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  • “The SBA confirms my professional standing as a lawyer

  • “No one should feel their life is in such a state that they can’t ask for help”

  • “You know that there are people there to support you and that you are not alone”

  • “I was not yet suicidal but I was close to breaking point

SBA The Solicitors’ Charity appoints new Chair of Trustees

Matthew Robbins

SBA is delighted to announce that Matthew Robbins has been appointed as its new Chair of Trustees. He takes over the reins from outgoing chair, Christl Hughes, with immediate effect.

Articled in a small Southampton firm, Matthew first became involved with SBA over 20 years ago, when he began volunteering for the charity as a local Area Representative.  In the Hampshire area, Matthew has served as the President of Hampshire Incorporated Law Society (HILS), Organising Secretary of Lawline Southampton and also launched the Southampton Community Legal Services Partnership with John Denham MP.  Matthew currently works as a solicitor in private practice, mainly in commercial property, at Jasper Vincent Solicitors, where he is also Senior Partner.

Earlier days of Matthew’s involvement with SBA were characterised by some notable fundraising challenges, including paddling 140 miles of canal from London to arrive at the Solicitors Annual Conference in Birmingham by canoe.  He was elected to the SBA Board of Trustees in 2010, having been proposed by his mentor, the late John Griffin.

Matthew commented:

“It is an honour to be elected Chair of SBA The Solicitors’ Charity, an organisation dedicated to helping colleagues and their families in times of need or crisis.  I very much look forward to developing ways for SBA to extend its reach into local legal communities, encouraging firms of all shapes and sizes to support the profession’s own charity and help spread awareness as well as raising funds.”

Christl Hughes, SBA’s outgoing Chair, remains on the SBA Board of Trustees.  She said,

“It has been a source of great satisfaction over the last few years to see the number of SBA beneficiaries steadily increasing.  Thank you to everyone who continues to contribute to this ongoing endeavour.”

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