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Hilton von Herbert trains East London clergy in Immigration Law


On Friday 10th October 2014, Hackney Community Law Centre held a immigration law training session for clergy (religious and non-religious) from all over East London.  

Thirty curates, ministers and priests attended the event, which took place the St John at Hackney church, next door to HCLC's offices. The training session was run by Hilton von Herbert, senior supervising immigration casewor

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BREAKING NEWS: Diane Morrison wins Law Society Excellence Award!


We are delighted to report that on Thursday 9th October 2014, Diane Morrison won the 'In House Solicitor of the Year' award at this year's Law Society Excellence Awards!!!

Reacting to the news that she has won the award, Diane (pictured above) said: “I am really pleased to win this award. It still hasn’t really sunk in. I feel that the award is a recognition of Hackney Community Law

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VACANCY - Strategic Litigation Researcher


  HACKNEY COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE (in partnership with Hackney Migrant Centre) seeks Researcher:  for 6 month project to carry out strategic litigation research into the impact of recent and ongoing local authority decisions affecting the rights of children from migrant families to accommodation and support.

Rates: Ј125.00 per day up to a maximum of 50 days. Key duties: Liaise with

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Legal aid cuts: 'The forgotten pillar of the welfare state'


The Guardian newspaper has published a hard hitting article about the effect that the Government's legal aid cuts are having on vulnerable people - particularly domestic violence victims.

Hackney Community Law Centre is mentioned in the article, which you can read HERE.

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Well Done Jorrit!


We are delighted to report that Jorrit Donner-Wittkopf, one of our star volunteers who began volunteering with HCLC two years ago aged 14 (pictured right) has done extremely well in three of the GCSE exams he took a year early.

Over the summer, Jorrit, who's now nearly 16, was entered for GCSE exams in Latin, Music and German, a full year ahead of him completing Year 11 at school, which is th

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Thank you New Unity!


We are extremely grateful to Minister Andy Pakula (pictured above) and the congregation of local New Unity Unitarian church for raising funds for HCLC during the month of June.  

Every month New Unity, which is based in Stoke Newington, chooses a charity to support and the congregation make donations to help support the chosen cause.  In June, New Unity raised over Ј500 for HCLC.  On Sunday

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Diane Morrison successfully completes the Fulham and Putney Half Marathon!


We are delighted to report that on Sunday the 31st of August 2014, Diane Morrison, HCLC solicitor, volunteer & intern co-ordinator, library pop-up shop advisor AND intrepid marathon runner (pictured above), successfully completed the Fulham and Putney riverside half marathon, as part of efforts to raise funds for HCLC and the London Legal Support Trust (LLST). The London Legal Support T

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Diane Abbott MP congratulates Diane Morrison on Award Shortlisting


HCLC patron and local Member of Parliament Diane Abbott (pictured above) has sent a letter to Diane Morrison congratulating her on her shortlisting in two categories of this year's 2014 Law Society Excellence Awards, which take place on October 9th. 

Read Diane A’s lovely letter to Diane M HERE. It's great for Diane M and the HCLC team to have such fantastic support from o

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Diane Morrison shortlisted for 2 Law Society Excellence Awards!


HCLC is absolutely delighted to announce that our solicitor Diane Morrison has been shortlisted in two categories for this year's Law Society Excellence awards! The Law Society Excellence Awards celebrate excellence in the law.  

The achievements of individual lawyers and law firms from all over the country are recognised.  Diane has been shortlisted in the 'Junior Lawyer of the Year' a

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We're recruiting new volunteers!



Ideal candidates must be able to commit for one day per week for the entire period. The volunteering slots are designed to give exposure to legal graduates who want some insight and experience of social welfare work and an appreciatio

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Sustainable Advice in Hackney Advice website now live!


The Sustainable Advice in Hackney Project, led by HCLC, is pleased to launch www.hackneyadvice.org.uk, a comprehensive one-stop shop of advice services being delivered in the London Borough of Hackney.

DIRECTORY - The website has a directory of local advice services, enabling local people and advisors to look up the organisations most appropriate for them. To register your organisation and

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Welcoming our US Interns Andrew and Rika!


Andrew McGowan (pictured above) volunteered with HCLC for a month in June 2014.

Andrew is a PhD physics student who recently converted to studying law at the University of Richmond School of Law. Over the course of his internship with HCLC, Andrew worked closely with Senior Housing Solicitor Wendy Pettifer and was an invaluable member of our team. As well as his academic inter

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EVENT - Social Housing Community Information Session


The Sustainable Advice in Hackney Project is pleased to invite you to a  'SOCIAL HOUSING COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSION'

The session will cover the Council’s new lettings policy including:   - who is and who is not eligible to be offered social housing;   - what criteria residents need to meet to be eligible for social housing;  - what checks the council will make when peopl

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Magna Carta Day Protest - #iamforjustice #jelfie


On Monday 16th June 2014, HCLC's Chair, staff, interns, board members and patrons took part in the Justice Alliance Campaign's Magna Carta day protest against the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling's legal aid "reforms". June 15th marked the 799th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta Charter and so to raise awareness of the current threat to the UK's rule of law - as a result of the

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HCLC to participate in Adult Learners' Week 2014


On Friday 20th June 2014 between 10.30am and 1pm, Hackney Community Law Centre will be delivering a free Pop-Up legal advice session (as part of Adult Learners' Week) at Clapton Library, Northwold Rd, London E5 8RN.  If you or someone you know has a legal problem they need help with then please pop in. Adult Learners Week is a national event running between 14-21 June 2014. In Hackney, Adult

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We Walked the 2014 London Legal Walk!


On Monday 19 May 2014, Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) participated in the 10th London Legal Walk organised by the London Legal Support Trust.  

The 10km walk saw more than 10,000 walkers proceed through London, on foot, to raise funds for charities and law centres providing advice to some of London's most vulnerable people. HCLC was really pleased and extremely grateful to be walking with

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HCLC's Employment Law Service


HCLC is pleased to offer a specialist employment law drop-in advice service at the Centre every Wednesday morning.  

The service is funded by Trust for London.   Please download a leaflet with more information about the types of employment law problems we might be able to help you with HERE.

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Meet The Interns - Ishaq & Ervin!


HCLC is pleased to introduce our fabulous interns Ishaq Shah  and Ervin Gjoleka! Ishaq Shah (left of photo) became a HCLC intern since January 2014.  

Ishaq has been working exclusively with HCLC's Senior Immigration Advisor Hilton von Herbert on immigration and asylum cases. Two of the more complex cases Ishaq has been working on have involved non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals wh

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Marie Froysa Hole wins Ј10,000 DWP payout for disabled client


A disabled couple are celebrating after HCLC Benefits Caseworker Marie Froysa Hole (pictured right) helped them to win a Ј10,000 payout from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The client was a disabled Polish national who tried to claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) but had been refused on the basis that he did not meet the 'habitual residence test'.  HCLC appealed the DWP's

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Tayyabah Ahmed addresses Stella Creasy MP event at the House of Commons


On Tuesday 1st April, HCLC Housing Solicitor Tayyabah Ahmed (pictured above) attended a special 'Ask The Expert' event at the House of Commons hosted by Stella Creasy, the Member of Parliament for Walthamstow. Since April 2013, HCLC has been running a housing advice service in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, including operating a special housing law drop-in service at Lea Bridge Library ev

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