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Hackney Council Guide to Private Renting


The London Borough of Hackney has produced a new guide called 'What you need to know about renting from a private landlord'.

The guide explains how the Council can help privately-renting tenants, as well as information on the legal rights and also responsibilities of tenants and landlords. Read and download the guide HERE.

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Universal Credit - New Information from the Money Advice Service


The Money Advice Service is an independent service set up by the government to help people manage their money better. It has just published new information about the Universal Credit benefit.

The information contains five animated videos to help claimants understand different aspects of Universal Credit including: How to choose a bank account; How to open a bank account; How to

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Refugee Council Chief Executive's address to the HCLC AGM


On Monday 24th February 2014, Hackney Community Law Centre was delighted to have Maurice Wren address our Annual General Meeting as  its Guest Speaker.  

Maurice (pictured above) is the Chief Executive of the Refugee Council, a leading UK charity working directly with refugees and asylum seekers and supporting them to rebuild their lives.  Maurice gave a stimulating and detailed talk of aroun

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HCLC addresses Waltham Forest Street Homelessness Seminar


On Wednesday 19th February 2014, HCLC Housing Solicitors Wendy Pettifer (pictured right) and Tayyabah Ahmed joined other charities and housing campaigners working in Waltham Forest to examine the issue of ‘Street’ Homelessness in the borough.

Since April 2013, HCLC has been providing housing advice in Waltham Forest as there is currently no Law Centre in the borough. The seminar was hosted

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HCLC Annual Report 2013 now published!


Please find an electronic version of the 2013 Annual Report of the Hackney Community Law Centre available to read and download HERE.

If you would like to be emailed the PDF or receive a printed copy of the report please get in touch. Hard copies of the report will be available at HCLC's Annual General Meeting on Monday 24th February 2014, 7pm at the Salvation Army, 122 Lower Clapton Roa

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Lord Low of Dalston launches Big Lottery 'Sustainable Advice in Hackney' project


On Thursday 23rd January 2014, representatives of Hackney's advice agencies, the local council, corporate partners, sister law centres and advice agency volunteers, attended the official launch of Hackney's Big Lottery Funded 'Sustainable Advice in Hackney' project.  

The launch was hosted by the Turkish and Kurdish Halkevi Community Centre.  The Big Lottery set up the nationwide Advice Servic

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Refugee Council Chief Executive to address HCLC Annual General Meeting 2014


Hackney Community Law Centre’s next Annual General Meeting will take place at : The Salvation Army, 122-124 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0QR On Monday 24 February 2014 between 7pm and 9pm.

We are delighted that Maurice Wren, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council, will be addressing the meeting as the key note speaker. You can download the meeting notice here and a nomination form t

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Welcome James!


HCLC is delighted to welcome James Krumrey-Quinn as a new intern.  

James (pictured right) comes from Australia where he was called to the New South Wales Supreme Court in July 2012. In Australia, James volunteered as a clerk to a Judge in the Supreme Court of South Australia and was also an intern at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in Accra, Ghana, where he attended police stations to

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HCLC joins national legal aid protest


On Monday 6th January 2014, HCLC staff and interns joined barristers, solicitors and campaigners from all over the country to protest at  Government proposals to make even more cuts to criminal legal aid.

This was the first time ever in the history of the Criminal Bar, that practising barristers had walked out of court, en mass, to take industrial action. HCLC was represented at the prote

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Save Legal Aid! Demonstrate on Monday 6th January 2014


Name of event: ‘Demonstration – Save Legal Aid’ Date: Monday 06 January 2014 Time: 9.30am – 10.30am Place: Westminster Magistrates Court, 181 Marylebone Road, NW1

More information HERE!    

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Season's Greetings!



Thank you for your support in 2013 and looking forward to continuing to work with you in 2014! We are closed from 1pm on Tuesday 24th December 2013 until 10am on Thursday 2nd January 2014.

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HCLC is recruiting for a Housing and Welfare Benefits Caseworker!


HACKNEY COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE seeks a new: Housing and Welfare Benefits Caseworker:


Salary - Ј25,000 Key duties: • To provide a comprehensive housing and welfare benefits advice service • To provide specialist casework and representation in housing law and welfare benefits • To deliver a housing advice service under a LAA housing contract. The successful candidate will have specia

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Barrister Tunde Okewale becomes HCLC Patron!


HCLC is delighted to announce that Tunde Okewale, currently a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, has accepted our invitation to become a Patron of Hackney Community Law Centre.

Tunde grew up in Hackney and attended Orchard Primary School and Cardinal Pole Secondary School, which is literally around the corner from HCLC's office in Lower Clapton Road. Tunde is a committed criminal defenc

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VACANCY: Big Lottery Sustainable Advice in Hackney Project


The Hackney Advice Services Transition Fund  project requires the following:

Training and Development Supervisor (Full time) - recruited by East End Citizens Advice Bureaux Salary Ј30,000 (inclusive of LW) Fixed term – 2 years from start date You will: lead in recruiting and be able to train volunteers using the Citizens Advice certificated training programme; provide a range o

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HCLC leads Big Lottery Advice Services Transition Fund


HCLC is pleased to announce that we are leading the Hackney Big Lottery Advice Services Transition Fund (ASTF).

The Big Lottery set up the nationwide Advice Services Transition Fund to enable local not-for-profit advice providers to continue providing advice to their local communities. The Big Lottery wishes the two-year funding to be used to help the not-for-profit sector transform and a

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Delicious Support for the Hackney Migrant Centre!


HCLC is really pleased to support the publication of a new cookbook aimed at raising funds for our friends and colleagues at the Hackney Migrant Centre and North London Action for the Homeless.

Helena Smith's 'Eat Hackney' cook book, as featured in the Hackney Gazette and Hackney Citizen newspapers, features 30 mouth watering recipes, reflecting the national dishes of the many different c

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Welcoming HCLC's new Benefits Caseworker


Thanks to the London Borough of Hackney who have provided us with special funding, HCLC is delighted to welcome Marie Froysa Hole (pictured right) to the Centre as our new Benefits Caseworker.

Marie studied International Relations at the London School of Economics before undertaking a Graduate Diploma in law at BPP Law School. She also completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the College o

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HCLC Board welcomes Victor McAllister, Andrew Wingfield and Dwayne Fields


HCLC is very pleased to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors.

Victor McAllister, Andrew Wingfield, and Dwyane Fields all bring immense experience and expertise to the Board. Victor McAllister (pictured above) is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation (HCEO) based in Stoke Newington. Victor was born in Guyana before moving to Hackney

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HCLC & Big Voice London respond to Home Office Consultation on Stop & Search


HCLC is very pleased to have teamed up with the Big Voice London project to respond to the Home Office's latest consultation on police 'stop and search' powers.

Big Voice London was launched in January 2011 to compliment the Supreme Court’s outreach work.   It is volunteer-led and volunteers are generally post-graduate law students committed to youth access.  Big Voice is unique in the

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Hackney Council Discretionary Housing Payments


If your rent is not met in full by housing benefit and you have a temporary situation which makes it difficult to pay your rent, you can apply to Hackney Council for extra help in the form of discretionary housing payments (DHPs).

To qualify for a payment you must be receiving housing benefit, and need to satisfy Hackney Council that there are very good reasons for an award. Discreti

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