The following organisations are already signed up to the Network, committing to working in partnership to support each other to provide the best possible support to people seeking access to justice. Please contact us to have your organisation featured here.
Access to Justice Foundation
The Access to Justice Foundation was set up by the legal profession to improve access to justice for those most in need. We do this by raising funds and distributing those funds to pro bono and advice agencies throughout the country to support the provision of free legal advice.
Access to Justice Research Network
The Access to Justice Research Network/Le Réseau de recherche sur l’accès à la justice (AJRN/RRAJ) is a space for discussion, collaboration and coordination in access to justice (A2J). AJRN combines a listserv and website to allow justice stakeholders to easily exchange resources, including scholarly articles, research findings, case commentaries, best practices, policy reports, etc., related to new access to justice work happening in Canada and abroad.
Advicelocal provides locally-tailored information across seven areas of social welfare law - welfare benefits and tax credits; council tax; debt and money advice; housing and homelessness; employment and work issues; disability and social care; and asylum and immigration - and a free 'Find an adviser' directory of independent advice organisations across the UK to help people access local support in finding out more about their rights.
AdviceUK is an umbrella body with 690 member organisations across England, Scotland and Wales. AdviceUK members are largely independent community organisations some of which are specialist advice providers. Some AdviceUK members are national or regional, many are local. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
Advising Communities is one of the UK's leading legal advice charities working to tackle poverty and social injustice. We provide generalist and specialist advice (across all areas of social welfare law) to Londoners in need, as well as legal and technical advice and support to community organisations across the country.
Affordable Justice, a women’s social enterprise in Hull whose ground-breaking legal service supports women to escape from violent and abusive relationships and allow them to rebuild their lives. We want to ensure that women can access legal advice and representation by offering affordably-priced, non-profit making legal services, provided by qualified solicitors who are experts in this field.
Avon & Bristol Law Centre
Avon & Bristol Law Centre is a not for profit charity which responds to over 6,000 enquiries annually. We provide free legal advice and representation to vulnerable people needing access to justice. Working with volunteers and pro bono legal professionals enables us to maximise our offer of support.
Bar Pro Bono Unit
The Bar Pro Bono Unit is the Bar’s national charity. We match make members of the public who need help with barristers who are willing to donate their time and expertise for those who are unable to obtain legal aid and cannot afford to pay.
The Baring Foundation is an independent grant-making foundation working to improve the quality of life of people experiencing disadvantage and discrimination. Since 2015, our Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme has focused on supporting the effective use of the law and human rights by the voluntary sector to achieve social change.
Birmingham Peoples Centre
Birmingham Peoples Centre provides free advice, casework and representation to people experiencing employment problems who have no other source of support. We assist people who live or work in Birmingham. For those with the confidence to manage their own case we can provide guidance,resources and on-going support right up to the employment tribunal.
BPP University Law School
BPP University is one of the UK's leading universities dedicated to business and the professions. BPP University Law School, through the Pro Bono Centre, provides student led advice services to litigants in person in the following areas of law: Consumer, Employment, Enterprise, Family, Housing, Small Claims and general litigation at various locations throughout England.
Central England Law Centre
Central England Law Centre is a charity specialising in social welfare law. We have offices in Coventry and Birmingham and we employ lawyers who provide free legal advice to people in our communities who are disadvantaged through poverty or social exclusion. We provide specialist advice and representation in Community Care, Debt, Employment and Discrimination, Immigration and Asylum, Housing, Family, Welfare Benefits and Public Law.
Child Law Advice Service
Child Law Advice is operated by Coram Children’s Legal Centre. We provide specialist advice and information on child, family and education law to parents, carers and young people in England
Citizens Advice provides free, confidential and independent advice to help people overcome their problems and find a way forward. We are a voice for our clients and consumers on the issues that matter to them. We value diversity, champion equality and challenge discrimination. We're here for everyone. In 2016 - 2017 We helped 2.7 million people face to face, over the phone, by email and webchat. There were also 43 million visits to our online advice pages.
