Claimant advice/cases: 100 Days' Project

The 100 Days Project was established in 2010 with the help of the Free Representation Unit (FRU) and the Bar Pro Bono Unit (BPBU).  The BPBU continues to help ELA to administer the project.  It is called the 100 Days Project because we aim to achieve at least 100 days of pro bono assistance each year.  

Cases

The 100 Days Project matches ELA members with deserving cases for unrepresented parties, often struggling with a lack of knowledge and expertise.  The project benefits unrepresented claimants, the Tribunal and employment lawyers alike.  As well as providing advocacy experience, it allows participants to keep in touch with interesting areas of law which they might not advise upon in their paid practice and can offer participants an opportunity to gain an insight into acting on the other side

The pro bono work offered through the project ranges from preparing for and representation at either a preliminary or a full hearing, a day’s casework on a complex case, or even just a couple of hours of advice to the claimant on the strengths and weaknesses of their case.

We receive case referrals from a number of agencies, including the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), LawWorks, Public Concern at Work (PCAW), as well as FRU and the BPBU.  The cases are varied and interesting, and volunteers of all levels of experience are much in demand.  

Two lawyers from Mischon de Reya recently took a 100 Days Project case to the Court of Appeal.

Read more about their experience here

See the current cases available 

If you would like to join the mailing list so that you receive the pro bono cases by email on a weekly basis, please send your details to 100days@elaweb.org.uk

This year twenty-four law firms and chambers have also pledged to provide pro bono assistance through the ELA “One Case Project”. 

ELA "One Case Project"

Volunteering 

You can volunteer for a particular case by following the links on the website and in the weekly email, or by emailing Cynthia Clerk, on cynthiac@elaweb.org.uk

If you are a solicitor and would like to make use of our barrister mentor scheme, you should indicate this in your email when accepting a case.  A barrister from 11KBW, Matrix or Littleton will be available to spend up to 90 minutes with you to offer advice and tips, particularly on how to prepare for a tribunal hearing. 

After you have volunteered for a case, the first step is to check for conflicts.  We will send you the party names so you can undertake this check.  If you are conflict-free, we will then put you in touch with the agency concerned, who will arrange to send you the paperwork and put you in touch with the Claimant.

For further information, please refer to our:

Guidance notes for volunteers 

Guidance notes for agencies