Answers to our most commonly
asked questions


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.

What type of people can you help?

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

What reasons for help do you cover?

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

How can we discuss my individual situation?

You can phone or email us on 020 7242 4761 or 020 7242 4764, and

What is the process for applying for support?

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

Can you help children?

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


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.