Entrepreneurs are now crowdfunding commercial litigation through charitable portals such as Crowdjustice and Invest4Justice. Crowdjustice is currently backing a criminal appeal and a planning dispute in Lancashire involving a landfill site.
An interesting concept, particularly when the crowd are funding public interest litigation but the donors have no financial interest in the outcome. Is it likely that donors simply want to fund human rights litigation out of the goodness of their hearts? Or is there enough interest in areas such as environmental and planning law for a precedent to be set that others can benefit from? Access to justice has now been given crowdfunding power and aims to make the law accessible to everyone.
But not all crowdfunding ventures seek to reward participants in the currency of cold financial return. Crowdjustice, Britain’s first legal crowdfunding website, seeks to scratch quite a different itch in the psyches of its participants. Among the causes it has taken up are a criminal appeal and a planning dispute in Lancashire involving a landfill site. The only real requirement for consideration is that the legal David confronting the corporate or governmental Goliath must have already engaged a lawyer to take on their case.