FAQ


Answers to our most commonly asked questions … and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you do not find an answer to your query below, please get in touch and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

The BBA gives assistance to past and present practising members of the Bar (including Judiciary) and their dependants.

Applicants must have had a paid brief. Help is not given to pupils or students.

Financial difficulties caused for a variety of reasons not of the applicants own making but due to circumstances beyond the individuals control. Each case has to be considered by the officers of the BBA committee and deemed needy and deserving.

You can phone or email the secretaries on 020 7242 4761 or 020 7242 4764, susan@the-bba.com and nicky@the-bba.com

An application form needs to be completed. This can be downloaded from the website or contact the office to have a copy emailed to you or a paper copy posted. A report is then prepared to be included on the agenda for the next BBA committee meeting to consider. You will be notified of the outcome and/or asked to answer questions raised by the committee.

Yes we will consider helping children of beneficiaries. Please note that we don’t contribute towards school fees.


Application Criteria

Applications are welcomed from past or present practising members of the Bar, or a dependant, (including Judiciary) in England or Wales with a deserving financial need.

Each case is considered individually and on its own merits; the range of assistance is limited only by the needs of our beneficiaries and our ability to pay.

If you are unfortunate enough to experience bad luck we will be here to help whether you have supported us or not.


PLEASE ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS SO THAT THE COMMITTEE MAY BE AS FULLY INFORMED AS POSSIBLE IF YOU ARE IN ANY DOUBT THE SECRETARIES WILL GLADLY HELP YOU

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QUALIFICATION

Are you a barrister who has practised in England and Wales?

Please give the following particulars about yourself or the barrister concerned:

Is the barrister is deceased?

Please give the names and addresses of two barristers or solicitors who can vouch that you (or the barrister concerned) practised in England or Wales:

Please give the names and addresses of two people who know you personally to whom the Committee may refer for information:

Has any application for assistance ever been made before to this Association by or on behalf of yourself or your family?

Has an approach been made, or will an approach be made, to any other Charity, Society or Institution in respect of this application?

FAMILY AND DEPENDANTS

Are you now or have you been married?

Please give the following particulars of your husband or wife (if now living) or your permanent partner (if now living), and of your children or any other dependants of yours now living, or if none, of your next-of-kin:


Dependant 1:


You are asked in the section marked "Assets" on page 5 below to identify assets belonging to you and your husband or wife or permanent partner. Please give details here of any other assets belonging to your children or other dependants or members of your household which can be made available to you or for your benefit:

ASSETS

Please state the value of all assets belonging to you and your husband or wife or permanent partner, other than household goods and personal clothing, giving the date of valuation where relevant.

INCOME

What income did you and your husband or wife or permanent partner receive during the last 12 months? Please show whether the figure given is per week, per month or per year, and whether it is gross (i.e. without deduction of income tax) or net, i.e. after tax was deducted, and verify from relevant documents (including DSS):

TYPE OF INCOME AMOUNT GROSS OR NET

Earnings of Applicant (less tax and National Insurance)

Allowance from partner/maintenance

Occupational Pension

Retirement Pension

Widow's Pension

Other pensions (please specify)

Income from house property

Income from sub-letting

Income from paying guests

Investment income from stocks and shares

Interest from Bank or Building society deposits

Income or interest from legacies or trust funds (please specify)

Gifts: from relatives

Grants: from this Association

Grants: from any other Charity, Society or Institution

Jobseeker’s Allowance

Incapacity Benefit

Severe Disablement Allowance

Maternity Allowance

Child Benefit

Attendance Allowance

Disability Living Allowance

The Disability Working Tax Credit

Working Tax Credit

Income Support Personal Allowance

Income Support Premium: Family

Income Support Premium: Disabled Child

Income Support Premium: Carer's

Income Support Premium: Disability

Income Support Premium: Severe Disability

Income Support Premium: Pensioner (60 - 74)

Income Support Premium: Enhanced Pensioner (75 - 79)

Income Support Premium: Higher Pensioner (80 +)

Housing Benefit

Government Heating Allowance

Pension Credit

Children’s Tax Credit

Any other sources of income (please specify)

LIABILITIES/EXPENSES

What have been your liabilities for outgoings and expenses during the last 12 months? Please show whether the figure given is per week, per month or per year.

LIABILITIES/EXPENSES OUTGOING ARREARS

Rent: (What you pay if you are in receipt of Housing Benefit)

Mortgage Payments

Council Tax

Water Rates

Repairs

Gas

Electricity

Other Fuels

Telephone

TV Licence

TV Hire

Hire Purchase payments

Food

Domestic Help

Other Household Expenses

Clothing (including cleaning and repairs)

Dependent relatives

School Fees

Household Insurance premiums

Accident/Health Insurance Premiums

Car Insurance Premiums

Car Tax/Road Fund Licence

Car Maintenance and M.O.T.

Petrol

Other Travel Expenses

Chambers Expenses (Rent, Clerks etc.)

National Insurance Contributions

HMRC re Income Tax

HMRC re VAT

Accountant’s Fees

Credit Card Monthly Payments (please specify cards held and numbers):

Health Expenses

Chemist

Holidays

Entertainments

Pension Fund payments: (please list)

Any other liabilities/expenses (please specify):

OTHER DEBTS AND LIABILITIES

SUPPORTING INFORMATION

1. Mortgage:
a. Do you have a mortgage?

b. If yes, please send a copy of your last mortgage statement to the address below.


2. Chambers expenses:


3. If you are a barrister remaining in practice at the Bar of England and Wales, please send a copy of the following to the address below:
a. Your Professional Accounts for the last 3 years.
b. A fees received summary for the last 12 months.
c. A current aged debt report from your Chambers.


4. Income tax - please send a copy of the following to the address below:
a. A copy of your last submitted income tax return form.
b. A copy of any HMRC demands for payment of income tax.


5. VAT – please send a copy of the following to the address below:
a. A copy of your last submitted VAT return.
b. A copy of any HMRC demands for payment of VAT.


6. Legal action: if you have received a statutory demand or bankruptcy please send a copy to the address below:


DECLARATION


Please send all documentation to:

The Secretary
BBA
14 Grays Inn Square
London
WC1R 5JP
020 7242 47 61