20 UK and US law firms have come together and collectively set an annual target for pro bono work in the UK. The group that is estimated to have 10,000 fee-earners must meet an annual target of 25 hours per fee-earner. The group consists of some of the biggest names in the legal industry such as Linklaters, Allen & Overy, Ashurst, and DLA Piper. One of the main aims of the project is to promote the importance of a properly funded legal aid system, and stressed that their increased pro bono activity could not fill the gap left by the legal aid cuts.
Specific task forces will focus on key areas such as immigration and family matters, other areas such as homelessness will also get a special focus. These task forces will aim to collaborate and share information between firms and assess the need for pro bono intervention in certain areas of the law. The group wants to look into involving smaller firms and ways to fairly spread the cost of training. Improvements to links between solicitors and barristers working on pro bono matters will be also be targeted.