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HCLC publishes new 'Digital Insights' Report


Hackney Community Law Centre is delighted to publish our new report: 'Finding better problems for better solutions: Digital insights for Hackney Advice Sector'.

The report, which we originally commissioned as part of the HCLC-led Sustainable Advice in Hackney project', sets out the findings of a number of public engagement sessions Social Spider CIC carried out with voluntary sector advice prov

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HCLC Annual Report 2015 now published!


Please find an electronic version of the 2015 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.

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HCLC is recruiting a new Welfare Benefits Caseworker!


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

Salary – Ј25,000 Key duties: To provide a comprehensive specialist welfare benefits advice service for people living in Hackney. To provide specialist casework and representation in welfare benefits matters The successful candidate will have specialist knowledge of means-tested and non-means tested welfare b

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HCLC to participate in 2016 Hackney Adult Learning Festival


On Monday 13th June 2016 between 3.30am and 5.30pm,

Hackney Community Law Centre will be delivering a free pop-up legal advice session, as part of Hackney Adult Learning Festival, at Homerton Library, Homerton High St, London E9 6AS.  If you or someone you know has a legal problem they need help with then please pop in. Hackney Adult Learning Festival is part of the national Festival of

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INVITATION - HCLC Digital Advice Summit - Tuesday June 14th 2016


In recent years, though it's been a time of crisis and increased financial pressure for advice agencies and law firms, it's also been a time that has presented opportunities to think 'out of the box', innovate, and think seriously about the future delivery of our services. In the the last year alone, Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) has piloted new online advice surgeries in partnership with

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Wendy Pettifer retires from HCLC


HCLC is saying au revoir (but not goodbye) to our wonderful Senior Housing Solicitor Wendy Pettifer (pictured right) who is retiring from HCLC.

Wendy, a local Hackney resident since 1970, joined HCLC as a Senior Housing Solicitor in 2009. She had already served on HCLC's Management Committee (now the Board of Directors) between 1980 and 2007. Wendy chose to join HCLC after working in priva

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HCLC passes Lexcel audit with flying colours!


We are delighted to report that HCLC has passed our most recent formal audit with flying colours.

The audit was conducted by Lexcel England and Wales who carry out assessments for The Law Society. This is what the auditor who carried out HCLC's assessment wrote: "The Law Centre receives funding from a variety of sources including the Legal Services Commission, Hackney Council and Lon

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'Law for Good' hackathon a complete success!


Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) is delighted to report that the 'Law for Good' hackathon, organised for HCLC by Legal Geek - the UK's largest tech community of groups of lawyers, entrepreneurs, techies and industry experts working together to disrupt, improve and innovate the traditional legal industry - was a complete success.

The event was Europe’s first ever law tech hackathon. O

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Legal Voice Conference 2016


Legal Voice, the online magazine for professionals dedicated to access to justice, held its 2016 annual conference on Tuesday 1st March 2016.

HCLC's Miranda Grell spoke in the 'Social Media - what's the point?' workshop alongside Jeremy Hopkins, Client Relationship Manager at Obelisk Legal Support. You can watch the video recording of Miranda and Jeremy's full workshop and all the other

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HCLC Intern Paul storms to victory on Channel 4 Countdown programme!


HCLC are pleased to announce that Paul Erdunast, who has been an intern with HCLC since January, has been selected to participate in the finals of Channel 4's Countdown programme, which is its flagship TV game show involving word and number puzzles.

Countdown has been has been a firm TV favourite of university students up and down for the country since 1982. The programme involves two contesta which is its flagship TV game show involving word and number puzzles. Countdown has been has been a firm TV favourite of university students up and down for the country since 1982. The programme involves two contesta

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'A Place to Call Home' report used in court proceedings!


We are delighted to report that the 'A Place to Call Home' report that we published in December, in partnership with the Hackney Migrant Centre, has already been used to assist judicial review proceedings in court!

Just before Christmas, Birmingham Community Law Centre (BCLC) HCLC's sister law centre in Birmingham (and colleagues at the Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team) were gr

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EVENT - 'Law for Good' Hackathon - March 18th & 19th 2016


Hackney Community Law Centre is very grateful to Jimmy Vestbirk, the Founder of Legal Geek, for organising an exciting event later this spring, which is aimed at assisting HCLC and our sister law centres to deliver even greater access to justice through technology.

The ground-breaking legal ‘hackathon’ will pit computer programmers against each other to reach the best solution to legal tech

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MEET THE INTERN! - Onika Phillip-Adams


HCLC is delighted to introduce Onika Phillip-Adams who is currently undertaking an internship with us. Onika (pictured left) joined the HCLC team in September 2015.

Since then, she has been working predominantly with HCLC's Senior Housing Solicitor Nathaniel Mathews on housing law cases. Onika has assisted Nathaniel with a variety of work including possession hearings, judicial reviews,

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Season's Greetings!



Thank you for your support in 2015 and we look forward to continuing to work with you in 2016! We are closed from 1pm on Thursday 24th December 2015 until 10am on Monday 4th January 2016.

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We're recruiting for new interns!


Hackney Community Law Centre is looking for 3 dedicated people to join our team as HCLC interns in the week beginning January 25th 2015 until the week beginning April 11th 2016. Out internship is a three-month fixed pro

  (HCLC Patron Lord Low of Dalston CBE with current HCLC interns Primily Jo Malanum, Emily Messier,   Sorubiha Kamalanathan and Onika Philip-Adams at the House of Lords)

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HCLC and Hackney Migrant Centre publish 'A Place to Call Home' Report


Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) and Hackney Migrant Centre (HMC) are delighted to publish our new report: 'A Place To Call Home - A Report into the Standard of Accommodation provided to Children in Need in London'.

Since November 2014, lawyer, writer and human rights campaigner Charlotte Threipland has been conducting research for HCLC and HMC into the standard of accommodation provided t

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PUBLIC MEETING - Hackney community groups to discuss support for refugees and migrants - November 30th 2015


A public meeting to discuss Hackney's response to the refugee and migrant crisis and ongoing issues facing migrants locally has been called for 7.30pm on 30 November at Chats Palace, Brooksbys Walk, E9.

Various groups currently involved in the situation will be represented and Cllr Sophie Linden, Hackney’s Deputy Mayor, will speak on the Council’s work. This follows on from an emergenc

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INVITATION: Launch of 'A Place To Call Home' Report - December 1st 2015


*Click HERE to download a printable version of the invitation.* 

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Marie Froysa Hole is a now a qualified solicitor!


HCLC is delighted to announce that on Monday 2nd of November 2015, our trainee solicitor Marie Froysa Hole (pictured right) was officially admitted to the Solicitor's Regulation Authority roll as a solicitor!

Marie first came to HCLC as a volunteer whilst a student. At that time, she assisted with the dedicated evening Welfare Benefits drop-in, which helped people to prepare for their ESA and

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VOLUNTEER BLOG - 'An insight into the life of a HCLC volunteer' by Claire Mayo


"As a recent graduate in Law, from the University of Warwick, I decided to use some of my time to volunteer at Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC).

Volunteering once a week has allowed me to gain a remarkable insight into the excellent work that Hackney Law Centre is doing for its local community. During the last month, I have had the opportunity to work with some wonderful solicitors and in

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