Bates Wells thrilled to announce our 2018 winners of the Stephen Lloyd Awards

We are thrilled to announce our 2018 winners of the Stephen Lloyd Awards. They are:


Equal Access Loan – a first (and only) nationwide interest-free loan scheme for refugees, launched by RefuAid. The loan scheme provides support to those who have been granted refugee status and have full rights to remain and to work. They offer interest-free loans of up to £10,000, for internationally-trained refugees to pay for UK accreditation, requalification or training, enabling them to return to employment in their prior professional fields. They are currently working at a 100% repayment rate.

EcoActTanzania (Garbage Medical Insurance) – a social enterprise established micro health insurance program which uses garbage as a financial resource. With this program, the community and uninsured poor slum dwellers are able to pay for health cover, drugs and other clinical services by using garbage as payment to an insurance scheme.

Project Baala – seeks to make menstruation a non-issue in India, through specially designed reusable sanitary napkins that can be used for two years and innovative menstrual awareness workshops. Their aim is to impact the 87% of women and girls in India who use old rags and sometimes even leaves, hay and sand as menstrual absorbents.

Each will receive support from the awards’ pro bono community and £20,000 to develop their ideas.

Please click here to read the press release.

For further information, please contact Mona Rahman at [email protected], or visit to learn more about the Awards.

This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of July 4, 2018.