Justice Week highlights the value of justice and the rule of law

This week (29 October to 2 November 2018) is Justice Week – a new initiative by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), the Law Society and the Bar Council designed to help increase public knowledge of the law and access to it.

The event aims to promote the value of justice and the rule of law to audiences beyond the legal community and highlight the work undertaken every day by individual legal practitioners – particularly that work which is undertaken pro bono.

Most of our students are working in the legal profession alongside their studies and we are often inspired by the work that they do, particularly work which is undertaken pro bono (for free).

Adrian Schwab, who followed the Graduate Fast-track Diploma route on his way to qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive, has been involved in pro-bono work since 2003 when he started volunteering with the Enfield Evening Advice Service, in north London.

Adrian, who started at the Law Works-approved law clinic as a trainee before working his way up to become manager, now carries out pro bono work in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

He said: “I have always have found pro bono work to be both an extremely rewarding and humbling experience, one which I can truly recommend to others.

“It is an opportunity to gain invaluable experience and a privilege to assist the most vulnerable members of our community, we can truly use our skills to make a difference and improve the quality of life of such deserving persons.

“The need for pro bono legal professionals has never been greater and in such demand.”

Adrian’s dedication to helping others saw him win the CILEx Pro Bono Award in 2015.

Saria Bashir, also a CILEx Pro Bono Award winner, has risen from a receptionist at a law firm to a partner and spearheads Coventry-based BHB Law’s free immigration clinic programme.

Speaking about the importance of pro bono work, she said: “There is a sense of personal achievement in assisting people who cannot access legal services. The most rewarding thing about the whole experience is how satisfying it is to provide a solution for the client.”

To find out more about Justice Week and what events are taking place, or to find out more about how you can get involved in pro bono work, visit CILEx’s website.