FLAC Governance & Finances

FLAC is committed to the principles of transparency and accountability and works hard to ensure that all funding is put to the best possible and most efficient use in our efforts to maximise impact and promote equal access to justice.

Governance and Legal Structure

FLAC is governed by a National Council whose members have signed the Governance Code Principles Statement which confirms that FLAC complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland. 

FLAC has commenced the process of compliance with the Charities Regulator ‘Charities Governance Code’ and expects to be fully compliant with the Code in 2021.

Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) is a company limited by guarantee (Company Reg. no. 49413) and is recognised by the Revenue Commissioners for charitable purposes (CHY No. 6097).

FLAC is an independent law centre under the terms of the Solicitors Acts 1954-2002 (Independent Law Centres) Regulations 2006, SI 103/2006.

FLAC is fully registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority (Registered Charity Number 20010256).

FLAC is committed to adhering to the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public.

As a campaigning organisation, FLAC is registered as a Lobbyist in line with Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 and makes returns to the Lobbying Regulator every four months. You can read more on



FLAC is deeply grateful to all our funders and supporters who have shown their commitment to access to justice through donations and grants. This support enables FLAC to provide vital services and to campaign for better systems that enable people in Ireland to access the law and legal system, when they need to, to vindicate their rights.

In 2020, our funders were:

  • Citizens Information Board
  • The Community Foundation for Ireland
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
  • Individual donors
  • MABS
  • Members of the Bar Council of Ireland
  • Members of the Law Society of Ireland
  • Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) 2019 – 2022, from the Department of Rural and Community Development, administered through Pobal.

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In addition, PILA is supported by a number of Law Firms – read more about its Sustaining Partners.


Financial Reports

FLAC’s accounts are prepared in accordance with FRS102 and are audited by KPMG. FLAC is committed to good practice in its financial management and is committed to moving towards SORP. Below are FLAC’s audited accounts for the last five years. For more information, please contact Catherine Hickey at (01) 887 3600.