The Barristers’ Benevolent Association was founded in 1873 and exists to help past and present practising members of the bar in England and Wales, their families and dependants. Help is tailored to each individual case and when possible we seek to enable the beneficiary to solve their problem and continue in or return to a position where they can earn a living but where this is not possible, or not to be recommended, we can offer secured or unsecured loans or make grants. Our criteria are that the applicant is needy and deserving.
There are a wide range of reasons for needing help, there can be serious long-term or terminal illness, shorter health scares or accidents affecting income for weeks or months, unexpected financial problems due to circumstances beyond the beneficiary’s control, or problems of old age.
Although we cannot offer specific advice our staff can point people towards those who can, particularly in cases of financial need. We are also happy to be a contact on the phone, someone to call for a reassuring chat. In appropriate cases we are able to offer financial help, – as a grant or a secured or unsecured loan. If all else fails we can help with IVAs and bankruptcies.
Some beneficiaries receive regular “disregard” grants to top up their DWP benefits as well as other specific occasional help. Every case is unique and every application is considered on its own merits and circumstances.
We are a charity and rely on fundraising and donations from Chambers and individual barristers so please consider supporting us if you can.
Most of our clients, for obvious reasons, prefer to remain anonymous. That’s why every donation is so important, you could be helping a colleague, friend or their dependants get the financial or emotional support they need and although hopefully you will never need us yourself, if the worst was to happen we will be there to help you and your family through any difficulties you may have.
We believe that almost every member of the practicing Bar can afford to donate at least a sum equivalent to one hour of their charging rate without feeling any real difference.
For further details please visit our website where you will find case studies, our annual review, fundraising events, details of how to donate, enquiry and application forms. www.the-bba.com or go straight to our justgiving page to donate www.justgiving.com/the-bba – the office can be contacted on 020 7242 4761 or 4764.