The Scottish Law Agents Society, working in partnership with the Law Society of Scotland, administers the Scottish Solicitors Benevolent Fund, or SSBF. The SSBF is an amalgamation, constituted in 1999, of charitable funds established separately by SLAS in 1935 and the Law Society in 1949. It exists to provide much needed assistance to solicitors and/or their families and dependants in straightened circumstances. Typical beneficiaries include solicitors unable to practise due to ill health, and the spouses and children of deceased solicitors who have been unable to make adequate provision for their families.
Applications are dealt with a minimum of formality, in the strictest confidence, and on their own merits. A standard award is £500 covering a period of six months. Such assistance is modest, but can provide a critically important “breathing space” that enables a practitioner to get back on their feet. This of course will have a wider significant impact if it enables a firm to continue to trade and employ staff.
To apply for assistance, simply complete the form below and return it by post to Secretary, Michael Sheridan, 166 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 2LW, or by fax on 0141 353 3819, or by email email@example.com. Solicitors are respectfully requested to advise the fund of any cases which may be appropriate for financial assistance. If you wish to make a donation to the fund, please contact the Scottish Law Agents Society on (0141) 332 3536, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.