chancery Bar Litigant in Person Scheme (CLIPS) is run by the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.  The scheme is supported by the Bar Pro Bono Unit, the Personal Support Unit in the RCJ and by LawWorks, the solicitors’ voluntary service to assist litigants in person.

Barrister volunteers make themselves available on applications day within Central London County Court and the Rolls Building to assist litigants in person with applications as when such assistance is required.

Chambers supports and encourages barristers who undertake relevant work to donate a day of their time to the CLIPS scheme.

The Free Representation Unit

Most of our more junior members of Chambers have provided assistance to applicants of the Free Representation Unit in the early stages of their careers and many of our pupils actively work with FRU providing advice and advocacy in the areas of employment law and social security.

FRU has been providing representation in social security and employment tribunals since 1972 and invites applications for legal assistance from people who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford lawyers.

 

Purpose of pro bono assistance

Our members carry out pro bono work as part of a long-standing tradition at the Bar of offering our expertise at no cost to deserving members of the public and organisations and as part of what we consider to be our social responsibility.

It is Chambers belief that pro bono legal services is not a substitute for the proper funding by government of Legal Aid agencies, Community Legal Centres and other government funded legal services and that the promotion of pro bono legal services should not lead to a reduction of legal aid or to a failure by government properly to fund Legal Aid, Community Legal Centres and other government funded legal services.

If you would like further information

Our friendly and knowledgeable clerks will be pleased to direct you to the person best able to help. Email them or telephone: +44 (0)20 7815 3200.

We look forward to working with you.