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HCLC wins asylum for gay client from Algeria

28/3/2017

Our immigration caseworker, Sonia Lenegan (pictured right) has been successful in winning a number of asylum appeals since she joined Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC). One of her recent cases involved Sonia appealing a Home Office decision after it dismissed a HCLC client's application for asylum. Our client, a gay man from Algeria, was originally told by the Home Office that they didn't bel

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Lady Antonia Fraser DBE makes a donation to HCLC in loving memory of Harold Pinter

7/3/2017

Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) is deeply honoured to have received a donation for £500 from Lady Antonia Fraser DBE. Lady Antonia is is a British author of history, novels, biographies and detective fiction. Her first major work was a 1969 biography of Mary, Queen of Scots, which was followed by several other biographies, including Cromwell, Our Chief of Men in 1973. 

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HCLC double amputee client wins ESA case!

23/2/2017

Good news for our client Julius Holgate! On Wednesday 22nd February 2017, Julius (pictured right with his HCLC caseworker Marcin Brajta) received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) informing him that it would no longer refuse to pay him Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Back in January, Julius - a double amputee with no legs - approached HCLC for help after the DWP a

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Welcome Sonia!

20/2/2017

Hackney Community Law Centre is delighted to welcome Sonia Lenegan to the team as our new immigration solicitor! Sonia (pictured right) joined Hackney Community Law Centre in January 2017, having previously volunteered at South West London Law Centre when she was a Legal Practice Course student. She has volunteered with Camden Law Centre since 2013. Sonia was admitted to the roll as a solicitor

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"You can climb the stairs" - DWP apologises to HCLC client

6/2/2017

In January, Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) was approached by Julius Holgate, a disabled double amputee (pictured above). Mr Holgate had applied for the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) benefit and been asked to attend a medical assessment. Despite having no legs, Mr Holgate was awarded a total of 0 points by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officer who conducted the ass

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HCLC addresses the Westminster Legal Policy Forum

31/1/2017

On Wednesday 25th January 2017, Miranda Grell, HCLC's development officer, addressed a conference organised by the Westminster Legal Policy Forum. The conference was entitled "Legal innovation and the business of law: technology, skills and new business models". Miranda gave a joint presentation with Jimmy Vestbirk, the founder of Legal Geek who organised a hackathon for HCLC last year. Mirand

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Another HCLC success at Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court!

9/1/2017

HCLC housing solicitor Jamille Mohammed (pictured right) was recently on duty at Clerkenwell & Shoreditch County Court. This meant that he was required to advise, assist and represent anyone attending the court that day who didn't already have a solicitor. As always, there were lots of people waiting and Jamille prevented a number of defendant tenants from being evicted. One housing associa

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Season's Greetings!

15/12/2016

SEASON'S GREETINGS FROM EVERYONE AT HACKNEY COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE! Thank you for your support in 2016 and we look forward to continuing to work with you in 2017! We are closed from 1pm on Friday 23rd December 2016 until 10am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

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Jean Lambert MEP addresses HCLC AGM

7/12/2016

Hackney Community Law Centre held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 28th November 2016. We were delighted to be joined by our patron Jean Lambert MEP who gave the keynote address. Jean sits on a number of committees in the European Parliament. She is a member of The Employment and Social Affairs Committee working on issues including immigration, social inclusion, workers’ rights an

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Welcome Kevin and Jamille!

23/11/2016

HCLC is delighted to welcome two new housing solicitors to the team! Jamille Mohammed (pictured above left) joined Hackney Community Law Centre as a housing solicitor and supervisor in November 2016. He graduated in 2002 with an honours degree in Law and completed his Legal Practice Course in 2007. Jamille has practised in housing law ever since, specialising in all aspects of housing law. Jamill

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Jean Lambert MEP to address 2016 HCLC Annual General Meeting

31/10/2016

Hackney Community Law Centre’s next Annual General Meeting will take place at 7pm on Monday 28th November 2016 at the Halkevi Community Centre, 31 - 33 Dalston Lane, Hackney, London E8 3DF

We are delighted that HCLC Patron Jean Lambert, a Member of the European Parliament representing London, will be addressing the meeting as the key note speaker. Jean La

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Big win for Diane Morrison in the Employment Tribunal

17/10/2016

We're delighted to report that HCLC's Diane Morrison has recently won a big case in the Employment Tribunal.

Diane represented a former Local Authority employee who was forced to resign from her job after 8 years of service. The client was found to have been let down by several managers, all of whom had failed to follow internal procedures to protect her from harassment over a one and half y

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Welcome Marcin!

27/9/2016

HCLC is delighted to welcome Marcin Brajta to the Centre as our new Welfare Benefits caseworker.

Marcin began working at HCLC in September 2016. He previously worked for Stirling Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) as their Income Maximisation and Debt Caseworker. He also worked on housing, employment and immigration cases, acting as a trainer on immigration law to all new trainee advisors. Marcin als

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On Duty

23/9/2016

Our Senior Housing Solicitor Nathaniel Mathews (pictured above) had an eventful day last Wednesday.

Read all about it below. Jungle And so to the Gee Street Court House for my stint as Duty Solicitor, to represent any tenant without a lawyer in the undefended possession list. A list where sometimes there are as little as five minutes a case for the District Judges to decide on who must sta

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Au revoir Angharad!

14/9/2016

HCLC is sad to be saying au revoir to our brilliant intern Angharad Monk (pictured right)who joined us in July.

This was Angharad's second stint at HCLC as she previously volunteered with HCLC last summer. Over the last 2 months, Angharad has been an invaluable source of support to HCLC's Senior Housing Solicitor Nathaniel Mathews. She has worked on housing cases dealing with homelessness, poss

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Clapton Drop-in Service seeks Wednesday and Sunday volunteers!

12/9/2016

Clapton Community Drop-in seeks volunteers!

Clapton Community Drop-in is an exciting project to complement existing community work at the Round Chapel Old School Rooms in Lower Clapton. The Drop In runs on Sundays between 1 and 4 pm, and a new project, Job Club, on Wednesdays between 12.30 and 4pm. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one session a month, and there are also opportunities

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MEET THE INTERN: Justin Johnson

23/8/2016

HCLC is delighted to welcome Justin Johnson (pictured above, right) to the centre as a summer intern.

Justin first came to HCLC as a volunteer in February 2016. He had been working in Property Development Management and as a Medical Secretary while studying on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at the City Law School. Since July, Justin has been working with HCLC's Senior Immigrati

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Tunde Okewale: ‘I still think there are many more things for me to do’

28/7/2016

HCLC is extremely proud of one of our formidable patrons, Tunde Okewale, who has given an inspirational interview to The Guardian newspaper.

Tunde joined the HCLC team as a patron in November 2014.  He 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

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Dignity in digital

27/7/2016

HCLC's Business Development Manager, Miranda Grell, has written an article for Legal Voice about using tech and digital methods of delivering advice to help combat the stigma, loss of privacy and loss of dignity that many advice seekers feel. You can read the article HERE.

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HCLC is recruiting a new Housing Solicitor!

28/6/2016

HACKNEY COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE seeks a new Housing Solicitor!

Salary – negotiable subject to experience Key duties: To provide specialist casework and representation in housing law. To ensure compliance with Legal Aid Agency contract and funding requirements To be familiar with SRA requirements The successful candidate will have specialist knowledge of housing law and public fu

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