The Access to Justice Foundation
The Access to Justice Foundation aims to improve access to justice for the most vulnerable in society. We do this by raising funds and distributing them to organisations that support those who need legal help but cannot afford it. Receiving legal help makes an enormous difference to people’s lives, helping to reduce debt, poverty and suffering.
The Foundation was established in 2008 by the Advice Services Alliance, Bar Council, CILEx and Law Society. Uniquely its role was envisaged in statute, and by order of the Lord Chancellor it is the prescribed recipient of funds from “pro bono costs” under the Legal Services Act 2007. The Foundation partners with a network of seven Legal Support Trusts across England and Wales, and works with the national pro bono and advice organisations.
The Foundation has a key role in supporting the recently announced Litigants in Person Support Strategy funded by the Ministry of Justice and has recently been selected as the recipient of residue funds in opt-out collective actions under the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
The Board of Trustees is chaired by former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith QC and includes senior members of the legal profession and advice sector, including former presidents/chairs of the Bar Council, CILEx and Law Society. Operationally the Foundation is led by a Chief Executive working with a small team of staff and volunteers.
For more information visit www.atjf.org.uk
Requirements of the role:
- Accountancy qualification.
- Experience of accounting practice and financial management/analysis.
- Enthusiasm about the work of the Foundation and the pro bono/free legal advice sector.
- Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
- Willingness to devote the necessary time to the Treasurer role, including attendance at quarterly Board meetings together with ad-hoc meetings in central London (travel expenses will be reimbursed).
- Knowledge/experience of practice relevant to charities (desirable).
A role description for the position is attached. If you are interested, please send your CV with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on 17th July. Interviews will be held in central London on 27th July.
We are committed to equality and diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.