Citizens Advice Gateshead
set up in 1957 to provide the advice people need for the problems they face. Citizens Advice Gateshead’s vision for our service is to help people take control of their lives through advice, information, advocacy and guidance. We’re committed to ensuring that people can access free, independent, confidential and impartial advice about their rights and responsibilities.
Citizens Advice Hull & East Riding
We provide free, confidential and independent advice to help people overcome their problems. We value diversity, champion equality and challenge discrimination and harassment. We provide a range of advice services operating from 4 main offices and over 40 outreaches across Hull and the East Riding. We can help people with: Money and debt, Family, Welfare benefits, Housing, Employment, Consumer, And much more.
Citizens Advice North East Lincolnshire
our charity was founded in 1939. Since then we've given advice, information and support to anyone who needs it. We help people online, over the phone and face to face from our office and outreaches. Every year thousands of people turn to us. This gives us a unique insight into their needs and concerns. We use this knowledge to campaign on big issues both locally and nationally.
Citizens Advice Shepway
Citizens Advice Shepway provides advice, assistance and representation to Shepway and East Kent residents covering a wide range of enquiry areas including Benefits, Housing, Debt, Employment, Immigration and Consumer. We also work to improve the policies and practices affecting people’s lives through using client data/experiences to lobby for positive changes.
The Citizenship Foundation enables children and young people to make a positive difference to their society. We provide teaching resources and create life-changing practical experiences that give young people a voice, broaden their horizons and increase their confidence and ability to navigate the democratic system and make positive social change.
CLOCK provides a direct tab for persons seeking access to justice to apply for assistance for Community Legal Companions (trained law students) to signpost for legal aid, affordable fixed fee, pro bono services and direct assistance in court.
Clyde & Co
Clyde & Co is an international law firm that supports and champions pro bono legal advice services across our UK and global offices, through staff volunteering and financial donations. Volunteers provide pro bono legal advice at local advice clinics and children’s hospices, as well as provide individual advice to social entrepreneurs, artists and charity partners.
Derbyshire Law Centre
Derbyshire Law Centre aims to achieve equal access to justice for all sections of the community, particularly those of limited means, by providing legal services in social welfare law in the Derbyshire area. We provide specialist advice including casework in Employment, Housing, Immigration, Debt, and Community Care.
diyLAW believes it is the only organisation approaching the litigant in person (LiP) - issue from a LiP point of view. diyLAW attempts to level the playing field for LiPs by demystifying the complicated legal process. diyLAW provides information about the Law via its website. LiPs are encouraged to use our website to help resolve their legal disputes at the earliest possible stage.
Eastern Legal Support Trust
The Eastern Legal Support Trust (ELST) is a grant-making charity, formed in 2010, to raise funds for free legal advice services in the East of England. The Trust works to enable the provision of free legal advice to members of the public who would otherwise be disadvantaged and also supports other charitable work that promotes access to justice. @EasternLegal
FNF Both Parents Matter Cymru
FNF Both Parents Matter Cymru is a registered charity providing information, advice and assistance to parents and grandparents experiencing child contact problems across the whole of Wales. Our face to face monthly support meetings focus on peer led emotional support - responding to the needs of service users to help them cope with the difficulties they face. More information contact - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formed in 2012 to support the work of Citizens Advice Gateshead through the provision of social responsible commercial services. Currently offering a Specialist Employment Law advice service known as Job Law visit gatesheadenterprises.org.uk for more information.
We believe in social justice through human rights. We monitor and advocate economic and social rights in the UK. Economic and social rights include the rights to food, adequate housing, education, health, social security, water and sanitation, and to work. Just Fair monitors compliance with international human rights law, lobbies authorities and conducts training to empower groups and rights-holders.
