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Welcome Marcin!


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


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!


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!


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


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’


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


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!


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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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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