In the UK, litigants in Person can claim up to £19 per hour for time they spend working on their case (or the actual financial loss if this can prove this), where as Pro Bono costs can be claimed for any advice given for free by lawyers. But what if you're both?
As part of the Network's work on affordable advice our members from University House Legal Advice Centre share their resources and knowledge around legal expenses insurance and we examine how it can be used.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a grant scheme to help improve the quality and availability of advice across Great Britain. The are looking for applications from advice organisations that will use the funding to improve access to justice for the people they work with. Grants of £50,000 to £250,000 are available for schemes that aim to improve access to justice. The project should deliver an activity that organisations would otherwise have been unable to provide and meet one or both of the following criteria: improving the quality or quantity of discrimination or human rights advice; AND/OR improving information and knowledge sharing about discrimination and human rights in the advice sector, including information about the availability of advice and referral routes.
(Author: Laura Cassidy, Fundraising and Development Manager at the Access to Justice Foundation) Find out about the sponsored legal walks happening around the country and how you can get involved. Organised by Legal Support Trusts around the country, legal walks raise funds for free legal advice charities. If you are a charity that offers free legal advice or offers support to litigants in person (e.g PSU), you can 100% fundraise for your organisation.
Just a few pointers on where to get started when looking for funding, including how to write bids and possible sources of funding including open funding rounds.
Information on the ATJF's criteria and preferences regarding applications for funding. The trustees generally expect to hold two grants rounds a year with deadlines in November/December and February/March. Each round will be announced on the Foundation’s website. Please note that these distribution principles are subject to the discretion of the trustees and may be changed at any time. The current version will be published on the Foundation’s website. The trustees do not accept any duty or liability to any person seeking funding.