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Debt Advice

If you are having difficulties in dealing with debt problems you should always seek specialist advice. The Law Centre can provide advice, assistance and representation in this area of law.


We help hundreds of people every year with severe debt and money management problems. Our service includes negotiating with creditors and can include representation where necessary.


This includes:


  • Budgeting and prioritising debts
  • Checking whether there may be any benefits or tax credits you are entitled to
  • Advice on whether you should accept or dispute liability for debts.
  • Negotiating repayment proposals with creditors
  • Advice with bankruptcy petitions


Where appropriate, we may be able to provide legal representation to defend County Court and High Court proceedings.


It is essential that before you see our debt advice project that you gather together all your financial papers. These should include any court papers and letters, bills and credit agreements, and details of your income and expenditure and that of your spouse or partner. This helps us assist you more effectively.

If you have a debt or consumer dispute not involving council tax or housing benefit, you can receive help through our ‘Dalston Pop-up’ free legal advice service. 


Please call: 020 7633 4531 and leave a message with your name and contact details. 


A law student will call you back during office hours.  If your case is suitable, an appointment will be made with a volunteer lawyer on a Tuesday evening between 6pm and 8pm at Dalston CLR James Library. 


The lawyer will provide you with a letter of advice and discuss it with you at the appointment


***Please note that our outreach clinic is currently closed until further notice***