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A message from the BPBU.....


We are fast approaching the Authorisation to Practice (AtP) period and we are seeking your help in encouraging members of chambers to donate £30 to the Unit.  If you, or one of your colleagues, renew practising certificates on behalf of members we would be grateful if you would promote the benefits of a collective effort to support the Bar’s flagship charity. 

In 2016 over 50% of the Bar donated to the Unit. This optional donation was only introduced four years ago and it is testament to the Bar’s commitment to pro bono work that over half of all Members make this contribution. This simple and convenient donation option results in a significant portion of our funding. 

The £30 initiative has meant that over four years the Unit has facilitated the Bar to:

  • provide advice and or representation on 3,849 pieces of work;
  • help 1,521 people;
  • set up four major duty schemes: Rolls Building, Central London Family Court, Central London Employment Tribunal and Court of Appeal; and
  • collaborate with multiple front line agencies to support litigants in person.

 It has also meant that internally the Unit could:

  • hire two new caseworkers;
  • implement a comprehensive database to support better working;
  • upgrade its IT hardware;
  • streamline processes; and
  • begin to digitise its services. 

To continue this work in 2017 we invite your chambers to remember the Unit when practising certificates are renewed. 

We recognise that senior managers can be influential in these matters and all of us at the Unit are grateful for your support and the support of your Members.  On behalf of all our applicants who have access to justice through the Unit, thank you.

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 20/02/2017 17:35:40
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