Therium Access commits £100,000 to support social welfare law advice agencies during the coronavirus pandemic with the launch of the Community Justice Fund alongside law firms and five grant giving organisations
Therium Access’ Grant Programme Director, Jeunesse Mensier, is part of the Project Management Group and on the Fund’s Grant Assessment Panel
The aim of the Community Justice Fund is to support social justice during the COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal of the advice sector
First awards from the Community Justice Fund have been made in the sum of £600,000 to 10 charities
Fund total is £7million so far and includes support from The Legal Education Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, AB Charitable Trust and Indigo Trust, plus contributions from the Ministry of Justice, Law Society, Linklaters, Allen and Overy and London Legal Support Trust
Jersey, Channel Islands, 2nd June 2020: Therium Access, the not-for-profit arm of global litigation funder Therium, has committed £100,000 and provided its own resources to help launch and deliver the Community Justice Fund alongside grant giving organisations focused on the provision of access to justice.
Therium Access provided match-funding to the Access to Justice Foundation and London Legal Support Trust Emergency Advice Appeal which raised funds to establish the Community Justice Fund. Other funders include The Legal Education Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, AB Charitable Trust and Indigo Trust, plus contributions from the Ministry of Justice, Law Society, Linklaters, Allen and Overy and London Legal Support Trust. The total funding pot is currently £7million.
Jeunesse Mensier, Grant Programme Director at Therium Access sits on the Project Management Group and Grants Assessment Panel at the Community Justice Fund. As part of the Project Management Group, Mensier was deeply involved in the development and delivery of the Fund including the formation of the eligibility criteria, application process, principles and fundraising. On the Grants Assessment Panel, Mensier is part of a team who considers all applications received.
Hosted by the Access to Justice Foundation, the Fund will provide financial and other support to specialist social welfare law advice agencies who have been impacted by COVID-19. Grants from £25,000 to £100,000 are distributed quickly to meet the urgent need faced by law advice services across the UK. To date, grants in the amount of £600,000 have been made to 10 organisations with further applications being received daily.
The legal advice sector has been under significant pressure in recent times. The COVID-19 outbreak threatens to destroy an already fragile sector. Many specialist advice agencies will close over the next 2 – 12 months unless the wider legal community steps in to help now! The Community Justice Fund needs the support of the legal community so that it can make an impact on the ability of people to access justice in these difficult times.
Jeunesse Mensier, Grant Programme Director at Therium Access said: “We are thrilled to have been part of launching the Community Justice Fund and I am honored to be part of the Fund’s team. This is an incredibly difficult time for all those that provide free specialist legal advice, and I am proud of Therium Access’ role in supporting those during this crisis. I look forward to working with our partners to create better access to justice for all.”
Greg Hodder from ATJF said: “The financial and operational support from Therium Access to launch the Community Justice Fund has led the way, inspiring hundreds of people across the legal community to give to those that are in desperate need of legal advice in this difficult time.”
John Byrne from Therium Access said: “The advice sector is the front line of our justice system and a large number of organisations have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Partnering with the Access to Justice foundation and other grant giving organisations to launch the Community Justice Fund will further our commitment to supporting the vital work carried out by the advice sector at this unprecedented time. It’s a drop in the ocean but the more of us across the legal industry who provide financial support, the greater the impact we can have on facilitating access to justice across the UK at this precarious time.”
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 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 equality of rights and diversity;
- The protection of children, the elderly, the disabled, minorities, asylum seekers and other vulnerable or disadvantaged groups;
- The advancement of environmental protection or improvement;
- The promotion of legal education that furthers the causes listed above; and
- Any other case 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 funding and specialty legal finance. 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.