At Reprieve our motto is to hold every pound in trust for the prisoners we represent. Every member of staff believes in the importance of reserving as much of our funding as possible for the purposes of bringing freedom and due process to the people we assist. We never take payment from clients – indeed none of them could afford to pay for legal representation.
Our ethos at Reprieve is about fairness, justice and transparency. We have 4 pay grades at Reprieve. Our Executive Director Clare Algar took a 6 figure salary cut to come and lead our team – she is paid £44,700 per year. Team directors are paid £38,700, with their deputies on a bit less, and all other staff, including lawyers, are paid £33,700. This structure means no employee is making a huge amount more than any other (casework and office assistants on six-month contracts receive a stipend of £7,150). Every person working at Reprieve could earn more money elsewhere – staff work here because they believe in Reprieve’s work.
Sources of income 2012
Gifts in kind
We are extraordinarily lucky to receive a great deal of support from law firms.
• We having full use of Freshfields' reprographics and printing department. We estimate that this saves us £13,000 a year.
• We work with many other law firms and chambers in the UK, outsourcing pro bono legal research and investigation projects and thereby vastly amplifying our output.
• To date Reprieve has placed nearly 300 volunteers in 14 different offices across 7 US states. The total number of hours worked by volunteers equates to over 65 years of full-time work. We provide them with travel and food expenses, and in return receive a tremendous boost to our overall capacity and output.
• We usually have 15 - 20 volunteers in our office at any one time, more in the summer; with often more than 900 people on the list of those waiting for a placement.
We have a turnover of £2.3m per year and because we operate in the way we set out above, we are able to function at a very high level with that turnover – we believe that we give ‘very good bang per buck’! We have 34 staff and we travel all over the world.
Please do contact us if you would like any further information.