Awards, Memberships & Quality Marks

We are delighted to have received the following in recognition of our work:

Awards and accolades

2021: – Signed up to Good Business Charter

2015: – Awarded “Top-Ranked” Organisation by Global Giving
            – Re-awarded Specialist Quality Mark by Legal Aid Agency

2014: – Awarded Centre of Excellence status by the London Legal Support Trust.
            – Shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights “Close to Home” Award.

2013: – Nominated for the Una Padel Awards, run by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

2012: – The Longford Prize, awarded by the Longford Trust. They said: “This courageous, persistent and independent organisation is an unsung national treasure, and plays a role that, we judges believe, is ever more vital at a time when legal aid is being cut.”

2011: – The Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award, awarded by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group: “PAS combines the highest technical legal skills with outreach work, and has been at the heart of developing prisoners’ rights in this country.”

Membership of professional bodies:

  • Association of Prison Lawyers (APL)
  • Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA)
  • The Detention Forum
  • Discrimination Law Association
  • The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
  • The Parole Board Users Group
  • Public Lawyers in Non-Governmental Organisations (PLINGO)
  • The Small Charities Coalition

Regulatory Oversight

  • Our Treasurer is a qualified Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA).
  • Our Solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and undertake Continuing Professional Development.
  • Our Fundraising & Communications Director has Individual Membership of the Institute of Fundraising.