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Who we are

Advocate is a national charity that matches members of the public who cannot afford a barrister and cannot obtain legal aid with barristers happy to volunteer their services free of charge.  We make it possible for barristers to balance a dedicated practice with making a significant contribution to the community.

We are the sole pro bono charity to provide legal assistance in all areas of law, across all levels from tribunal through to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  Our panel of volunteer barristers are based across England and Wales, and we have over 3,800 barristers on our panel, including a third of all QCs.

Advocate is an application-based service which members of the public can access via referral from advice agencies, law centres, or their local MP who may help the applicant complete the form.  We ensure that in each case, the barrister providing assistance is of the same expertise and experience as would be expected in a paying case.

Advocate does not seek public funding: we were founded by barristers to help represent and administer the Bar’s pro bono effort.  The source of our funding is almost entirely through the Bar.

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Registered address
The National Pro Bono Centre,48 Chancery Lane


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