About us

In 2017 Advicenow won both the Access to Justice through IT Award at Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, and a Plain English Campaign award.

Who we are

Law for Life: the Foundation for Public Legal Education is an education and information charity that aims to increase access to justice by providing everyone with an awareness of their legal rights together with the confidence and skills to assert them.

We believe that everyone should understand their legal rights and obligations, and know how to gain redress through the legal system. Yet most people  struggle to cope with legal issues, and often don’t know where to go for help.

Being able to cope with family and housing issues, sorting out employment and benefit matters or difficulties with goods and services is crucial. These issues are the cornerstones of everyday life that can become drivers of poverty and inequality if left unresolved.

We have the expertise, the practical experience, and the tools to work with any organisation that wants to support the legal needs of their service users.

What we do

We provide multimedia information and education that explains how to manage legal situations in a straight-forward way. We run the award-winning Advicenow website providing a hand-picked and checked information service that draws together the best up-to-date information about the law and rights available on the internet.

“At the risk of making a huge generalisation, information about the law and legal rights is notoriously inaccessible. The language of lawyers and the law is all too often opaque. It shouldn’t be that way. Advicenow plays a vital role in cutting through the nonsense and telling you what you need to know. All power to them.” – Jon Robins, The Guardian

We create effective  materials that provide practical help on how to manage and resolve life’s legal problems.

“I have used your guide to find out if I should appeal (I appreciated your very frank advice). I’ve now used it to ask for an appeal. It was really helpful and I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t found it.” – Advicenow site user

We deliver community based education and training projects that help people to understand how the law works and build their skills and confidence. We develop innovative and interactive community-based education around housing, welfare, consumer, and employment issues with an emphasis on skills.

“ I learnt a lot including; the difference between criminal and civil cases, consumer law, consumer rights, housing law and housing rights. The training was excellent and gave me the exact information and materials to help me – Community Links participant

We support other organisations around the world to help their users make sense of the law through our research, consultancy and training. We support an international network of practitioners and researchers so that we can share knowledge about how and why legal education and information for a wider public is an important part of access to justice.

A great big thank you for your dedicated work! We are grateful for all the PLE tools and material you have generously put at our free disposal…. We truly appreciate your unique approach of addressing the needs of those who wish to convey PLE and equipping them with the necessary knowledge to be able to act more efficiently.”  – AVIJED, Association Pour la Vulgarisation de l’Information Juridique et l’Education au Droit

Our services

  • community based education and training on a range of legal issues.
  • bespoke education courses and sessions tailored to particular community needs.
  • public legal education training for organisations’ staff and others.
  • materials that help users deal effectively with a particular issue, including in-depth resources for Self Represented Litigants.
  • resources and training for staff and others who produce legal information.
  • resources and training for those who are supporting people to find, assess and use online sources of legal information
  • strategic development and capacity building in PLE delivery
  • research and evaluation expertise in PLE and legal information theory and practice
  • Consultancy services

Our Funders and Partners

We are very grateful for the support from our investors, partners and clients.

TDS Charitable Foundation
Erasmus Plus
Bar Standards Board
The Legal Education Foundation
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Baring Foundation
Ministry of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice CAB
Trust for London
Personal Support Unit
Family Justice Council
Access to Justice Foundation
Big Lottery
Hibiscus Initiatives
Matrix Causes Fund
Tudor Trust
John Ellerman Foundation
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Central England Law Centre

Law for Life are a registered  charity – Charity no. 1143589. We are also a company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales no. 07695486. Our registered office is Law for Life, China Works, Unit 404, Black Prince Road, London, SE1 7SJ.

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Published: 12 February 2019

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