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Sustainable Advice in Hackney's House of Lords Celebration


On Tuesday 13th October 2015, the Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) team made our way up to the House of Lords to attend a reception hosted by our patron Lord Colin Low of Dalston CBE (pictured above) to celebrate the achievements of the Sustainable Advice in Hackney project.

The Sustainable Advice in Hackney project was a two-year  project funded through the Big Lottery Fund’s Advice S

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"If we have the technology, why not use it?"


The Law Society Gazette has reported on a pilot initiative we have undertaken with Wigwham Legal Services and 1 Gray's Inn Square Chambers to trial advising HCLC employment law clients through online legal advice surgeries.

On Wednesday the 16th of September, 1 Gray's Inn Square Employment Barrister Fergus McCombie advised eight people who had visited HCLC's offices to seek employment law a

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HCLC Intern Toby's sponsored swim for HCLC!


We are really grateful to our amazing former intern Toby Wheldon who managed to complete a one and a half mile sponsored swim  for HCLC, in France, on Saturday 15th August 2015!

Before the swim this is what Toby said about the demanding challenge: "For the last three months I have had the privilege of working with the Hackney Community Law Centre. Recent cuts to legal aid have put an i

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Congratulations Urban Lawyers!


HCLC send our warmest congratulations to our patron, barrister Tunde Okewale (pictured second from left) on the fifth anniversary of the brilliant organisation he founded called Urban Lawyers.

Tunde founded Urban Lawyers in 2010 to assist aspiring solicitors and barristers from non traditional backgrounds enter the legal profession. On Thursday 17th September, HCLC's Miranda Grell, Bel

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"I'm an activist through writing, you're activists through law" - HCLC welcomes new Patron Owen Jones!


HCLC is delighted to announce that Owen Jones has joined the HCLC team as our new patron!!!!!!

Owen, a high-profile political commentator for The Guardian, The New Statesman and author of best selling books Chavs and The Establishment (pictured above) joins HCLC patrons including Diane Abbott MP, Sir Tony Robinson, Lord Low of Dalston, Tunde Okewale, Jean Lambert MEP, Jon Robins, Declan O

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We're recruiting for new interns & volunteers!



Volunteering commitment = 1 day per week for 12 weeks Intern commitment = 4 days per week for 12 weeks. Applications by CV and deadline for receipt is Sunday 6th September 2015. We confirm there are no career prospects attached to these positi

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Paul Dillane joins HCLC's Board of Directors!


HCLC is delighted to announce that Paul Dillane has joined Hackney Community Law Centre's Board of Directors!

Paul (pictured above) is the Executive Director of the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG), the only national charity dedicated to supporting, and advocating for the rights of, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers. UKLGIG supports in e

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Digital Advice for Hackney!


Are you an organisation that provides advice services in Hackney (or works with them)? Or are you a Hackney resident or someone who works in Hackney?

Are you interested in the ways that technology like the internet, mobile phones, apps can be used in advice services? Would you like to get involved in a project to develop ideas for technology that might help support and improve advice ser

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Patron Declan O'Callaghan trains HCLC team in Immigration & Asylum Law


HCLC is very grateful to our wonderful patron Declan O'Callaghan for delivering a pro bono training session for the HCLC team on Immigration and Asylum Law on Tuesday the 30th of June 2015.

Declan became a HCLC Patron in 2012. He is barrister at Landmark Chambers specialising in public law, local government and international law. Declan is regularly instructed in a wide range of matters inclu

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Welcome Justin!!!!!


We are delighted to welcome Justin Kraut from the University of Richmond School of Law to HCLC as our 2015 US summer intern.

For the past three summers, HCLC has hosted students from the University of Richmond School of Law (as well as other American universities) over the summer. The students have then gone on to take a summer course in law at the University of Cambridge before heading back

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HCLC Annual Report 2014 now published!


Please find an electronic version of the 2014 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. Hard copies of the report will be available at HCLC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 22nd June 2015 at 7pm (6.30pm for food and refreshments) at

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Diane Abbott MP to address HCLC Annual General Meeting


Hackney Community Law Centre’s next Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 22 June 2015 at 7pm at The Salvation Army, 122-124 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0QR  *Please join us for buffet and refreshments from 6.30pm*

We are delighted that HCLC Patron Diane Abbott, the Member of Parliament for Hackney North & Stoke Newington, will be addressing the meeting as the k

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Poppy Project hosts new legal advice drop-in for women


The Poppy Project was set up in 2003 to provide high-quality support, advocacy and accommodation to trafficked women; that is, women who have been brought into England or Wales to be exploited in some way.

This could include but is not limited to sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, forced illicit activities and organ harvesting. Support workers work with women to create individual support

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HCLC Statement on Hackney Council 'Public Space Protection Order'


Hackney Community Law Centre is supportive of Hackney Council's attempts to curb anti-social behaviour in the local area but remain concerned that the Public Space Protection Order - which bans rough sleeping in a large part of Hackney - goes above and beyond this.

Breach of an order is a criminal offence and as a matter of principle we are opposed to the criminalisation of those who are ho

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We Walked the 2015 London Legal Walk!


On Monday 18th May 2015, Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) participated in the 10th London Legal Walk organised by the London Legal Support Trust.

The 10km walk saw more than 10,000 walkers proceed through London, on foot, to raise funds for charities and law centres providing advice to some of London’s most vulnerable people. Please see some pics from the 2015 London Legal Walk below:

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‘Common sense prevails': court holds pregnant woman not ‘intentionally homeless’


Read HCLC Senior Solicitor Nathaniel Mathews' article for The Justice Gap about Haile v London Borough of Waltham Forest HERE.

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HCLC wins landmark case in the UK Supreme Court!


We are absolutely delighted to report that on Wednesday 20th of May 2015, the United Kingdom Supreme Court allowed an appeal, lodged by HCLC on behalf of our client Ms Saba Haile, which sought to challenge the way local authorities have been interpreting the definition of 'intentional' homelessness.

Prior to the case of Haile v the London Borough of Waltham Forest (Haile) brought by HCLC

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Solicitor & Counsel's statement re Haile v London Borough of Waltham Forest


Please find a statement from Tayyabah Ahmed, solicitor at Hackney Community Law Centre; Kerry Bretherton, Counsel at Tanfield Chambers; and Laura Tweedy of Hardwicke Chambers, regarding the legal implications of the UK Supreme Court judgment in Haile v London Borough of Waltham Forest [2015] UKSC 34.

The statement is available to download HERE. Full background and HCLC reaction to the

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You Tube Footage of the UK Supreme Court Haile v London Borough of Waltham Forest judgment


Please find You Tube footage of the UK Supreme Court judgment summary in Haile v London Borough of Waltham Forest now up on YouTube HERE.  

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Tribute to Ian Lewis


Hackney Community Law Centre would like to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Ian Lewis (pictured above) who was the Assistant Chief Executive of the London Borough of Hackney until last summer when he retired on health grounds.

Earlier this month, Ian sadly passed away after suffering with cancer. As the Assistant Chief Executive with responsibility fo

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