We ask that you read the information below before applying.
To be able to make an application, you must be on or have been on, the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales. The Fund is for cases of personal hardship caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 in any of the following instances:
In all these cases you are potentially eligible for help for up to three months if your accessible household savings are below £2,500.
You are self-employed and eligible for Government help, but that help is delayed and you have exhausted your household’s accessible savings.
You are potentially eligible for a one-off payment to help tide you over until Government help kicks in.
You are self-employed and have received a Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) payment, but that payment is below a certain level.
You are potentially eligible for a ‘top-up’ payment from us to bring you in line with applicants who were not eligible for government support.
Typically, if your SEISS payment (plus any support you have already received from us under the Personal Hardship Fund) is below the following amounts, you may be eligible for a ‘top-up’:
It is our usual practice to ask all applicants to make use of statutory funds before accessing our charitable funds. Because of this, all applicants who have been made unemployed as a result of COVID-19 will be asked to confirm that they have begun the process of applying for welfare benefits. In addition, all applicants will be asked to confirm that they have taken advantage of available mortgage holidays and other similar assistance.
If you do not fit into any of the categories above you will not be eligible for our COVID-19 Personal Hardship Fund, however, you may wish to check our standard assistance to see if you are eligible here.
To apply, please complete our application form. You will need to have some information to hand to help you do this. To enable us to process your application and to reach a decision on an award, you will be asked to provide:
Documentation from your employer showing your move to SSP;
Documentation from current or former employer showing your change in employment status (including job loss) and a brief explanation of why you are ineligible for the Government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme;
Evidence of self-employment status, where available, (e.g accounts for 2019 or the latest year for which you have them, evidence of payments on account to HMRC) and/or a brief explanation of your ineligibility for Government help;
Where you have dependent children, we will ask you to provide a copy of the birth certificate or passport details page for each dependent child.