New ways of funding access to justice

The Access to Justice Foundation was initially established to be the recipient of funds received from Pro Bono Costs Orders pursuant to s194 Legal Services Act 2007. In 2015 we also became the prescribed charity to receive undistributed sums from opt out collective actions in the Competition Appeals Tribunal pursuant to the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

This is a new area of law, and the first cases are working their way through the tribunal at the moment. We do not yet know whether or when any funds will be received, or what level of funding may be made available. However, given the potential significance of this as a new source of funding for the provision of free legal advice across the UK, we are working on plans to develop a collaborative approach to how these funds could be spent.

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