The idea of a national free legal services organisation was mooted at a national conference of lawyers held in 1992 under the auspices of the Bangladesh Bar Council. As a follow up to this idea, BLAST was established as a not-for-profit Trust, with a Board of Trustees comprising eminent jurists, lawyers, and former judges of the Bangladesh Supreme Court. It was incorporated in May 1993 with the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies as a company limited by guarantee, and was registered in December 1993 with the NGO Affairs Bureau of the Government of Bangladesh. BLAST commenced its activities in July 1994 by setting up its National Headquarters in Dhaka. It grew rapidly in response to increasing demand for its services given the lack of available and effective free legal services for the overwhelming majority of poor and disadvantaged persons seeking redress. Within less than a decade, BLAST has emerged as the largest specialized legal services organization in Bangladesh, and in a comprehensive and holistic approach, combining access to non-formal dispute resolution as well as judicial remedies right across the legal system, from the lower courts to the apex court.