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Legal Healthcheck takes pulse of pro bono in Northern Ireland

PILS Project member organisations gathered in Belfast on Thursday 9 May for a lunchtime event, which aimed to raise awareness of the free legal support currently available in Northern Ireland.

Organised by PILS and A&L Goodbody (and hosted at the law firm’s city centre office), the Legal Healthcheck condensed a lot of key information into one lunch session.

Senior lawyers from A&L Goodbody provided an overview of how to Brexit-proof your employment policies, and shared the top 10 action points to coping with the infamous General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

If your organisation is a member of the PILS Project and you have a legal question, linked to human rights or equality issues, then the PILS Pro Bono Register could help.

This is a list of legal professionals who are committed to sharing their legal expertise – for free.

The solicitors, barristers and legal academics on that list have skills across a broad range of areas of law. They are committed to the idea of using law in the public interest to benefit society as a whole, focusing on solving problems that will advance human rights and equality for groups across Northern Ireland.

And their offer of help isn’t limited to taking cases to court. Experts on the Pro Bono Register can carry out legal research, give training to your staff on human rights issues or equality laws, prepare legal opinions, as well as representing clients pro bono (free of charge).

In addition, A&L Goodbody are a member of the Pro Bono Register too, so can offer their assistance to our members across a wide variety of topics.

This range of possibilities is open to all the NGOs and solicitor firms who are members of the PILS Project.

If you have questions on how to use the Pro Bono Register in your work:

  • write to the PILS Project team at        

  • tweet us @PILSni

  • call the office on 0044 28 9099 4258