We are delighted to announce that, with the help of students and pro bono staff from BPP Law School, we have now launched a new service to help people fill out their Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) forms.
ESA and DLA application forms can prove very difficult to fill out correctly. We want to make sure that any resident in Hackney who is entitled to r... [Read More]
Wendy Pettifer, HCLC Senior Housing Solicitor, (pictured right) spoke at the Campaign for Benefit Justice conference, which took place at Birbeck University on the 9th of Match 2013.
Wendy chaired the Workshop on ‘Legal Remedies to challenge the benefits cuts’ with Liz Davies, barrister of Garden Court Chambers and speakers from the Mental Health Resistance network. Wendy's speaking no... [Read More]
‘Mind the Justice Gap' is our joint Public Legal Education project in partnership with the Justice Gap, the UCL Centre for Access to Justice and the Hackney Council of Voluntary Services.
The project is aimed at young people and is to help explain their legal rights and demystify the law. Mind the JusticeGap will be an online advice guide about the law aimed at young people informed directl... [Read More]
We are deeply honoured that Andrew Caplen, current Deputy Vice President of the Law Society, chose to make his first-ever visit to a UK Law Centre on Thursday by visiting HCLC!
Andrew, who was accompanied by Morag Goldfinch, London Regional Manager of the Law Society, spent an hour and a half at the Centre talking to staff and volunteers about HCLC's work and the current challenges facing ou... [Read More]
The National Housing Federation has produced a comprehensive leaflet which sets out the changes to housing benefit and provides advice and information for tenants.
You can download a copy of the leaflet HERE.... [Read More]
We are delighted to announce that 'Dalston Pop-Up', our dedicated evening debt and consumer law advice service, in partnership with BPP Law School; Debevoise and Plimpton LLP; Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Law Works; and the London Borough of Hackney Libraries Service , has been shortlisted for a Halsbury Legal Award! The Halsbury Legal Awards celebrate excellence in the law and great contri... [Read More]
We were delighted to welcome Jean Lambert MEP (pictured right) to the Centre on Friday 15th February 2013. Jean, who is a Member of the European Parliament representing London, became a Patron of HCLC in March of last year. During the visit to the Law Centre, Jean met our caseworkers, volunteers and interns and heard about one case in which a care leaver HCLC had helped with a housing iss... [Read More]
Since September, Jorrit Donner-Wittkopf (pictured right) has been volunteering with HCLC every Monday evening after school.
Jorrit, who is 14 years old, lives in Hackney and attends the City of London Boys School. Jorrit got in touch with the Law Centre about becoming a volunteer because he says he finds law very interesting and he also wanted to carry out some voluntary work as part of his... [Read More]
We are delighted to announce that, following the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Hackney Community Law Centre, which took place on Monday 28th January 2013, we now have three fantastic new Board Members in Mary-Rachel McCabe, Elizabeth Ladipo and Adenike Ojo (pictured left to right).
After graduating in Law with Spanish from the University of Sussex, Mary-Rachel (pictured left) spent six m... [Read More]
Introducing Immigration Volunteer Lizzette!
Since October, Lizzette Robletto-Gonzalez has volunteered with HCLC to assist us with our immigration and asylum casework. Lizzette came to the UK in 1995 from Nicaragua. As well as doing her placement with HCLC, Lizette also has a full time job as a Policy and Advocacy officer for 'Progressio', a non-governmental organisation worki... [Read More]
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 28 January 2013 between 7.00pm and 9.00pm
For further details email : firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com or call 0208 985 5236... [Read More]
Hackney Community Law Centre is now seeking to recruit two suitable people for our intern programme. Applicants must be able to attend at least 4 days per week for a total of 12 weeks and will ideally have completed their LL.B, GDL, LPC or BPTC courses and are about to consider looking for pupillages or training contracts. Interested applicants should be able to start with us at the begi... [Read More]
'Mind the Justice Gap' is our joint Public Legal Education project in partnership with the Justice Gap, the University College London’s Centre for Access to Justice and the Hackney Council of Voluntary Services.
The project is aimed at young people and is to help explain their legal rights and demystify the law. Mind the JusticeGap will be an online advice guide about the law aimed at y... [Read More]
On Wednesday 21st November, HCLC was delighted to welcome Lord Willy Bach (pictured left) and one of our fantastic patrons Jon Robins, editor of the Justice Gap (pictured right) to the Centre.
Lord Bach, a former barrister, who has served as both Justice Minister in Government and Shadow Justice Minister in opposition, has been a staunch supporter and defender of Law Ce... [Read More]
We are delighted to report that following the successful completion of her Legal Practice Course (LPC), Diane Morrison, who has worked at Hackney Community Law Centre as a generalist advisor and then a trainee solicitor, has now formally qualified as a solicitor.
Diane Morrison joined the Law Centre as a typist in May 2005 (initially on a part time basis). She then qualified as a Generalist Adv... [Read More]
HCLC is delighted to announce that following our shortlisting for two of this year’s Law Society Excellence Awards, HCLC solicitor Paul Heron (pictured below) beat off stiff competition to win this year's ‘Solicitor of the year – in house’ category!
HCLC was also shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Innovation’ category following the launch of our Community Law Shops ‘pop-up’... [Read More]
Hackney Community Law Centre is delighted to announce that we are now offering a new evening 'Pop-Up' Debt and Consumer Law advice service to people living and working in Hackney.
The high quality free legal service will provide assistance to people requiring help with consumer and debt problems. To access the service, people who live or work in Hackney must call 020 7633 4531 and leave thei... [Read More]
On Thursday 11th October 2012, HCLC held a campaign and training workshop to raise awareness of the growing problem of illegal evictions in the last two years.
Anecdotal evidence suggests the problem may have doubled over the last two years. Examples that the Law Centre has seen recently include: A refugee who was beaten up by the estate agent and was evicted on 24 hours notice A... [Read More]