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COVID-19 Support: Personal Hardship Fund

The Solicitors’ Charity has developed a unique COVID-19 Personal Hardship Fund focused on helping those solicitors most in need of support.  If you are struggling financially as a result of the outbreak, we may be able to help.


Please read the below information carefully, if you have any queries regarding the COVID-19 Personal Hardship Fund, please email sbahardshipfund@sba.org.uk.
Who can apply?

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 where:



In all these cases you are potentially eligible for help for up to three months if your accessible household savings are below £2,500.

Alternatively, if:

You are potentially eligible for a one-off payment to help tide you over until Government help kicks in.


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.


How to apply

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:

and either:



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.


Please note