Kings undertakes work via the Bar Pro Bono Unit. The Unit acts as a clearing house, matching barristers prepared to undertake pro bono work with those who need their help.
Sam Karim is the scheme director of the Manchester Public Law Pro-Bono Scheme based at the Civil Justice Centre which was launched in November 2012. The scheme offers a two-tier system. The first is an appointment-based advice service for those wanting to bring a judicial review claim where a qualified lawyer and two students give practical advice on the claim.
The second tier is where litigants in person who have failed to obtain permission for judicial review on paper are referred by the court to the service in order for a solicitor-advocate or barrister, assisted by two students, to present an oral application seeking permission.
Kings has many members from most of our specialist practice areas who undertake pro bono cases for those in need. We also participate in the annual Manchester Legal Walk to raise money to support the work of the Unit.
Kings members are also involved in The Royal Town Planning Institute's Planning Aid Programme which provides free, independent and professional planning advice to communities and individuals who cannot afford to pay professional fees.
Kings Chambers have a dedicated team of barristers that provide pro bono legal advice, and assistance to the Manchester University School of Law Legal Advice Centre Nigel Clayton is part of this team, and in addition serves on their Advisory Board.