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The Access to Justice Foundation vacancy: Member of the Board of Trustees

Location: Hybrid (Board meetings are held in London with opportunities to attend remotely)

Time Commitment: Approximately 3-4 days per year, flexible hours with some scheduled meetings

1. About the Access to Justice Foundation

The Access to Justice Foundation is the UK’s only national charity solely focused on providing funding and support for access to legal advice and representation. We raise funds and distribute them strategically to organisations that provide free legal advice to the most vulnerable in society. We are led by the legal profession and work closely with other funders and the advice sector. We rely on the support of the legal community to help us raise funds and raise awareness of the work which we support.

Our vision is a society where everyone has access to justice. Our mission is to improve lives by increasing the availability of quality legal advice and support. Our objectives are:

  1. Increase available resources for the provision of free legal advice and support across the UK.
  2. Develop and implement grant making programmes which align with our values, improve reach, and maximise impact.
  3. Improve understanding and awareness of the role of the law as a tool for social justice.

2. Opportunity Description

2.1 Role Summary

This is a rare opportunity to join a forward-thinking organisation as a trustee. This role will have a substantial and meaningful impact on the Access to Justice Foundation – the new trustee will play an important role in the oversight and strategic development of the foundation during an exciting period of organisational growth and development.

As a trustee, you will ensure the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit and in compliance with its governing document and the law, contribute to the foundation’s strategic direction, and participate on one of the board’s three committees.

The Access to Justice Foundation and the Bar Council believe that diverse identities and experiences will strengthen the foundation’s Board of Trustees. We seek to run an inclusive recruitment process and strongly encourage candidates of all identities and experiences to apply.

2.2 Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Trustee Duties: Those who serve as trustees of the Access to Justice Foundation have duties, responsibilities, and liabilities both under Company Law as Directors and under Charity Law as Trustees. Provide oversight and contribute to the strategic direction of the foundation.
  • Board Meetings: Attend 6 board meetings (lasting approximately 2-hours) per year plus one full-day strategy meeting in the autumn. Review board papers and proposals sent in advance of those meetings.
  • Committee: Serve as a member of one of the Board of Trustees’ three committees – either Human Resources, Risk and Audit, or Grants. Review committee papers and proposals sent in advance of those meetings.
  • Other: Respond to occasional requests for board review and approval via email.

2.3 Person Specification

  • A commitment to the vision, mission, and objectives of the Access to Justice Foundation.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the obligations and responsibilities of a charity trustee and company director.
  • Independent judgment.
  • An ability to listen, communication and influence effectively.
  • An ability to assimilate complex information and participate fully in trustee deliberations, including offering contributions and challenges outside the area of your main expertise.
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the role.

How to apply

Applicants should send a copy of their CV accompanied by a short-written statement stating their suitability for the role, describing their skills and experience that are relevant to the criteria above, to:

Isi Onwukwe-Anyadike at [email protected]

The closing date for applications is Monday 10 June 2024, 16:00

Successful candidates will be notified as soon as possible.

 

List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates – Bar Council representative to sit as an independent member of the Regulatory List Appeals Panel (one position)

TERM: 1-year term (commencing late 2024)

The Bar Council is looking to nominate one Barrister to sit on the Regulatory List Appeals Panel.  The Panel will determine appeals against the Regulatory List Management Board’s refusal to appoint an advocate to the Regulatory List.  These are paper exercises (i.e., no interviews) that will entail considering the original application afresh and meeting with other Panel members (virtually).  Successful appeals will result in advocates’ appointment to the Regulatory List.

About the Selection Board Process

It is anticipated that one Panel will determine all appeals.  Panels will be held virtually via MS Teams.  The Panel is made up of the Chair (who will be a Senior Lawyer drawn from one of the participating Regulators), another Senior Government Lawyer and the Bar Council Representative.

About the role of the Bar Council Representative

The Bar Council Representative’s role is to actively participate in the decision making process and will require assessment and scoring of applications independently in advance of a meeting of the full Panel.

The aim will be for the Panel to determine all appeals in one day on a date to be confirmed.  However, dependent on the number of appeals received, a further date(s) may be necessary.  The Bar Council Representative will be required to attend virtually between 9am to 5pm, most likely in January 2025. The Bar Council Representative will also attend a pre-briefing meeting with the Chair and receive the application forms and associated documents prior to the Panel meeting.

Knowledge and experience

Applicants for the Bar Representative role should be King’s Counsel (the Regulatory List is restricted to junior Barristers).  We would particularly welcome applications from Barristers who have previously been members of the Regulatory List but have gone on to take silk.

Applications will be presented to the General Management Committee of the Bar Council who are responsible for selecting the successful candidate based on merit. The Bar Council is committed to ensuring fairness, transparency, and openness in its recruitment processes and promotes equality and diversity.

How to apply

Applicants should send a copy of their CV accompanied by a short-written statement stating their suitability for the role, describing their skills and experience that are relevant to the criteria above, to:

Isi Onwukwe-Anyadike at [email protected]

The closing date for applications is Monday 29 July 2024, 16:00

Successful candidates will be notified as soon as possible.