Ensuring everyone in the UK, regardless of income or geographical location, has access to high quality legal advice, so that they can realise their rights.
Access to justice is a fundamental concept that underpins democracy and human rights. Cuts in legal aid and government funding have significantly reduced services, and there are ‘advice deserts’ across the country.
Individuals may not always be aware of their rights, and many experience multi-faceted problems that may have an unrecognised legal solution at the root. Without free and easily accessible legal advice, individuals with social welfare needs who cannot afford lawyers are denied access to justice.
Civil society organisations delivering legal advice or public law challenges and strategic litigation face significant difficulties with demand increasing while legal services are being cut.
We support organisations that increase access to justice through provision of specialist legal advice and representation.
We sometimes fund organisations that are not specifically about legal advice but are concerned with the principles of human rights and the rule of law.
Grants range in size, with most grants awarded being in the range £10,000 to £20,000.
The A B Charitable Trust is happy to provide funding for core costs.