LASER (Legal Assistance for Economic Reform) is a Department for International Development funded programme. It aims to improve investment climates in 8 developing countries by helping to identify and solve commercial law and justice problems, as well as sharing lessons about how to do this. LASER is managed by a consortium comprising KPMG and The Law & Development Partnership.
The objectives of the Sierra Leone pilot were to:
engage with the breadth of the legal profession, including members of the judiciary, barristers, solicitors and public sector lawyers, as well as related associations and organisations, to begin to develop a holistic, coordinated and demand-led approach to pro bono assistance in Sierra Leone
provide a platform for strategic engagement on commercial law and justice issues with the Government of Sierra Leone
enable the LASER programme to learn.
LASER has supported the establishment of the UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network which is intended to coordinate the different sources of UK based pro bono support available to Sierra Leone. This case study – co-authored with the Government of Sierra Leone – looks at the evolution of the Network, and asks whether this type of structure could serve as a ‘supply’ best practice model for coordinating UK pro bono assistance on a country-led basis.
Legal Assistance for Economic Reform and the Government of Sierra Leone. The UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network: a case study on demand led pro bono assistance (2015) 9pp