Trustee

Deadline: 8 Mar 2024
At location

Organisation Overview

We are a charity that matches people who need free legal help with barristers who are willing to donate their time and expertise for those who cannot obtain legal aid and cannot afford to pay.

We are the only pro bono charity to provide access to legal assistance in all areas of law, in all courts and tribunals across England and Wales.

We have been facilitating free legal help since 1996 and have grown into a thriving organisation working with almost 4,500 volunteer barristers. Our team comprises 23 dedicated casework, communications and administrative staff, as well as a committed team of student casework volunteers who work with us daily. We have 13 trustees on our Board which is chaired by Sharif A Shivji KC.

Role Details:

Time commitment: Trustees are expected to attend 6x1.5hr Board meetings annually as well as completing additional work in between meetings.

Attendance: One Board meeting per year is held in person in London with the others taking place remotely over Zoom. Trustees are also expected to attend some in-person events across the year.

Role Description: 

About the role

We are looking for three candidates with a commitment to access to justice and the work of Advocate. We are looking for people with experience in:

  1. Marketing and communications: We need help to support us in strengthening our communications with a view to better engaging the Bar, raising the profile of pro bono and raising the issue of access to justice with the public.
  2. Advice sector: There is a pressing need for us to have a trustee who works within the legal advice sector (preferably for a frontline agency) and who understands the society we serve.
  3. Clerking and business management: We are interested in recruiting a Senior Clerk or Chambers Director with strong connections and influence across the Bar to support our engagement work chambers nationwide.

We are looking to increase diversity in our governance roles within Advocate. We therefore welcome applications from communities across the UK and particularly encourage applications from ethnic minority backgrounds or other underrepresented backgrounds or with experience and understanding of either.

Time commitment and requirements of the role

  • Trustees attend board meetings every eight weeks which generally last no more than two hours. We anticipate that the majority of board meetings will be held remotely, with one each year held in person in London. We work as a team and look for people willing to take part in discussions.

  • A willingness to commit the necessary time and effort and to apply your experience and expertise to support the Chief Executive and the staff team, engaging in conversations to help improve our work. This includes assisting in events and other associated activities as requested.

  • A commitment to our vision of access to justice for all and an understanding of the responsibilities of being a trustee.

Remuneration

The roles are unpaid positions, however reasonable out of pocket expenses may be reimbursed, particularly to assist with travel costs.

To apply for or express an interest in this position, please email bicenquiries@weareadvocate.org.uk 

Causes: Social Welfare, Legal Advice and Justice
Roles: Trusteeships and Governance
Advocate
National charity based in London WC1V 7JH
London

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