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Call for Applicants: Pro Bono Legal Assistance for Social Enterprise


We provide long term pro bono legal support for social enterprise, through participation in a programme that develops our trainee and junior lawyers’ commercial acumen and understanding of social impact in business; we call this programme HL BaSE Training.  After receiving two days of mini-MBA style training, delivered in partnership with Ashoka, teams of our trainee and junior lawyers provide on-going pro bono support to their social enterprise clients, under senior lawyer supervision.

We invite social enterprises seeking legal support in the following jurisdictions to apply to participate in HL BaSE Training: UK, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Spain, Russia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Belgium.


What support is available?


The support begins with a workshop at our central London office, during which each social enterprise sits down with its team of trainees/junior lawyers to carry out a legal-needs analysis, under senior lawyer supervision.

Together, the social entrepreneur and the legal team will identify one key legal issue that the social enterprise is facing; such as a new investment round, a key commercial contract, or an intellectual property issue.

Following the workshop the legal team will continue to work with their social enterprise client, on a pro bono basis, until the agreed work on the key legal issue is complete.

The next iteration of the HL BaSE Training programme will begin with a workshop on Wednesday 7th March 2018.


How to apply


Please download the Call for Applicants, in which you will find more information and a link to the Application Form.  


Places are awarded on an on-going basis from mid-January 2018, so please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


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HL BaSE Team

Hi Judith - thanks for your query and sorry for the delay in responding. We see that you have now submitted your application; thank you. ~ The HL BaSE Team


I have completed the BaSE application for pro bono legal advice, but do not have an address on where to email it or instructions on how to upload our Company Accounts, which are requested as part of the application process.
I am part of the Lloyd's Liverpool TradeUp SE group. CEDAR Education CIC, our org, is interested in applying for this BaSE programme. Can you advise? Many thanks and Happy New Year,
Judith@CEDAR (jrw@cedareducation.org.uk)