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  • “The SBA confirms my professional standing as a lawyer

  • “No one should feel their life is in such a state that they can’t ask for help”

  • “You know that there are people there to support you and that you are not alone”

SBA can help transform lives. Browse some of our stories from the beneficiaries who have benefited from SBA support.

Jenny

Jenny* first approached the charity for help at the beginning of 2018. She had experienced a series of life-changing events in preceding months when, aged 33, she had suddenly had to flee an abusive relationship, leaving behind all her possessions apart from a small bag of clothes. She was three months pregnant at the time. Jenny had already been signed off work from her consultancy role with depression. She found herself sleeping on a sofa in the two-bedroom home of a family member, with a weekly income of just £73.10 and, because of her early pregnancy, Jenny was not able to take anti-depressant medication.

We immediately signposted Jenny to local refuge services, then provided funds to help cover day-to-day needs. Soon afterwards, we covered the up-front costs of a new tenancy – deposit, first month’s rent – as well as basic fittings and furniture for the new home and new baby. The Solicitors’ Charity stayed alongside Jenny for the next few years, seeing her though some tough times after her child was born, including a one-off award for trauma counselling, when she continued to experience poor mental health and was not able to access prompt treatment via the NHS.

Since then, we have supported Jenny by ring-fencing possible career transition support, as and when she felt well enough to think about a return to work. Jenny has recently started back at work and, to allow her to feel her best in the new job, the Solicitors’ Charity was able to help out with some new work clothes.

She says, “Our life is unrecognisable from what it was two years ago. We have a home and a shot at the future because of SBA The Solicitors’ Charity. You were there when I couldn’t see a way forward and I will be forever grateful.”

*Not her real name

Other stories

Jenny

Jenny* first approached the charity for help at the beginning of 2018. She had experienced a series of life-changing events in preceding months when, aged 33, she had suddenly had to flee an abusive relationship, leaving behind all her possessions apart from a small bag of clothes. She […]

Justine

Renovo Case Study Justine qualified in 1990 and worked as a family practitioner in private practice. In 2015, she was unexpectedly diagnosed with a long-term neurological disorder. The next 18 months saw Justine begin to struggle with contentious work and she progressively lost confidence in her own skills, […]

Vanessa

When Vanessa completed her law degree in 1994, the plan was to become a criminal lawyer.  After a year working as an outdoor clerk, she realised that she could not manage on an income of £7,000pa, couldn’t afford the LPC and had little prospect of a training contract.   […]

Linda

Linda approached us for help in 2013, after a colleague pointed out the SBA’s ad in the Gazette. “I wasn’t keen,” she recalls, “I didn’t think it was for people like me.” “If it wasn’t for the SBA, I would have lost my home” Linda had always wanted […]

John

John is 49. He spent more than 10 years working as a senior prosecutor with the CPS but last worked more than two years ago. The pressure of a heavy workload contributed to the breakdown of his relationship and to him losing his job. He now lives with […]

Clive

Clive was a late entrant, admitted in 1983 after working his way up from legal executive roles. He was in private practice before setting up a highly successful conveyancing partnership in Wiltshire. This was a spell when, as Clive recalls, everything had been magical. “Every exam I took, […]

Lorraine

Lorraine is 48. She has a daughter aged 17 whom she has brought up single-handedly. She has never had any financial support from her previous partner. Her daughter was her “inspiration” to study law and qualify as a solicitor. Although her early years were very successful and she […]