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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 welcomes Zoe Holland as new Trustee

Leading profit improvement lawyer and due diligence expert, Zoe Holland, Managing Director of ZebraLC has been appointed a Trustee to the SBA The Solicitors’ Charity.

Zoe underwent a vigorous selection process to become a trustee of this venerable professional association. The SBA’s objective is to alleviate personal financial hardship among enrolled solicitors and their dependants.

“I am absolutely delighted to become a trustee of the SBA,” said Zoe. “Given the tsunami of changes affecting the legal sector, there is a growing need to support solicitors in crisis who may find themselves in financial hardship. In my role at ZebraLC, I get to see first hand how the issues within the sector are having a dramatic impact on solicitors’ mental health as well as financial troubles. I feel very passionate about the aims of the SBA.”

The Solicitors’ Benevolent Association was originally instituted in 1858 and in that time its purpose has remained the same: to alleviate personal financial hardship among enrolled solicitors and their dependants. Financial assistance takes the form of either an outright grant or an interest-free secured loan.

“Given the tsunami of changes affecting the legal sector, there is a growing need to support solicitors in crisis who may find themselves in financial hardship.”

Chief Executive, Tim Martin OBE, said: “Zoe’s unusually wide and informed view of what’s going on in the profession is going to be a real asset to us.  Few people have that kind of reach”.

The Trustees of the SBA bear overall legal responsibility for the proper administration of the charity which in 2016 made hundreds of loans and grants to beneficiaries totalling more than £1.1 M.   The charity is supported by individual solicitors who contribute personally but also by firms that pay an annual subscription on behalf of their partners and employed solicitors.

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