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. We have recently been successful in being awarded grants from the Volant Trust, the Robertson Trust and the National Lottery Improving Lives Fund. We are also currently funded by Fife Council, and by the Legal Aid Board in respect of the Making Justice Work Project.
The areas of interest which we are currently seeking to fulfil will bring an awareness of Third Sector organisations and their purposes in Fife, as well as statutory bodies e.g. local government and health. We would also welcome experience in legal practice.
Current objectives relate to cases of Homelessness, Welfare Law Changes, Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence. We are currently extending to cover unmet legal need in relation to employment law. Cases 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 (currently by video), 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.
Please get in touch for more information, and to request an application form.
Chair, Fife Law Centre
Fife Law Centre is a company limited by Guarantee and is registered in Scotland with Company No. SC344207. The Registered Office is Ore Valley Business Centre, 93 Main Street, Lochgelly, KY5 9AF. It is a Scottish Charity with Charity No. SC039780