Fife Law Centre, (Est. 2009), is a registered charity, constituted as a company limited by guarantee. It is the product of the vision of local agencies and providers who saw a need for accessible and specialist legal services for clients served by the Third Sector in Fife. These founding agencies are now our partners as we seek to provide for those with unmet legal need(s).
Fife Law Centre operates as a Board which sustains and supports a private legal firm, Fife Community Law Ltd, which itself is regulated by the Law Society of Scotland.
The purpose of the Board is to set the strategic direction of, and secure the resources for, Fife Law Centre, and to work with the Principal Solicitor to support the delivery of services. Our principal funders are Fife Council and the Scottish Legal Aid Board, under the Making Justice Work Project. We have also recently been successful in being awarded grants from the Volant Trust, the Robertson Trust and the National Lottery Improving Lives Fund.
We are currently seeking to recruit Board members with various skills, including financial management, Third Sector organisations and their purposes in Fife, and statutory bodies e.g. local government and health.
The current focus of legal work is on cases of homelessness, welfare law and supporting victims of domestic violence. The firm now also accepts employment related cases. Matters in other fields are dealt with at the discretion of the Principal Solicitor.
The Board meets 5/6 times a year in a formal setting, with Board members taking a lead in different topics, occasionally in work groups. The pandemic has required the firm and the Board to work differently, and new trustees will join a Board reflecting on the demands which may face Fife Law Centre in the future, how they might be met, and how proper governance should be discharged.