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Appeal for Funds

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Why does BAILII appeal for funds?

Thank you for considering making a donation to BAILII. All donated funds are used by BAILII to maintain and extend its free-to-access databases of legal information for the benefit of all users.

Donations enable BAILII to meet the costs of maintaining its website. These costs amount to approximately £220,000 per annum (excluding replacement of computer hardware and other items which are not incurred annually).

Contributions from those who support BAILII's aims and/or make regular use of BAILII’s website are welcomed and gratefully received.

While some organisations and individuals support BAILII on a regular basis, many donations made to BAILII are one-off contributions. BAILII's income on the basis of existing offers of donations is not sufficient to meet BAILII's annual expenditure or fund its ambitious development plans; BAILII therefore continues to need further support.

BAILII is hosted and supported by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a legal research institute which is part of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London.

You can donate to BAILII via BACS, online, or by cheque. Some of these routes incur fees; please see below for the various options, and to choose the method which is most appropriate for you.

Please follow this link for more detailed information regarding BAILII's donors. If you wish to discuss becoming a donor – particularly if you are interested in making a term commitment to BAILII (for example, over a 3-year period), or if you would like to donate £5,000 or more – please e-mail

Methods of donating

•    BACS

Donations may be made directly to BAILII’s bank account. If you would like to use this method, please e-mail to discuss your donation and request bank details. If you are a UK taxpayer and would like to enhance the value of your donation via Gift Aid, we will be pleased to send you the relevant form.

•    Online

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF): please click to visit BAILII’s page on CAF. Donations can be made from an existing CAF account, or via credit/debit card or PayPal.

•    Cheque

If you prefer to donate by cheque, please make it payable to ‘British and Irish Legal Information Institute’, and send it to:

Partnerships Manager
c/o Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Charles Clore House
17 Russell Square

(N.B. as the BAILII team is still largely home-based, please let us know if you are sending a cheque so that we can make arrangements to collect it.)

Corporate and direct individual donations may be recorded on BAILII’s donor page. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please e-mail

The Trustees of BAILII are very grateful for your support and encouragement of their commitment to providing free access to the law for all.

Guy Beringer KC (Hon)
Chair, BAILII Board of Trustees

British And Irish Legal Information Institute
Company No 4131252. Registered Office: 10 Queen Street Place, London EC4R 1BE. Registered Charity 1084803.

Executive Director: Dr Ann M. Hale

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