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Welcome Sara!


HCLC is absolutely delighted to welcome Sara Taylor (pictured right) to the Centre as our new Housing Solicitor. Sara has a particular interest in human rights and possession proceedings. Sara has come to us from the wonderful Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre where she worked for nearly seven years. Before that, Sara worked a trainee solicitor at Merseyside Welfare Rights based in Liverpoo

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Wham! Bash! Pow! The superheroes battling to save legal aid - video


Check out this superb new video courtesy of the Legal Aid Team. Please also sign the petition and join the campaign to save legal aid!

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ARTICLE: Labour need to consider restoring the coalition’s disastrous cuts in legal aid


Diane Abbott, one of HCLC's patrons (pictured above), has written an article on the LabourList website calling for the Labour party to reverse the current Government cuts to legal aid if it wins the General Election on May the 7th.

In the article Diane says: "The cuts in legal aid are putting many inner city high street firms who relied on legal aid work out of business. It has also af

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Thomas Bingham Chambers delivers Immigration Law Training in Hackney


Hackney Community Law Centre is very grateful to the wonderful barristers at Thomas Bingham Chambers for delivering a fantastic Immigration Law Community Information Session at Hackney Town Hall on the 25th Of March 2015.

The seminar, which was attended by 100 people representing 40 advice and community organisations from across London, covered immigration law topics such as Students, Europea

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We're recruiting new interns and volunteers!




Ideal candidates must be able to commit to the internship for four days per week or as day volunteers for one day a week for the entire period. The internship is designed to give exposure to legal graduates who want some insight and e

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Meet the Interns - Nargis and Humaaira!


HCLC is delighted to introduce our two current interns Humairaa Fatima and Nargis Sultana (pictured above left and right, respectively, with Law Society President Andrew Caplen). Humairaa Fatima (pictured above left) has been a HCLC intern since January 2015.

Before she came to HCLC, Humairaa undertook a work placement with a solicitors from specialising in immigration, family law, employm

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Law Society President Andrew Caplen visits HCLC!


Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) would like to thank Andrew Caplen, President of the Law Society of England and Wales (pictured above left) for visiting us on Thursday the 26th of February 2015 thus becoming the first ever serving Law Society President to visit a UK Law Centre! 

Andrew, who became Law Society President last July, was accompanied on the visit by his Law Society colleag

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ARTICLE: 'Good asylum lawyers are increasingly scarce'


Over the last year or so, our wonderful Patron human rights solicitor Louise Christian has been volunteering for HCLC.

Every week, Louise (pictured centre with HCLC Business Development Manager Miranda Grell, and HCLC Senior Immigration Caseworker Hilton von Herbert, at last year's Justice Alliance legal aid rally) has come to Hackney Community Law Centre to assist Hilton von Herbert with his

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Thank you to the Faegre Baker Daniels Foundation!


We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Faegre Baker Daniels Foundation for making an extremely generous $2,500 donation to HCLC.

HCLC has worked with volunteer lawyers from Faegre Baker Daniels for a number of years on various pro bono projects. Since 2012, Faegre Baker Daniels, alongside Debevoise and Plimpton LLP, BPP Law School and the London Borough of Hackney libra

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The Big Advice Survey!


HCLC is encouraging everyone who cares about the future of advice in the UK to take part in The Big Advice Survey, which launched in December last year.

The Big Advice Survey is a national survey conducted at a local level. It looks at how we deal with problems in our daily lives and where advice fits in. It also explores the potential for alternative ways of delivering advice services as w

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Season's Greetings!



Thank you for your support in 2014 and we look forward to continuing to work with you in 2015! We are closed from 1pm on Wednesday 24th December 2014 until 10am on Friday 2nd January 2015.

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Thank You Hackney Umpires Cricket Club!


 We would like to thank the wonderful Hackney Umpires Cricket Club for donating the proceeds of sale from its 2014 Year Book to HCLC! 

We are touched by the team's support for the work that we do.   Receiving the donation is a really lovely way to end 2014. Merry Christmas to everyone at the Hackney Umpires Cricket Club!


Wishing the team great success in the 2015 cricket season!

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HCLC Patron Lord Low CBE wins Liberty Human Rights Award!


Hackney Community Law Centre is delighted that one of our Patrons Lord Low of Dalston (pictured left with HCLC Chair Ian Rathbone) has won Liberty’s Human Rights Campaign of the Year Award.

Lord Low received the award at a ceremony earlier this week. He said: “I was delighted to receive this award because it highlights our success in greatly extending the application of the Human Rights Act

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Miranda Grell wins Reita Clarke Memorial Award 2014!


We are delighted to report that at the Law Centres Network's (LCN) annual conference 2014, which took place on Friday the 28th of November 2014, Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) Development Officer Miranda Grell was awarded the LCN's 'Reita Clarke Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement'

The award was created in memory of the late Reita Clarke, long-time Trustee of Luton Law Centre a

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HCLC ARTICLE - 'Cathy's Got No Home'


HCLC solicitor Wendy Pettifer (pictured right) looks back over her long service to the community in housing matters and throws down a challenge – "when I retire, who will keep vulnerable families safe?"

"I started working in the legal field at a time when the BBC documentary 'Cathy Come Home' was still having its shocking impact on a society which had no idea how the other half lived and beca

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Guardian Newspaper Trustee of the Year - Vote for Ian!


We are delighted to announce that Hackney Community Law Centre Chair Ian Rathbone has been shortlisted for the Guardian Newspaper's TRUSTEE OF THE YEAR AWARD!!!!

Ian (pictured above left at HCLC's London City Hall youth debate with Hughes Cousins-Chang, the 17 year old who changed the law on the treatment of 17 years olds in police custody) has been a HCLC trustee for 18 years, becoming Cha

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MEET THE HCLC SUPPORTER - Kim Evans from The Justice Gap


In May, Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) took part in the 10th London Legal Walk organised by the London Legal Support Trust.

The London Legal Walk is a 10km sponsored walk around some of London’s legal landmarks. It is (probably!) the largest annual gathering of lawyers in the world. Walking in teams as their court, law firm, chambers or law school, walkers raise hundreds of thousands of pou

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Diane Morrison wins Law Society Excellence Award!!!!!


HCLC is delighted to announce that following her shortlisting for in two categories of this year’s Law Society Excellence Awards, HCLC solicitor Diane Morrison (pictured below) beat off stiff competition to become this year’s ‘Solicitor of the year – in house!

' The winners of the 2014 Law Society Excellence Awards were selected by a panel of senior industry experts and repres

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