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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

We rely on the generosity of solicitors, law firms and local law societies to be able to continue our work. By supporting SBA, you can help fellow professionals in their time of need. Who knows? One day, the person who needs help might be you.

Make a donation

There are many ways to help SBA support solicitors and their families in need. You can make a single donation or set up a regular payment. You don’t need to donate or pay any subscription to SBA in order to apply for help.

Give online
The simplest way to help, either with a one-off gift or regular donation, is to give online. Visit our secure page on JustGiving, enter the amount you want to give and follow the instructions.

Donate by post
You are welcome to send us a cheque, made payable to SBA The Solicitors’ Charity. Please make sure you complete a donations form and send this with your cheque to SBA The Solicitors’ Charity, 1 Jaggard Way, London SW12 8SG.

Set up a Standing Order
If you would like to donate on a regular basis by setting up a standing order, complete the standing order form and send it to your bank.

Gift Aid
If you are a UK taxpayer, make sure you tick the Gift Aid box – SBA can receive an extra 25% from HMRC on top of your donation.

 

Support from Law Firms
We are fortunate to have the support of hundreds of law firms across England & Wales. Some firms make a gift of £60 per annum for each partner, associate and consultant. Others keep their gift flexible enough to reflect the size of their business; in these cases, donations are made to represent each equity member or partner. Whatever the size of your firm, your support is vital to help ensure that no solicitor is unsupported in times of need or crisis.

Payroll Giving
If your employer participates in the Give As You Earn scheme, you can donate from your monthly salary. Ask your employer for details.

Leave a Gift in your Will
A gift in your Will can help us transform the future for many solicitors and their families. We understand that loved ones come first but a gift in your Will means you leave a lasting legacy of support for those who have led their lives in the law. Any amount you leave to SBA The Solicitors’ Charity will help us to make a vital difference for people in need.

To find out more, contact us today

 

 

 

 

 

Transfer an unclaimed balance

Law firms need to have complete confidence that the sums they pass on to charities can always be refunded, as and when they are reclaimed.

This is why SBA The Solicitors’ Charity has sufficient safeguards in place to ensure that we can always re-pay your old client balances.

Moreover, we offer an indemnity in every case, irrespective of amount. Our undertaking to re-pay is not time limited and is intended to indemnify your business partner(s), your practice and its successors in title.

Your client money is safe with SBA, the only charity run by solicitors, for solicitors and their families.

Download our Residual Client Balance leaflet

How can I help?

Spread the word

SBA The Solicitors’ Charity has been working for over 150 years to ensure that no solicitor is unsupported in times of need or crisis. Many lawyers have known about us since the day they were admitted. For others, news that the profession has its own benevolent fund is a complete surprise.

We want to reach more people in need. General awareness – especially amongst younger solicitors and HR professionals working in legal services – is still too low. We need colleagues in all regions of England and Wales to help spread the word.

Please share links on who and how we can help through your own networks. And if you know someone who is finding it hard to cope, make sure they know about SBA. If we can help, we will.

 

“Solicitors spend their working lives helping other people with their problems. But who is there for the young solicitor who suddenly discovers she has cancer? Or the elderly solicitor and his family when he has a stroke? The pressure of a solicitor’s life can result in real hardship when health, business or family problems get in the way.”

– Will Cowell, Senior Partner at Miller Sands & SBA Area Representative for Cambridgeshire

Volunteer for us

SBA has a 90-strong team of Area Representative volunteers who provide a critical link between the SBA casework team and individuals and families in need.

Each Area Representative has their own reasons for volunteering but, whatever their motivation, they have two things in common. They all understand the pressures of life in the law and they want to make a difference by helping those who turn to SBA in times of need.

Our volunteers play an important role in ensuring that any solicitor, former solicitor or their dependants know that SBA is there to help.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us for details.

Fundraising events

If you are thinking of organising a fundraising event for SBA, we would love to hear from you. Recent years have seen solicitors paddling from London to Birmingham by canoe, jumping out of planes with parachutes or abseiling from the UK’s tallest structure.

(Image right: Will Cowell abseiling from the 300-foot Arcelor-Mittal sculpture in London’s Olympic Park)

 

Thank you for your support