Dormant Client Account Balances
Donate your dormant client account monies and help support access to justice. Any funds you donate will help improve access to justice by providing the most vulnerable in society with access to free legal assistance.
Unclaimed client account balances are an administrative burden on your firm as they must be analysed and explained to auditors on an annual basis. Help your firm by clearing them from your balance sheet.
Funds of £500 or less
Donating dormant funds of sums under £500 is easy. You must make reasonable attempts to establish the identity of and contact the money’s owner.
Where the rightful owner cannot be traced you may donate the amount to the Foundation by cheque payable to the Access to Justice Foundation (PO Box 64162, London WC1A 9AN) or by bank transfer (account number 00018272, sort code 40 52 40).
Amounts over £500
Amounts over £500 can also be paid to the Access to Justice Foundation provided SRA permission is granted. The application form can be obtained from the Professional Ethics Guidance Team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Access to Justice Foundation will provide a written indemnity as required by the SRA.
For complete information please see the booklet for law firms which includes a Q&A.
The booklet refers to additional documents for download:
• Template letter for finance managers
• "Time to act" message for clients
• Campaign postcard
The Foundation is very grateful to participating law firms for the time and effort to unlock these funds for the voluntary legal sector. Please send queries to email@example.com
The Foundation is delighted that this campaign is supported by the Institute of Legal Finance & Management.