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Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit)

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Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit)
The National Pro Bono Centre
48 Chancery Lane

Public phone: 0207 092 3960


Website URL:

General information

Service offered: Advocate tries to find free legal help from barristers for people who cannot get public funding (legal aid) and cannot afford to pay. Applications can be made directly through the online form on the website or preferably through a referring agency (eg Citizen's advice, law centre, legal clinic) who can help complete the details needed. Applications can be made if any deadline is at least three weeks away (any closer and there is not enough time to process it). Successful applicants may be advised on a single piece of work (not a whole case) by barristers in writing or in conference, represented at court, in tribunals or assisted with mediation.

Target group: General public needing legal help where legal aid or any other funding is not available and private help is not affordable. Small organisations may also apply.

Area served: England and Wales.

How to contact: Phone (0207 092 3960 Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:15am – 12:45pm), email or write. Application forms and further information available via the website.


Monday: 10.15am - 12.45pm


Wednesday: 10.15am - 12.45pm


Friday: 10.15am - 12.45pm


Office Hours:


Wheelchair access: Not applicable

Accessible toilets: Not applicable

Access notes: Contact is by phone, email or letter.

Other information

Languages other than English:

Charity number: 1057620

Year established: 1996

Staffing: 14 staff + volunteers

Public transport: Not applicable - office not open to the public.

Record last checked: 17 June 2020


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