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Jess Campbell

Jess Campbell

Jess is Chief Executive of the Bar Pro Bono Unit, before which she spent five years at the Bar Council as head of policy for regulatory issues and law reform.

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Pro Bono Watch

With the start of the legal year, the Bar Pro Bono Unit marks a new beginning of its own as we introduce our new Head of Casework, Melanie Ross

28 September 2018
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Pro Bono Watch

It’s been a busy few months for the Bar Pro Bono Unit. This month’s Pro Bono Watch celebrates the launch of Pro Bono Champions and announces the expansion of the Bar Pro Bono Awards

29 June 2018
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Pro Bono Watch

Jess Campbell explains how pro bono can help pupils find their feet; introduces the first set of Pro Bono Patrons; and celebrates the chambers already signed up to raise vital funds in this year’s London Legal Walk

30 April 2018
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ProBonoWatch

As poor decision-making by authorities forces more people to turn to courts or tribunals for remedy, Jess Campbell explains the difficulties faced by LiPs

05 October 2017
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Pro Bono Watch

Jess Campbell explains a landmark Court of Appeal Unit case and the importance of pro bono costs orders; updates on strategic funding opportunities; and shares current cases looking for counsel by area of law and Circuit

There are a multitude of reasons to undertake a pro bono case, but one that brings many junior barristers to our door is that Bar Pro Bono Unit cases offer the junior Bar an opportunity to take their first steps in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

25 April 2017
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Pro Bono Watch

Ch-ch-changes: Jess Campbell reflects on a significant year for the Bar Pro Bono Unit; explains what the £30 initiative means to litigants in person; and sets out how volunteering fits so well with the wellbeing initiative

The close of a year is always a good time for reflection and the Bar Pro Bono Unit has much to reflect on from 2016. 

24 January 2017
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Pro Bono Watch

From fledging clearing house to today’s long-reach service embedded in Bar culture, Jess Campbell reflects on 20 years of pro bono within the profession

In 1995, when Peter Goldsmith QC was Chairman of the Bar, it became increasingly apparent how many people needed the legal services of barristers but were unable to afford them.

26 September 2016
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Pro Bono Watch

Jess Campbell reports on the joined-up efforts of the pro bono community to meet the mammoth post-LASPO upsurge in litigants in person

I am delighted to report that 52% of the Bar donated £30 to the Bar Pro Bono Unit (the Unit) through the authorisation to practise process, which concluded in April.

27 June 2016
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Pro Bono Watch

As the Bar Pro Bono Unit marks its 20th anniversary, Jess Campbell explores the journey of a recent case – an apt reminder of what the Unit was set up to do

We are now a quarter of the way into 2016, the Bar Pro Bono Unit’s 20th year, and readers will just have finished renewing their practising certificates. 

21 March 2016
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Pro Bono Watch

Jess Campbell provides an overview of pro bono work countrywide, reviews a successful National Pro Bono Week and issues an appeal for Gift Aid declarations

Since my last column (October 2015), Bar Pro Bono Unit (BPBU) staff have travelled across England and Wales: to the Legal Wales Conference in Cardiff, to the Civil Justice Council and Ministry of Justice meetings in Norwich and Bristol, and given talks in Birmingham, Newcastle and Nottingham, to name but a few.

18 December 2015
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