Legal Resources

In the current economic climate where community, voluntary and charitable organisations are faced with increasingly limited resources, sourcing pro-bono legal services is a key way of controlling costs.
 
The Boardmatch Ireland Charity Legal Survey 2014 highlighted that the key areas in which not-for-profits are seeking legal advice are Employment, Contracts/Service Level Agreements and Constitution & Governance issues and that 47% of Boards discuss legal issues monthly or quarterly.
 
Many community and voluntary organisations who are engaged in significant advocacy work are also interested in the developing area of public interest litigation (PIL). PIL seeks to establish a new point of general law, while also securing a benefit for the individual involved and can be a very effective way of using the law to effect change for marginalised and disadvantaged groups.
 
We have listed below some organisations that may be able to assist you in securing free or low cost legal resources.  It is also worth approaching large legal firms, particularly those that are part of an international firm, and enquiring if they can provide supports via their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes.


TrustLaw-Thomson Reuters Foundation

Through TrustLaw, lawyers help organisations tackle their legal issues for free. This means NGOs and social enterprises can focus on their impact instead of spending vital resources on legal support.

www.trust.org
 

BoardMatch Ireland

There are a significant number of candidates with legal expertise registered on the Boardmatch website seeking directorships.

www.boardmatchireland.ie
 

PILA-Public Interest Law Alliance

PILA (Public Interest Law Alliance) is a public interest law network that seeks to engage and support civil society and the legal community in using the law to advance social change.

www.pila.ie
 

FLAC-Free Legal Advice Centres

FLAC is an independent voluntary organisation promoting equal access to justice for everybody. through Advice & Information, Analysis, Advocacy

www.flac.ie
 

The Bar of Ireland  - Voluntary Assistance Scheme

The Voluntary Assistance Scheme (VAS) is the pro bono scheme of The Bar of Ireland providing access to free barrister services/

www.lawlibrary.ie/Legal-Services/Voluntary-Assistance-Scheme.aspx

 

Ballymun Community Law Centre

www.bclc.ie
 

Community Law & Mediation, originally known as Coolock Community Law Centre

www.communitylawandmediation.ie/