Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd joins the Advisory Committee of Therium Access, which is chaired by Lord Falconer
Jeunesse Mensier is appointed Grant Programme Director
Jersey, Channel Islands, 28 October 2019. Therium Access, the not-for-profit arm of leading global litigation finance provider Therium, today announced that Lord John Thomas of Cwmgiedd is joining its Advisory Committee. Jeunesse Mensier has also been named Grant Programme Director.
Lord Thomas was Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales – the most senior judge in the UK – between 2013 and 2017, and is a life peer. He was born in Wales and read law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge before being called to the Bar in 1969. Lord Thomas commenced practice in commercial law at what is now Essex Court Chambers in 1972 and became Queen’s Counsel in 1984. In 1992, he was appointed by the Department of Trade to inquire into the affairs of the Mirror Group Newspapers when owned by Mr Robert Maxwell. He became a High Court Judge in 1996, became a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2003 and was Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales from 2003 to 2006. In 2008, he was appointed Vice-President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Deputy Head of Criminal Justice. He succeeded Sir Anthony May as President of the Queen’s Bench Division in 2011 before becoming Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales two years later. More recently, Lord Thomas has been the Chair of the Commission on Justice in Wales tasked with reviewing the Welsh justice system. The Report will be released later this month.
Jeunesse Mensier was previously an Investment Officer at Therium, and the change in her role further demonstrates Therium’s commitment to this ground-breaking initiative in the litigation funding industry. Throughout her career, Jeunesse has been committed to access to justice and she will lead the direction of the grant programme as it continues to expand.
Therium Access, launched in March this year, awards grants for cases with strategic importance which tackle important or systemic issues, as well as to organisations that seek to improve access to justice. The Advisory Committee is chaired by former Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Lord Falconer. The inaugural recipients of Therium Access grants included The Personal Support Unit, LawWorks, Crosslight Advice and the Suffolk Law Centre.
Jeunesse Mensier, Grant Programme Director of Therium Access, said: “To add someone of the calibre and experience of Lord Thomas to our esteemed Advisory Committee is a real privilege. We are currently reviewing over 50 applications received as part of our second grant round, and the next grant recipients will be announced on the 4th of November. We look forward to Lord Thomas’s support and invaluable insights in helping to ensure that Therium Access fulfils its purpose.”
Lord Thomas said: “I am delighted to join the Advisory Committee of Therium Access, an important initiative in restoring the right to legal support. The pressure of austerity and legal aid cuts have resulted in a justice system that is unable to protect the rights and serve the interests of its most vulnerable citizens. Access to the courts and the ability to rely on the rule of law form the bedrock of a civilised society.”
John Byrne, Co-Founder and CEO of Therium Capital Management Limited, said: “Therium Access is extremely fortunate to have the commitment and enthusiasm of Jeunesse Mensier and a distinguished Advisory Committee, chaired by Lord Falconer, which assesses grant applications from those shut out of the justice system. Adding Lord Thomas to the committee makes an even more formidable team.”
About Therium Access
Therium Access is the primary expression of Therium’s corporate and social responsibility programme. Therium Access dispenses with the criteria of funding for profit and has the sole purpose of facilitating access to justice. Therium Access is a mark of Therium’s wider commitment to the pursuit of justice and the rule of law.
Therium Access accepts applications from charities and other entities whose services and projects facilitate access to justice or from those seeking assistance to obtain legal representation on cases (including defence) which have a strategic importance. The applicant’s need and the impact of the grant will be important factors in our review process. The deadline for the submission of the next round of grant applications is 30 April 2020. In addition, urgent applications may be considered on an ad hoc basis. Applications need to be made by legal representatives or the entity seeking a grant. The board of Therium Access is assisted by an Advisory Committee which is chaired by Lord Falconer, former Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Secretary of State for Justice.
Therium Access aims to support access to justice in the broadest terms and considers applications that further the following causes (in no particular order):
- The right to legal representation or due process;
- The proper and efficient administration of justice;
- The advancement of human rights;
- The promotion of equalityof rights and diversity;
- The protection of children, the elderly, the disabled, minorities, asylum seekers and other vulnerable or disadvantagedgroups;
- The advancement of environmental protection or improvement;
- The promotion of legal educationthat furthers the causes listed above; and
- Any othercase or project in which a person, group, or entity will not have access to justice without financial assistance.
Therium Access is intended to be a global initiative. Its initial focus is on the UK and it will be rolled out in other jurisdictions in a number of planned phases.
Therium is a leading global provider of litigation and arbitration and specialty legal finance, active in England and Wales since 2009. Over that period, Therium has funded claims with a total value exceeding £34 billion, including many of the largest and most high profile funded cases in the UK. With investment teams in the UK, USA, Australia, Spain and Norway, Therium has established a track record of success in litigation finance in all forms, including single case litigation and arbitration funding, funding law firms and portfolios of litigation and arbitration claims. Therium is also a founding member of the Association of Litigation Funders of England and Wales.
Therium Access and its not-for-profit funding is the latest innovation from Therium which has consistently been at the forefront of innovation in litigation finance, pioneering the combined use of insurance tools alongside funding vehicles, and introducing portfolio funding products into the UK. Therium’s ability to develop innovative funding arrangements and bespoke financial solutions for litigants and law firms complements its unmatched experience and rigorous approach to funding a wide range of commercial disputes throughout the world.
Chambers and Partners have ranked Therium as a Tier 1 litigation funder and Neil Purslow, the firm’s Chief Investment Officer, as a leading individual in the litigation funding industry, for the last two years.
In February this year, Therium Capital Management was top ranked as one of the two “Leading” litigation and arbitration funding firms in the UK by legal and business directory Leaders League, in their 2019 ranking of litigation funding. Therium was also ranked as “Excellent” in the 2019 US ranking.
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