Donate your unclaimed client account balances and give access to justice to those that need it most .

Indemnifying donations

The Access to Justice Foundation can provide you with a written indemnity for your unclaimed client account fund donations.

If your client is later traced you can ask us for the funds back we will return them, making your donations risk free, and compliant.

Donate your unclaimed client account funds and give access to justice to those that need it most.

Indemnifying donations

We can provide a written indemnity for all unclaimed client account fund donations. If your client resurfaces you can ask us for the funds back, making your donation risk free.

Put dormant funds to positive use - risk free

The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered what the free legal advice sector has feared and campaigned about, for many years. That, due to the lack of adequate investment and sufficient funding, there is an extremely fragile and inconsistent level of free legal advice provision in the UK, with providers forced to deal with increasing calls for immediate assistance against a backdrop of shrinking resources.

Advice deserts are an ever-increasing concern and people are falling through the cracks, losing their homes, health, families and livelihoods, often simply due to their being unable to access the help they need early enough.

With your help, the Access to Justice Foundation will raise and distribute the essential funding required to pay for the provision of a sustainable range of free legal advice services across the whole of the UK.

Your risk free donations help to ensure that people in your community, who are facing the most challenging  of times, are given access to free specialist legal advice and guidance at the time that they need it most.

Areas of law identified by free legal advice providers as seeing the greatest increase during COVID

Source: The Community Justice Fund
 

Case Studies: your donations make a difference

Additional benefits:

Risk reduction & compliance

Donations are risk free. 

The guidance tools and resources provided are based on best practice for dealing with residual balances in a consistent, timely and compliant manner. The outline processes take  the SRA Accounts Rules into account fully. 

The Access to Justice Foundation can provide an SRA approved written indemnity for unclaimed client account donations as required, which means that if your client is later traced, we will return the donated balance to you.

Operational Efficiency 

Donating residual/dormant client balances , helps to reduce the ongoing administrative burden associated with holding balances for any length of time.

Your audited accounts will evidence that you are adhering to the SRA accounts rules and enable you to approach the each year with an up to date and compliant client balance ledger.

Corporate Social Responsibility 

Support a cause which correlates with your business. Your donations will help us to provide frontline legal advice providers with the tools and resources that they need to meet the needs of vulnerable people, living in your local community. 

By financially supporting the provision of early intervention, through specialist legal advice and guidance, we can help ensure that more people have their voices heard, exercise their legal rights, challenge discrimination and hold decision-makers accountable, regardless of whether they have means to pay for advice, or not. 

This early support also helps to ensure that issues which  might have been easily resolved do not escalate, due to lack of advice or attention, and create additional cluster issues. 

Sending your donations:

Funds can be transferred to:

Account name: The Access to Justice Foundation
Account number: 0001 8272
Sort code: 40-52-40

Please ensure that  ‘UCA’ and your organisation’s name is included in the transfer reference.

Please email clientbalances@atjf.org.uk with your donation details so that a receipt and indemnity can be sent.

 

Alternatively, if a bank transfer is not possible cheques may be forwarded to:
The Access to Justice Foundation

The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London, SE11 5RR 

We will issue a receipt, and an indemnity for sums over £500.

 We can provide indemnities amounts less that £500 are available upon request.

Please include a note with the client name and internal reference number.

 

For further guidance on donating unclaimed client account funds please contact us

Indemnifying donations

The Access to Justice Foundation can provide you with a written indemnity for your unclaimed client account fund donations.

If your client is later traced you can ask us for the funds back we will return them, making your donations risk free, and compliant.