This event is now over and took place on Wed 28 Sep 2016



Event Summary

Judicial reviews and other public interest litigation can be powerful tools for changing and challenging the law, but funding often holds charities back. This free event will examine how crowdfunding is transforming access to justice. CrowdJustice, a new crowdfunding platform focused specifically on the legal space, will present on:

  • What is crowdfunding and how can crowdfunding for legal cases work? Regulatory, costs and GiftAid issues
  • The power of the story – how crowdfunding brings legal cases and issue-based campaigns to life
  • Crowdfunding as a digital tool for campaign strategies, member growth strategies and profile-building opportunities
  • Hear the experiences of a charity/NGO which has raised funds for a legal case or project

Charity and public law specialists from BWB will outline:

  • What third sector bodies need to think about when funding “campaigning” litigation
  • The realities of running a judicial review and how to spot a campaigning judicial review
  • Gift Aid rules and crowdfunding

About CrowdJustice

CrowdJustice enables important litigation to go ahead by mobilising grassroots networks and passion for change to raise funds.

Since launching just over a year ago it has helped claimants raise over £1M for legal cases, including important national challenges (junior doctors' challenge to the imposition of contracts; the Chilcot inquiry; the successful Supreme Court intervention on the doctrine of joint enterprise); and strategic litigation (AIRE Centre's challenge to Operation Nexus) and legal projects (ISCRE's legal work battling workplace discrimination) in the charity and NGO sector.

Agenda

4.30pm: Registration

5.00pm: Melanie Carter, partner, BWB

  • Charities and judicial reviews: breaking new ground
  • The constitutional significance of judicial reviews

5.05pm: Julia Salasky, founder, CrowdJustice

  • What is crowdfunding and how can crowdfunding for legal cases work? Regulatory, costs and GiftAid issues
  • The power of the story - how crowdfunding brings legal cases and issue-based campaigns to life
  • Crowdfunding as a digital tool for campaign strategies, member growth strategies and profile-building opportunities

5.25pm: CrowdJustice case studies

  • The AIRE Centre, a charity who challenged the government on Operation Nexus
  • Dr Fran Silman, one of the junior doctors who challenged the imposition of contracts by Jeremy Hunt

5.45pm: Melanie Carter - how to spot a judicial review

5.55pm: Rosamund McCarthy, partner, BWB - what third sector bodies need to think about when funding "campaigning" litigation

6.10pm: Oliver Hunt, solicitor, BWB - Gift Aid rules and crowdfunding

6.20pm: Q & A session

6.30pm: Networking and drinks 

Venue

BWB's new offices at 10 Queen Street Place, EC4R 1BE

Venue Information >