Just for Kids Law
Just for Kids Law provides young people with holistic services to address all their needs. Our services include: independent youth advocacy, specialist lawyers in criminal law, education law, and community care law, and an Opportunities Programme, which includes our Just for Kids Law Ambassadors. We also push for structural change through strategic litigation and policy work, and we provide legal training to professionals working with young people.
JUSTICE is an all-party law reform and human rights organisation working to strengthen the justice system – administrative, civil and criminal – in the UK. We're a membership organisation, primarily of the legal profession with a vision of fair, accessible and efficient legal processes, in which the individual’s rights are protected.
Law Centres Network
Law Centres are law practices that are charities, specialising in social welfare law. They employ lawyers to give free legal assistance, casework and representation to disadvantaged people. The Law Centres Network is the national membership charity that supports and develops Law Centres and acts as their collective voice.
Law for Life
Law for Life provide the information and education elements of the LIPSS and our website, Advicenow, is the Strategy’s central resource for all LiPs. It provides practical step-by-step guides for LiPs, and explains how to access available practical support, legal advice, and representation. Advicenow also draws together all the best up-to-date information for LiPs from elsewhere.
LawWorks is a charity working in England and Wales to connect volunteer lawyers with people and small not-for-profit organisations in need of free legal advice.
Legal Action Group
Legal Action Group (LAG) is a national, independent charity that promotes equal access to justice for all. To this end, it seeks to improve law and practice, the administration of justice and legal services through its publishing and training programmes and campaigning and policy work.
LegalVoice is an online magazine about ‘access to justice’. It is aimed at legal aid law firms, the not-for-profit sector and all organisations providing publicly-funded legal advice in the UK. It was launched in May 2012 anticipating the impact of the LASPO (Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act) cuts.
Midland Legal Support Trust
The Midland Legal Support Trust (MLST), a grant-making charity, was formed in 2010 to raise and distribute funds to organisations providing free legal advice services in the Midland region of England. The charities supported by the MLST provide free legal help to people facing problems such as homelessness, debt, employment, family issues, mental health problems, and injustice and they desperately need funds to support their work.
Money Advice Trust
The Money Advice Trust is a charity which helps people across the UK tackle their debts and manage their money with confidence. The Trust’s main activities are providing free advice through National Debtline and Business Debtline; supporting advisers through Wiseradviser; and improving the UK’s money and debt environment through policy, research, innovation grants and awareness raising campaigns. We work closely with a range of stakeholders from industry, the advice sector, government and regulators; partnership is at the heart of how we fulfil our mission. You can find out more about us by visiting www.moneyadvicetrust.org.
National Justice Museum Education
National Justice Museum Education helps young people to gain a practical understanding of the law and justice system, empowering them to play an active role in their community. We do this through interactive, inspiring educational workshops at legal and heritage sites across the UK.
National Pro Bono Centre
The National Pro Bono Centre was established in 2010 with the aim of bringing together charities dedicated to the provision of pro bono legal services and access to justice. The Centre is located at 48 Chancery Lane, in the heart of the legal district, and is currently home to nine organisations including the Bar Pro Bono Unit and LawWorks (the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group).
Norfolk Community Law Service
Norfolk Community Law Service (NCLS) exists to identify gaps in the provision of free legal advice in Norfolk and to work with partner agencies to develop services to try to meet those gaps. We provide a range of free legal advice services including employment, family, domestic abuse, debt, welfare benefits (including representation at Tribunal), immigration & discrimination.
