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HCLC Solicitor Paul Heron wins Law Society Excellence Award!


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’

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Dalston Pop-Up! New Debt & Consumer Law Evening Advice Service launched!


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

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Prevent Illegal Evictions in Hackney


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

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Welcome Lorna!


HCLC is very pleased to welcome new volunteer Lorna Antonio (pictured left) to the Law Centre.

Lorna is doing her placement with HCLC through the Choice in Hackney voluntary organisation, which provides Advocacy and Independent Living Services to disabled people in London. Lorna suffers from dyslexia, dyspraxia, and dicalculus but despite having to live with and manage these conditio

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HCLC shortlisted for prestigious 'excellence' awards!


We are delighted to announce that Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) has been shortlisted for two of this year’s Law Society Excellence Awards!

HCLC has been shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Innovation’ category following the launch of our  Community Law Shops ‘pop-up’ advice service, which takes place every Monday between 2pm and 5pm in Hackney Central Library. HCLC solicito

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Mind the Justice Gap - a Joint Public Legal Education Project


We have joined forces with the Justice Gap, the University College London’s Centre for Access to Justice and the Hackney Council of Voluntary Services to work on a major public legal education (PLE) project aimed at young people explaining legal rights and demystifying the law.

The initiative (called Mind the JusticeGap) – backed by human rights lawyer Michael Mansfield QC and the fo

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EVENT: Inspire Hackney


Just over one year on from last August's riot, it is time for us, as a community, to reflect on where we are, and what steps we need to take as a community.

Inspire Hackney will be part art, part workshops and a lot of fun. Working with a range of partner organisations, Hackney Unites will take the time to explore what community organising is and how it can help us to address issues such

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Every Child in Need Campaign


The Every Child in Need Campaign has made excellent progress in recent weeks.  

The campaign concerns the consultation which has commenced in relation to the Department for Education’s proposed changes to the statutory guidance concerning children in need. A campaign and information meeting was held on 26th July at Doughty Street Chambers, following the launch of the website. The follo

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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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