Advancing human rights and equality
through public interest litigation

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Information for Solicitors

The PILS Project works with its solicitor members to advance human rights and equality in Northern Ireland. Our solicitor members help identify problems impacting vulnerable and disadvantaged people.  Given their experience of the law, together with their client-focused work, solicitors are in a position to highlight important public interest issues.  The PILS Project assists solicitors in the important work they do, by breaking down barriers to litigation so that public interest cases can be brought to court.

See our list of solicitor members here.


Why join?

  • Membership is free for any solicitor firm practising in Northern Ireland and members are under no duties or obligations.  Membership will enable solicitor firms to access services free of charge and to receive publications, which include a monthly update, and details about events being held.
  • The PILS Project operates a pro bono register sourcing legal practitioners to provide legal opinions and court representation on public interest issues. 
  • The PILS Project has a litigation fund which it uses to help members with the costs of bringing public interest cases.  The PILS Project can provide an indemnity to pay the other party’s costs if the case is lost. The litigation fund can also cover disbursements (for example court fees, expert reports) and, in exceptional circumstances, professional legal fees.
  • Solicitor members can avail of free CPD training and other events.
  • Solicitor members will have opportunities to engage in collaborative working with other solicitors, NGO members and pro bono legal practitioners.

If you have any queries about joining, please e-mail or telephone (0044) 28 90 994 258.


How do I join?

Joining is quick and easy – click here to sign up. 


Pro bono legal opinion

To request a pro bono legal opinion please complete this form (also available in pdf here) and email it to


Casework support applications

To request financial support for a public interest case please complete this form (also available in pdf here) and email it to