Law for Life is recruiting a new trustee

Do you feel passionately about access to justice?

Could you shape future strategy for public legal education and help us to achieve our mission?

Public legal education enables the public to understand the law. Increasingly, it is being recognised as an important element of access to justice. It helps people to understand that the problems they encounter in their daily lives may be legal issues, rather than just bad luck, and may have a legal solution. It gives the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to resolve problems and secure access to justice. PLE is a particularly important tool for reaching people in disadvantaged communities.

Law for Life was formed as a charity to lead public legal education in the UK. It runs the award winning Advicenow website which has a range of resources for individuals and for trusted intermediaries, including welfare rights advisors, lawyers and students at pro bono clinics. Law for Life also provides education and training for community groups, advice workers and lawyers to help them understand the principles and application of public legal education. We are a partner in the national Litigant in Person Support Strategy, we conduct research with academic institutions into the theory and practice of public legal education and we have a growing international reputation.

As a member of the board you will ultimately be responsible for the overall direction, vision and strategy of Law for Life. We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed Trustee to work alongside the Chair, Board and CEO to ensure sound growth, strategic development and the ability to manage scale.

You will have the ability to innovate, to think strategically, while demonstrating sound judgement. You will share our commitment to practical social justice. You will help us to move on to the next stage of important work as a partner in the Litigant in Person Strategy and more broadly in developing and delivering public legal education, both at home and internationally.

We are looking to appoint individuals who share our values and would like to become involved. In particular we would also like to hear from:

  • People with legal, business, and funding experience/skills
  • People with experience of managing and delivering education and information services
  • People with experience of income generation and business development
  • People with knowledge and understanding of disadvantaged communities

This role is voluntary and unpaid but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. Trustees will be expected to attend about 6 meetings and one away day each year and the overall time commitment is around one day a month.

If you are interested in this role please download our application from one of the options below and return it to us at: by 12 March 2017 midnight.

Application form .pdf

Application form .doc

We are hoping to fill one vacancy by the end of March 2017 and we are aiming to schedule the interviews week commencing 20 March. So please get in touch as soon as possible.

If you would like any further information please email or telephone 0207 336 9423.


Published: 6 February 2017

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