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HCLC Summer Reception 2012


Hackney Community Law Centre is very grateful to our Patron Lord Low of Dalston (pictured above) for hosting our 2012 Friends of HCLC summer reception at the House of Lords.


The reception saw people and organisations from all walks of life come together  to celebrate the work of the Law Centre.  All guests invited had a close and special connection to HCLC as either clients, staff, interns, volunteers, sister law centres, patrons, donors, Hackney residents, friends and family, journalists or community organisations.

Commenting the summer reception, HCLC Chair Ian Rathbone (pictured with Lord Low of Dalston) said: "The House of Lords reception brought together many different people from the Law Centre's past and present who all agreed on one thing - the poor and vulnerable people of Hackney need a law centre and they need legal aid. Lord Low has shown himself to be in the tradition of Hackney and I am proud that he has joined us as a Patron - we are people who fight for what is right and proper, to give access to justice to everyone in society - that's the hallmark of a democracy. For that to fail is to see democracy itself beginning to fail".


Thank you to Stephen Llewellyn from Faegre Baker Daniels and Rebecca Greenhalgh from Debevoise and Plimpton LLP (pictured above left and right, respectively) for helping make the reception possible".

Special thanks from HCLC also goes to Polly Goodwin, Parliamentary Assistant to Lord Low (pictured above right) for helping us with all of the preparation involved. HCLC would also like to thank Miranda Grell and Simon Bowen (both pictured above) of the HCLC Development Team for their hard work in putting the event together. *We are grateful to the evening's photographer Elizabeth Woodroffe of Elizabeth Woodroffe Design who can be contacted on info@ew-design.co.uk* Below is a selection of photos from the event:  

Diane Abbott MP - HCLC Patron

Cllr Ian Rathbone - Chair of Hackney Community Law Centre

Sean Canning - HCLC Manager; Ian Rathbone - HCLC Chair; Diane Abbott MP - HCLC Patron; Lord Low of Dalston - HCLC Patron 

Ian Rathbone - HCLC Chair; Lord and Lady Jill Low of Dalston; Jean Lambert - HCLC Patron and Member of the European Parliament

Carer and HCLC client Abena Ama thanks HCLC for having helped with her and her disabled son

HCLC Client Stuart Nicoll thanks HCLC for having helped him with his housing matter

HCLC Client Daphne and daughter

Alhaji Sesay - HCLC Board Member and Nathaniel Mathews - HCLC Senior Housing Solicitor

Lawrence Abe - HCLC Board Member; Ruth Appleton - HCLC Board Member; Jonathan Thorpe - former HCLC legal intern

Olu Adewumi - formerly HCLC employment advisor and Diane Morrison - HCLC Solicitor

Lord Low of Dalston and Hafiza Munshi - former HCLC legal intern

Cathy Murphy - Hackney Advice Forum and Paul Heron - HCLC Solicitor

Hope Olugbola - HCLC debt caseworker and Mrs Arin Olugbola

Hilton Von Herbert - HCLC immigration caseworker; Liam Carmody - former HCLC legal intern; Chorouk El Adib - HCLC trainee solicitor

HCLC Patrons:Jon Robins - journalist & editor of the Justice Gap; Nicky Gavron - Member of the London Assembly; Jean Lambert - Member of the European Parliament; Rajiv Menon QC -Barrister at Garden Court Chambers

Client Kusi Ransford; Hilton Von Herbert - HCLC immigration caseworker; Jacqueline O'Callaghan - Friend of HCLC; Declan O'Callaghan - HCLC Patron and barrister at Landmark Chambers

Client Kwasi Ama

Andrew Lock - Turner Broadcasting with Jane Grell  and Julia Hayns - Friends of HCLC

David Stephenson - Barrister at 1 Mitre Court Buildings and Deji Adeoshun - Youth Programmes Officer at the Hackney Council of Voluntary Services

Jon Robins - HCLC Patron; Ian Rathbone - HCLC Chair; Jake Ferguson - Chief Executive of the Hackney Council of Voluntary Services 

Fiona Harrington, Sarah-McLennan and Julie-Wadsworth of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Audience listening to speeches

Helen Hibberd - co-ordinator of the Hackney Migrant Centre and Fitsum Goitom - trustee of the Hackney Migrant Centre

Kim and Bella

Merrick Hart - Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation

Nicky Gavron - HCLC Patron; Oliver Hyams - Pro Bono Community; Maya Wolfe-Robinson - The Guardian; David Dowling of Pro Bono Community; Ian Rathbone - HCLC Chair

Nimrod Ben-Cnaan - Law Centres Federation and Catherine Baski - Law Society Gazette

Ruth Hayes - Director, Islington Law Centre with David Dowling and Oliver Hyams of Pro Bono Community

Sasha Nicoletti and Yasmin Khan  - Law Works

Stephen Llewellyn - Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Julia Pew - F.W Beringer Auditors; Ian Rathbone - HCLC Chair 

HCLC client Stuart Nicoll and Anne Flaherty - Friend of HCLC

Victor McAllister - Chair of Hackney Caribbean Elderly Association

*Thanks so much again to everyone for coming!*