News from the Access to Justice Foundation

Our Memorable Moments of 2020

We can all agree that this year has been an incredibly challenging one. In a year of great uncertainty, we have remained focused on strengthening and supporting the advice sector through grant-making, fundraising and impactful partnerships. We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate a few key moments from 2020 and say thank you…

Give the gift of unclaimed client accounts this Christmas

Donating your firm’s dormant client accounts to the Access to Justice Foundation can make a big difference to the number of free legal advice organisations we are able to support throughout the UK. The sums themselves may seem trivial, ranging from a few pence to a few thousand pounds, but to put it in perspective,…

New vacancy: Programme Administrator

We are looking for an experienced proactive and motivated individual to join our team as an Administrator to support the effective delivery of the LIPSS Partnership. The The Litigant in Person Support Strategy (LIPSS) is a national partnership working together to improve the experience of people facing the legal process alone. You will be joining a…

New vacancy: HR and Administration Officer

We are looking to recruit an experienced and professional HR & Administration Officer to provide human resources and administrative support across the charity. You will be joining a very friendly and driven team at a crucial and exciting time for the charity. The role We are looking for someone who is proactive, energetic and motivated,…

The Community Justice Fund injects £11.5m into UK’s free legal advice sector as it tackles ongoing impact of COVID-19

178 not-for-profit specialist legal advice services across the UK have been awarded grants in the first round of funding The Community Justice Fund, an initiative set up to support not-for-profit legal advice organisations as they cope with the impacts of COVID-19, has awarded £11,536,308 in its first round of funding to 178 specialist legal advice…

INTERVIEW: Laurence Harris, Chairman of the Access to Justice Foundation

We are delighted to welcome Laurence Harris as the new Chairman of the Access to Justice Foundation, taking over from Lord Goldsmith, QC who has stepped down after 12 years in the role. Laurence Harris is currently a partner at international law firm Cooley LLP and is vice chair of its global litigation department. He…

BLOG: Pro Bono Costs Orders: Unlocking funds for justice

As many of you may know, the Access to Justice Foundation is the charity designated to receive the money from Pro Bono Costs Orders. Before 2008, legal costs could not be awarded in cases where the winning party was represented for free. Section 194 of the Legal Services Act 2007 changed this. Since our foundation…

MOJ and ATJF work in partnership to offer further support for Litigants in Person through LSLiP Grant

People representing themselves in court will receive enhanced legal support following £3.1 million in additional funding the Ministry of Justice has announced. New £3.1 million grant to enhance free legal advice and support Jointly delivered by Ministry of Justice and Access to Justice Foundation Major £500,000 investment already awarded to national projects   In a…

BLOG: It all adds up! Why you should donate your unclaimed client accounts

What are unclaimed client accounts? Unclaimed or dormant client accounts are sums of money which lie dormant in the client account of many firms of solicitors, often untouched for years. If you have made reasonable attempts to find the client to return this money, but have not had success, you can donate these funds to…