North East Legal Support Trust
The North East Legal Support Trust (NELST) is a grant-making organization as part of the Access to Justice Foundation, which raises and distributes funds to support free legal advice services and access to justice for all. The Trust raises funds and distributes them in local areas; Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Country Durham. @NELST
North West Legal Support Trust
The North West Legal Support Trust (NWLST) is a grant-making charity, which raises and distributes funds to support free legal advice services and access to justice for all in the North West of England. The Trust covers a wide area that includes Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester. @NWLST
Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is the national human rights institution for Northern Ireland. The commission’s role is to advise the Secretary of State and NI Assembly on human rights issues and to promote and protect the human rights of all people in Northern Ireland. The commission is in a joint project with Ulster University school of law to examine the circumstances of litigants in person in family and bankruptcy courts.
openJustice is a new publishing project raising awareness of the many issues affecting the rule of law and access to justice in the UK. As well as educating and inspiring debate, we work collaboratively to bring about changes in the law and policy. We are hosted by the global independent media platform openDemocracy. We are looking for potential writers and funders, so if you are interested please get in touch
Personal Support Unit
The PSU is an independent charity supporting people going through the court process without legal representation.The PSU has more than 500 trained and experienced volunteers.
Pro Bono Community
Pro Bono Community provides specialised training for lawyers, trainees and law students aimed at equipping them with the skills to work as volunteers in Law Centres and advice agencies. The charity has developed modular training programmes in a variety of areas of social welfare law including welfare benefits, housing, employment, debt and consumer law with family and charity law courses under development.
Pro Bono Connect
Pro Bono Connect establishes a network of barristers and solicitors willing to collaborate on pro bono cases and a framework to enable them to do so. We do not initiate new cases but facilitate the collaboration of barristers and solicitors on existing cases. This leads to greater efficiency, less pressure on individual lawyers, a better service and an increase in pro bono work overall
Professional Paralegal Register
PPR is the overarching voluntary regulator for Paralegals in the unregulated market. We exist to enhance greater consumer choice and protection by providing regulation and standards that members must meet to be able to offer assistance to consumers. We are raising the standards for those who may assist LiPs and recently had a forum meeting at the House of Commons with our supporters from the Legal Ombudsmans Office.
Public Law Project
PLP is an independent national legal charity which aims to improve access to public law remedies for those whose access is restricted by poverty, discrimination or other barriers. PLP runs a project to increase access to legal aid for those that need it.
Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre
The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre is part of the Law Department at Queen Mary University of London. Undergraduate law students are trained to be Student Advisers, providing legal advice to members of the public in a range of legal areas. All students are supervised by qualified volunteer lawyers
RCJ Advice are a free national legal advice centre offering civil, family and housing procedural advice, referrals for specialist advice, and a range of services such as mediation, emergency court advocacy, bankruptcy and debt advice, and Court of Appeal representation.
Refugee Action is an independent, national charity that works to ensure that refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK can successfully rebuild their lives. We work with others to develop and deliver innovative services that benefit the majority of asylum seekers and refugees. We successfully build public and political support for policy change, so they can rebuild their lives. We are a trusted partner and ally for organisations that seek to enable refugees to rebuild their lives in the UK. One of the most vital areas of our work, Refugee Action’s Asylum Good Practice and Partnerships team supports organisations to increase their knowledge, skills and expertise, help them to adopt new approaches and work with others.
Resolution’s 6,500 members are family justice professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Their members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Members encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family - and in particular the best interests of children.
RightsInfo builds knowledge and support for human rights in the UK by producing engaging, accessible and beautifully-presented online human rights content. In two years, we have created a new digital media space for human rights, featuring award-winning infographics, stories, videos and explainers. Our work now reaches over a million people every week.
Rightsnet is a social welfare law website for advisers and related professionals that provides daily news and case law updates across five areas of law - welfare benefits, debt, housing, employment and community care - and facilitates peer-to-peer support through moderated discussion forums, which attract thousands of contributions each year from advisers across the UK.
Self-Represented Litigation Network
The Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) brings together justice system professionals to reform ALL aspects of the American civil legal system (courts, legal aid, the bar and non-legal partners) so that every person gets the legal help they need, when they need it, in a format they can use. We provide networking support, toolkits, evaluation, geospatial analysis, technical assistance and thought leadership to foster access to justice leadership and facilitate the adoption of consumer oriented best practices.
