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Support for Criminal Barristers Experiencing Financial Hardship

Dear Colleague,

We understand that you may be concerned, for yourself or for a member of your chambers, about unexpected financial hardship caused by loss of work due to the ongoing action.

We are pleased to confirm that the Barristers Benevolent Association (‘BBA’) will accept applications for financial assistance from those members of the Criminal Bar who are suffering financial hardship as a result of their participation in the action. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and assessed on merit.


If you would like to donate money to support criminal practitioners who are suffering hardship, we strongly encourage you to donate to the BBA here.

You could be helping a colleague, friend or their dependants receive the financial and emotional support they need.

For members on the Midland and Northern Circuits there are also dedicated hardship fund available. Please contact your Circuit for further details.

We would invite you not to put this message onto social media, or into the press, and to be faithful to the wording of this message in any communications about the financial support available to you.

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