Carmen Pombo, the Director of the Fundación Fernando Pombo Rights tells Thomson Reuters Foundation about the importance of establishing pro bono in Spain, and many lawyers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are not aware of its existence.

With a well-established and effective legal aid system in place, it seemed there was no need of another way of providing free legal assistance to those who couldn’t afford lawyers’ fees.

Austerity spending cuts approved by the government are now threatening the welfare system, including legal aid, which could leave many in need of free legal services.

Reportage: Maria Caspani
Editing: Shanshan Chen

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