- Therium Access commits £399,000 in its most recent round of grant awards announced today estimated to benefit over 4,300 people
- Since launching last year, total commitments by Therium Access surpasses £1.4million benefitting tens of thousands of people across the UK
- Grants are supporting organisations that have faced significant funding cuts due to Covid-19 and need to cope with increased demand from those most vulnerable impacted by the crisis
- Deadline for the next round of applications, the Autumn 2020 round, is 15th August 2020
- Focus of Autumn 2020 grant awards will remain on supporting cases and organisations in housing, employment and education law, as well as other organisations impacted by Covid-19
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Jersey, 12th August 2020: Therium Access, the not-for-profit arm of global litigation funder Therium Group Holdings Limited, has announced the beneficiaries of its latest grant round as it continues to invest in access to justice. 24 organisations across the United Kingdom and Europe have now received grants since its inception, directly benefitting tens of thousands of people seeking legal advice and representation on a wide range of issues.
Launched in 2019, Therium Access is the first of its kind initiative in the litigation funding industry. Providing financial support on a not-for-profit basis to organisations, Therium Access helps to facilitate access to justice for individuals, groups or other entities.
The announcement follows the recent emergency commitment of £100,000 of seed funding and its own resources to launch and deliver the Community Justice Fund hosted by the Access To Justice Foundation to support law advice agencies that are struggling to cope with the increased demand for their services as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
John Byrne, Co-Founder and CEO of Therium Capital Management Limited, said: “We are living in unprecedented, and for many, extremely difficult times as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and as such, supporting access to justice has never been more imperative. We are proud to offer the necessary support to a variety of brilliant organisations that are seeking to provide justice to some of the most vulnerable in our society.”
Jeunesse Mensier, Grant Programme Director at Therium Access, said: “We have been astounded by the number of applications received from so many inspiring organisations who are doing so much to provide access to justice. It has been a real privilege to learn about these organisations and we are honoured to help support the amazing work they are doing in these extraordinary times of extreme crisis due to the global health pandemic and urgent action needed on climate change.”
The recipients of the Therium Access Summer 2020 grant round are:
- Access to Social Care: a grant to cover the salary of a part-time legal manager in the South West of England and Gloucestershire to provide access to justice for people with social care needs;
- ClientEarth: a grant towards their Environmental Democracy Team, whose work underpins the whole organisation’s aim of tackling environmental challenges through the power of the law;
- Crosslight Advice: a grant contributing towards the core costs of their work to ensure they can continue their debt advice service and expand their capacity to support a greater number of vulnerable and marginalised individuals and families;
- Hope for Justice: a grant for the salary of an Independent Modern Slavery Advocate to support the increasing number of victims of modern slavery to understand and access their legal rights and entitlements. This project will help victims to overcome multiple legal and social barriers.
- Legal Aid Practitioners Group: a grant to fund a ‘Head of Learning & Development’ role to expand their training offering to legal aid practitioners to ensure the continuation of training and development despite public funding cuts;
- Public Law Project: a core funding grant to support their work to provide public law remedies to those marginalised through poverty, discrimination or disadvantage to hold public authorities to account during the Covid-19 pandemic;
- RCJ Advice: a grant for a specialist bankruptcy and debt caseworker to provide a daily specialist bankruptcy and debt drop-in service at the Central London County Court which was at risk of closure following the unexpected withdrawal of funding; and
- Urgenda Foundation: a grant to support the work of the Dutch charity’s project, Climate Litigation Network, in its mission to support communities and individuals to hold their governments around the world accountable for inaction on climate change.
The large number of applications received by Therium Access for the Summer 2020 grant round highlights the huge funding gap experienced by organisations that exist to provide legal advice and support to the most vulnerable in society.
The grantees were chosen due to their important work in respect to the Covid-19 and climate change crises in providing access to justice to the most disadvantaged and marginalised in society, by promoting the proper administration of justice, the right to legal representation, greater accessibility to legal education and the advancement of environmental protection and improvement.
Invitation for applications for the Autumn 2020 grants: deadline 15 August 2020
The Autumn 2020 grant round will prioritise applications from those working in areas such as housing, and employment law, and education needs, as well as those who are helping people who are facing issues as a result of Covid-19. As usual, Therium Access commits to preserving legal specialisations (people and organisations) and supporting work which has an impact locally, nationally or internationally.
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 15 August 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 three 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 2020 ranking of litigation funding.
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