For a society where everyone has access to justice.

About The Access To Justice Foundation

The Access to Justice Foundation was set up by the legal profession. We are the only national charity solely focused on funding and supporting access to justice. The Foundation give grants to advice agencies across the country that provide legal advice on a range of issues.

Our Objectives

To increase funding for the advice and pro bono sectors to ensure we meet the needs of our beneficiaries, to include local and regional fundraising.

To build on the effectiveness of grant making to both local and national organisations within the sector.

To support the sector by providing leadership and encouraging collaboration.

We raise funds and distribute them  to  advice agencies who can make the most difference to the lives of vulnerable people.

We fund Law Centres, local citizens’ advice, independent advice agencies, pro bono projects and national charities, which help to facilitate access to justice.

We work in partnership with other funders, networks, infrastructure bodies and frontline agencies. We aim to champion the use of the law as a tool for social change. 

Key Facts

The organisations we support work tirelessly to help the most vulnerable in society. Some examples of the work we fund include:- 

Over the past ten years we have made over 500 grants worth over £20m, providing advice to tens of thousands of people.

The Foundation’s most recent grants round had 100 applications, out of which we will only be able to support around 10% due to the funds that are available.

2/3 of the UK population don’t know how to get legal advice
14 Million people live in poverty and can’t afford access to justice
The legal aid budget, in real terms, is £950m less that it was in 2010

 Analysis shows up to a million people live in areas with no legal aid provision for housing, with a further 15 million in areas with one provider.

"We were immensely grateful to receive a grant from the Foundation. It helped us keep vital services open. We were able to develop more sustainable sources of funding, and we're now looking at expanding our services. "

Tower Hamlets Law Centre