How to apply for a pro bono costs order

Pro bono costs orders can be applied for in civil courts and cost-bearing tribunals and can be included in settlement agrrements (ss 194-194B Legal Services Act and CPR 46.7).

For a full list of courts and tribunals where pro bono costs are available, and in depth guidance and information please refer to our FAQs.

The suggested wording for a pro bono costs order is:

The [party] must pay costs for pro bono representation on or before [date] to the Access to Justice Foundation (7 Bell Yard, London WC2A 2JR), [summarily assessed at £___] [or] [to be assessed on the standard/indemnity basis if not agreed]

Quick Guides

Guidance for Advocates

This guidance provides a quick overview of the steps that Barristers and Advocates should take when applying for pro bono costs orders, from the negotiation stages to the conclusion of the matter.

Guidance for Solicitors

An overview of the steps that Solicitors should take when applying for pro bono costs orders, including information on engagement letters and costs capping, as well as tips from solicitors who have obtained pro bono costs.

Templates

The editable templates below can be used to help you seek pro bono costs orders.

Learn how you can be part of the picture and increase the availability of pro bono support here.