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  • Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the government's advice to organisations, we're suspending some Law Society Charity activities from operating as usual.

    We're temporarily suspending the receipt of funding applications. We'll announce on the site when we can resume accepting applications.

    Our March meeting has been cancelled. Our next scheduled meeting is 30 June. We'll announce whether this meeting will take place closer to the date.

    The trustees would like to thank you for your continued interest and support.

    For more information, see guidance on coronavirus advice and updates.

    Update posted 23 March

    Who we are

    The Law Society Trustees Ltd Charity is a small charitable fund that awards funding and works with other charitable organisations that aim to further justice, both in the UK and overseas.

    Founded in 1974, the Charity acts independently of the Law Society but in close collaboration with it. Several of the trustees are members of the Law Society’s governing Council and committees.

    What we do

    We provide award funding and support to organisations working to promote human rights, access to justice and legal education in the public domain.

    We also work with the Law Society’s Human Rights Committee, International team, the Access to Justice Foundation and Solicitors Regulation Authority Ethics team, to name a few of the cross-working relationships we’ve established with other organisations.

    We participate in events at the Law Society with many of the communities, divisions and conferences.

    We focus award support to registered charitable organisations who:

    • are unable to obtain funding from elsewhere
    • do not have established or significant income streams
    • meet the needs of those from excluded, under-represented and disadvantaged groups

    The Charity supports charitable organisations, objects or purposes. In accordance with our charter we're not allowed to support individuals seeking legal representation, support for their legal education or work experience.

    We're unable to support requests from:

    • Community Interest Companies
    • start-ups without a year’s financial accounts
    • concerns that are based outside the UK
    • organisations that are already part of a larger network or foundation

    How you can help

    We need your support. We’re grateful to receive generous donations from solicitors, firms and individuals. By donating residual or unclaimed client balances, you’ll be helping us to continue to support projects and services both in the UK and overseas.

    We also accept personal donations as well as legacy donations.

    Ways to donate

    JustGiving

    Visit our JustGiving page.

    BACS Transfer

    Barclays Bank account 00568449

    Sort code 20 32 29

    Email a breakdown of names and balances of the amount(s) to lawsocietycharity@lawsociety.org.uk, especially if they're over £500 for any single client balance(s).

    Cheque

    Payable to the Law Society Charity and accompanied on letterhead with your name and email address so we may acknowledge your donation.

    Donation form (Word 179KB)

    SRA rules on residual balances

    However you choose to donate, if the amount is over £500 for a single client balance you need to get SRA approval by completing a withdrawal of residual client balances form. After you receive SRA approval, send a scanned copy of the approval to us with a list of names and balances. Single client balances over £500 are indemnified.

  • Contact us

    Call our Support Centre on 02072 421 222 or email the Company Secretary at:

    lawsocietycharity@lawsociety.org.uk

    The Law Society Charity is located at:

    The Law Society
    113 Chancery Lane
    London
    WC2A 1PL

    Registered Charity No.268736