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Community Law Shops Services returns on Monday 3rd September


The Community Law Shops service will resume at 2pm on Monday 3rd September 2012 in Hackney Central library.

The service operates between 2pm and 5pm every Monday afternoon at Hackney Central library.

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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,

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"The LASPO Act is contrary to who we are as a people" - HCLC & Justice Gap Westminster Debate


Hackney Community Law Centre was delighted to host a joint debate with the Justice Gap team on Thursday 12th July 2012 in the House of Commons entitled 'Justice in the Community: do we get it?'.  

The debate brought together a high profile panel from the legal, community and political arenas and was chaired by Jon Robins (pictured above centre), HCLC Patron and editor of the Justice Gap.  W

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"Cut me and I bleed Hackney" - Tony Robinson becomes a HCLC patron!


We are delighted that high profile actor and television presenter Tony Robinson has joined Hackney Community Law Centre as a Patron!

Tony Robinson was born in Hackney at the Homerton Hospital and  lived in Amhurst Road, near Hackney Downs in Lower Clapton. Among other professional successes, Tony starred in the BBC's popular Blackadder television programme as the well-known character '

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WESTMINSTER DEBATE - 'Justice in the Community: Do we get it?'


The JusticeGap together with Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) is hosting a debate at the House of Commons on the role of the advice sector in communities in the context of forthcoming legal aid cuts.

The debate will be chaired by Jon Robins, HCLC Patron and editor of the www.thejusticegap.com. The panelists include: Diane Abbott, HCLC Patron and MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newi

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Turner Broadcasting help repaint HCLC's offices!


Hackney Community Law Centre is extremely grateful to Turner Broadcasting for helping us begin repainting our offices, in order to make the Centre a more welcoming and pleasant environment for our clients and local community.

On Friday 15th June 2012, a team of volunteers from the Turner Broadcasting London's office spent the entire day at HCLC completely repainting the kitchen, our volunte

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HCLC launches Hackney Community Law Shops!


On Monday June 11th 2012, Hackney Community Law Centre launched our new Community Law Shops service. In the first instance, the  walk-in, 'pop-up' services will operate between 2pm and 5pm every Monday at Hackney Central library.  The sessions are kindly sponsored by the London Borough of Hackney and Matrix Chambers. At the Community Law Shop sessions, Hackney residents will be able to s

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Welcome Danielle!


HCLC is delighted to welcome Danielle Brown to the Centre as an overseas intern.

Danielle Brown is postgraduate law student from the University of Richmond in Virginia on the east coast of the United States of America.  Danielle is spending a month with HCLC as a legal intern before travelling to Cambridge to participate in a special University of Cambridge programme for overseas law students.

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Receive training in disability advocacy and advice


Choice in Hackney, the voluntary organisation which provides Advocacy and Independent Living Services to disabled people in London, is looking for participants to take part in its popular 12 week training course in Disability Advocacy and Advice.

As part of the course, participants undertake a 6-8 week work experience placement with a London employer. Hackney Community Law Centre is commit

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London Legal Walk 2012!


On Monday May 21st 2012, Hackney Community Law Centre was extremely proud to participate in the 2012 London Legal Walk organised by the London Legal Support Trust.  

This year's walk saw more than 6000 people take part and more than Ј500,000 raised! The London Legal Walk is a 10km sponsored walk around some of London’s legal landmarks.  It is (probably!) the largest annual gathering of

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HCLC participates in Hackney Adult Learners Week!


Hackney Community Law Centre was delighted to participate in the 2012 Hackney Adult Learners Week, an annual event, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, which brings together a wide range of education and learning providers in Hackney to deliver exciting and inspirational free workshops for people who wish to learn something new or brush up on existing skills.  

The festival programme was c

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HCLC participates in College of Law 'Diversity at the Bar' Event


Hackney Community Law Centre was delighted to participate in the College of Law's high profile 'Diversity at the Bar' debate held on Monday 16th April 2012.

The event saw a panel of eminent legal figures including Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Rolande Anderson, Chair of the Bar Standards Board's Equality and Diversity Committee, discuss equality and diversity at the Bar. You can watch

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A law centre revolution


HCLC Chair Ian Rathbone writes for new website 'Legal Voice'.

We are on the cusp of what we consider a law centre revolution. Serving a deprived but vibrant community in East London for almost 40 years, Hackney Community Law Centre has been considered part of Hackney’s furniture, writes Ian Rathbone. Now every day, however, we are confronted by the prospect of our demise and very survival.

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HCLC takes part in the Guardian's 'Live Justice' blog


Hackney Community Law Centre was delighted to take part in the Guardian newspaper's 'Live Justice' blogging experiment, where journalists tweeted live from courts across London.  

The point of this groundbreaking journalistic exercise was to try and demystify what goes on in our courtrooms to people who might not have had any experience of the courts system. On Tuesday 3rd April, the journalist

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BPP Law School offer employment law telephone adviceline service


BPP Law School is now offering a free telephone adviceline for people with employment law related problems. Clients can call the line at any time and leave a message with their name and number.   Student volunteers then call them back to gather some basic information.   This information is then referred onto a volunteer employment lawyer who calls the client back to give some advice on

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New Report - 'The impact of the legal aid changes on MPs’ caseloads'


The Young Legal Aid Lawyers organisation has produced an interesting report on the impact of the legal aid changes on MPs’ caseloads.  

The report, launched in Parliament next week, finds that the caseloads will very likely go up. Read a summary of the report HERE and the full report HERE.  

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New Patrons for Hackney Community Law Centre!


Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC), the charity, which provides free and independent legal advice and representation to residents in Hackney, has gained its first official set of patrons.  

HCLC, which faces large cuts to its budget as a result of Government changes to legal aid, has approached a number of well-known public figures in the legal, political and entertainment worlds to se

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Newham Monitoring Project's FAIR project


The Newham Monitoring Project’s (NMP) FAIR Project provides FREE training and workshops, and aims to raise awareness around issues of race & faith hate crime - from low level harassment in the home to escalating levels of violent crime.

The FAIR project will also address: Any form of discrimination faced in daily life whilst accessing statutory services etc. – i.e. within housing/ed

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JCWI offer new telephone adviceline


The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) is now offering a telephone adviceline service for undocumented migrants on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am - and 1pm.

Download a flyer with more information HERE.

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It’s so much easier to attack the poor because they can’t hit back


HCLC Chair Ian Rathbone responds to Ken Clarke after BBC Radio 4's ‘Law in Action’ programme (broadcast Tuesday February 21st 2012)

Last night as I listened to Kenneth Clarke, the Justice minister on the BBC iPlayer talking to Joshua Rozenberg on Radio 4?s ‘Law in Action – Legal aid changes: long overdue reform or denial of justice?‘ programme I noticed that on screen underneath was

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