Challenging miscarriages of justice

The Centre for Criminal Appeals dedicates its practice to challenging unsafe convictions and unjust sentences. The ATJF awarded the Centre £10,000 in order for appellant prisoners to gain access to trial transcripts, which are usually unaffordable due to the high rates of private transcription companies. A case that benefitted greatly from this increase in funding […]

Using the law to tackle rather than punish drug use

Release provides legal advice, assistance and representation to people who engage with drug and/or alcohol treatment. They aim to assist at least 100-120 individuals during the year in over 300 client sessions. They help to resolve issues around debt, benefit payments and housing to create more stable living conditions for their clients.

Dealing with destitution

Passage 2000 supports and represents those who need to regularise their immigration status whilst sleeping rough so that they can access benefits accommodation and employment. They used their grant to employ a solicitor to help with the legal process, who was assisted by two volunteer solicitors. They aim to help at least 20 individuals per […]

Breaking the chains of trafficking

G was trafficked into the UK and forced to work from the age of 5 years old. She worked as an unpaid maid for them and was routinely beaten and abused. When she was a few years older she was sold on to another family who treated her in a similarly horrific fashion. This continued […]

Timely telephone advice in Hartlepool

Hartlepool Citizens Advice Bureau has used the money they received from the Access to Justice Foundation to maintain a ‘Telephone Advice Helpline’ for 18 hours a week. An example of their invaluable work involves the advice they gave to a 27 year old student in part time employment. The CAB immediately recognised that he was […]

Supporting survivors of domestic violence

Rights of Women (ROW) promotes the legal rights of women throughout England and Wales, with a particular focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable women that have experienced sexual and/ or domestic violence. The ATJF awarded £5000 to ROW in order to assist them in making a film that would aid women survivors of domestic violence to […]

Protecting disability rights

The Foundation awarded Vauxhall Community Law Centre a grant of £8,000. The Centre offers advice on many different legal issues, including employment disputes. This guidance was invaluable for local Vauxhall resident, Mrs D, who sought the support of the Law Centre in order to challenge a medical assessment by the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). […]

Protecting benefits after a lifetime of contributions

Mary is in her 60s, and she stopped work in 2007 as she suffers from Arthritis and emphysema. She was on incapacity benefit, but when that changed to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) in 2013, Mary gained only 3 points for mobility of the 15 needed.  Her ESA was stopped and the report says she […]

Standing up to discrimination and exclusion

Birmingham Community Law Centre received funding from the Access to Justice Foundation in order to fight social exclusion in communities and effect change in society. One client that  used these services, was Gemma, a car sales executive that was dismissed from her job within two months of informing her employer that she was pregnant. She […]

Defending workers’ rights

Paddington Law Centre was awarded a grant of £10,000 in order to pay for the salary of an Employment Law solicitor at the centre. A client that used this service was Mrs X, a disabled woman with various physical health conditions. After 20 years of service, she was bullied out of her job on account […]