About us

We help past and present practising
members of the bar in England and Wales

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Who we are

The BBA exists to help past and present practising members of the bar in England and Wales, including the judiciary, and their families and dependants. The criteria are that the applicant is needy and deserving. The aim is, wherever possible, to overcome the problem and rebuild the applicant’s life and career.

There is a wide range of reasons for needing help, there can be serious long-term or terminal illness, shorter health scares or accidents affecting income for weeks or months, unexpected financial problems due to circumstances beyond the beneficiary’s control, problems of old age.

Although we cannot offer specific advice our staff can point people towards those who can, particularly in cases of financial need. They are also happy to be a contact on the phone, someone to call for a reassuring chat. In appropriate cases we are able to offer financial help, – as a grant or a secured or unsecured loan. If all else fails we can help with IVAs and bankruptcies.

Some beneficiaries receive regular “disregard” grants to top up their DWP benefits as well as other specific occasional help.

In exceptional circumstances help has been given to enable children to remain at their chosen school if they are at a vital stage of their education and single parents have been helped with school uniforms, a new pair of shoes or a birthday treat. Special help can be given with funding a much-needed holiday break, providing a computer, paying telephone bills, mending or replacing home equipment. Every case is unique and every application is considered on its own merits and circumstances.

Please read the 'Contact us' page to find out how to get in touch, or you can download an application form from the Download page.

Help us help people like you

Most of our clients, for obvious reasons, prefer to remain anonymous. That's why your donation is so important, you could be helping a colleague, friend or their dependants get the financial or emotional support they need and although hopefully you will never need us yourself, if the worst was to happen we will be there to help you and your family through any difficulties you may have.

We believe that almost every member of the practicing Bar can afford to donate at least a sum equivalent to one hour of their charging rate without feeling any real difference. If you agree please support us by clicking on the JustGiving button opposite or by contacting Nicky or Annette through the 'Contact us' page of our website.

Quick enquiry form

If you have any questions about The Barristers’ Benevolent Association or you'd like to make a commitment to helping Barristers in need of support, please fill out the 'Quick Enquiry Form'  by clicking on the button opposite or contact us using the details on the 'Contact us' section of our website.