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Pro Bono Week 2021 Event: Pro Bono in the Community – the Bristol Perspective



In celebration of National Pro Bono Week 2021, the Bristol Pro Bono Group invites you to a virtual panel discussion on all things pro bono in Bristol. In this vibrant city, universities, third sector organisations, the bar and private practice firms all participate in the provision of pro bono legal assistance to those members of the public who most need it. Our panellists from across the legal profession will discuss their perspectives on the highs, lows, challenges and success stories in providing pro bono assistance through legal advice clinics.


Date: Tuesday 2 November 2021

Time: 6.30-8pm GMT

Location: Microsoft Teams


Register to attend here.


At this event, our chair, Richard Grimes will lead an engaging panel discussion with contributors from across the legal profession:

  • Richard Grimes – qualified as a solicitor in 1977 and worked initially in a law centre and later as a full-equity partner for a provincial law firm. Richard then moved into academia and has since worked at several universities in England and Ireland where he has combined his interest in teaching and research with legal practice, in the belief that one informs the other. He has been published widely on topics of legal education, clinical methods and developing legal skills.

  • Omar Madhloom – a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol and a practicing in-house solicitor. Omar has been coordinating university law clinics since 2012. His research focuses on professional legal ethics.

  • Rachel Wood – Director of the Business and Law Clinic at the University of the West of England. Rachel oversees pro bono and clinic projects across the Department of Law and the wider Faculty of Business and Law.

  • Zak Coles – a solicitor at Simmons & Simmons specialising in insurance and defendant professional negligence work in the construction industry. Zak is a former volunteer at the Bristol Law Centre and a recently appointed Deputy District Judge on the Western Circuit.

  • Eve Farnsworth – a third seat trainee solicitor at Simmons & Simmons in Bristol. Eve has participated in various aspects of pro bono including volunteering at the Bristol Employment Law Clinic.

  • Ellen Goodland – an employment law solicitor at Burges Salmon. Ellen has been involved in a number of pro bono projects and most recently has provided free employment law advice through the Bristol Law Centre.

With additional input from:

  • Evi Economou – Development Officer at Bristol Law Centre. Evi has been coordinating the Law Centre’s pro-bono clinics for the last 4 years where they help people access free legal advice on civil disputes, family and employment law issues.

  • Jeremy Thompson – Service Manager of Support Through Court’s Bristol and Exeter offices, having worked for them since April 2019. Previously Jeremy worked for Shelter and, up to 2012, worked in private practice, specialising in Claimant Personal Injury Law.

  • Rachel Lobley – associate at Simmons & Simmons specialising in insurance and construction disputes. She also regularly provides pro bono legal advice on a number of different kinds of dispute. With Omar Madhloom she is co-chair of the Bristol Pro Bono Group.




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