Small Claims Assistance
Small Claims Assistance provides affordable legal help to LiPs, enabling them to run their own litigation. I draft their legal documents, court forms and letters for them, and advise them throughout the litigation process. Small Claims Assistance is the half way house between full solicitor representation and the voluntary sector.
South West Legal Support Trust
The South West Legal Support Trust (SWLST) is a grant-making charity formed to raise funds for free legal advice services in the South West of England. The Trust works to enable the provision of free legal advice to members of the public who would otherwise be disadvantaged and also supports other charitable work that promotes access to justice.
Southwark Law Centre
Southwark Law Centre provides casework in employment, housing, public law, welfare rights, and asylum/Immigration law to those who could not otherwise afford this .We prioritise cases involving prevention of homelessness, destitution, discrimination, breaches of human rights and poverty. We provide training on legal rights and campaign to influence law, and policy.
The Legal Education Foundation
TLEF is an independent grant-making trust that promotes legal education to help people better understand and use the law. The Foundation is supporting a range of work supporting litigants in person to achieve just outcomes, placing a particular focus on the role of digital technology and on research.
The Transparency Project
The Transparency Project explains and discusses family law and family courts in England & Wales, and signposts to useful resources to help people understand the system and the law better. It works towards improving the quality, range and accessibility of information available to the public both in the press and elsewhere. The Project does not take on individual cases or provide legal services.
The Women’s Lawyer
The Women's Lawyer (TWL) provides legal advice and assistance in the form of a legal consultancy to those whom are acting as litigants in person. The legal consultancy was set up by Camilla Choudhury-Khawaja with the fundamental aim of assisting women with an affordable and approachable service with a focus upon divorce and relationship breakdown.
TLC Legals provide bespoke support for all your legal business needs, legal aid and private. Whilst our high success rates with legal aid appeal work is quite an achievement, prevention is better than cure. Our team of experts is here to help every step of the way. We are proud to proactively assist our clients to meet numerous and often complex contractual and regulatory requirements whilst promoting quality and maximising cash flow.
UCL Centre for Access to Justice
The UCL Centre for Access to Justice combines legal education with provision of pro bono advice to vulnerable communities. Through the UCL Integrated Legal Advice Clinic we offer specialist advice across welfare benefits, housing, community care, and education issues, as well as one-off advice on employment and family law matters.
UK Administrative Justice Institute
The UK Administrative Justice Institute (UKAJI) is funded by the Nuffield Foundation to kickstart the expansion of empirical research on administrative justice in the UK. In particular, UKAJI focuses on issues relating to: the operation of different administrative justice mechanisms; encouraging good early decision-making; efficiency and effectiveness of administrative justice systems; access to justice; enforcement and outcomes.
University of Law
As part of our training programme for the lawyers of the future, The University of Law pro bono programme provides free legal advice to members of the public. All our advisers are volunteer lawyers or postgraduate students who are training to become solicitors or barristers. Our student advisors are supervised by experienced practising lawyers. We offer legal advice on most social welfare law matters as part of well established Legal Advice Centre.
White Collar Legal
White Collar Legal provide affordable and accessible legal services to Litigants and SMEs. We can help you prepare legal documents and provide advice and assistance in various types of civil case and in certain cases, we can also assist you at Court hearings.
Working Families provides advice to parents and carers who work or wish to work. We have a legal helpline for free advice on maternity, paternity and flexible working rights, problems at work, discrimination and in-work benefits. The helpline is run by a team of solicitors and advisers and has an Advice Quality Standard Quality Mark. Call 0300 012 0312.
Yorkshire Legal Support Trust
As part of The Access to Justice Foundation; The Yorkshire Legal Support Trust (YLST) a grant-making organisation, which raises funds and distributes them to support free legal advice services and access to justice for all. The charities supported by the YLST help to facilitate access to justice for the poorest, most vulnerable and most disadvantaged members of society. @YorkshireLST