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

22/5/2015

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!

20/5/2015

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

20/5/2015

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

20/5/2015

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

13/5/2015

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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Welcome Sara!

16/4/2015

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

14/4/2015

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

1/4/2015

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

30/3/2015

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!

16/3/2015

HACKNEY COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE IS CURRENTLY INTERESTED IN RECRUITING LEGAL GRADUATES AS INTERNS & DAY VOLUNTEERS FOR THE PERIOD: 20 APRIL – 03 JULY 2015.

 

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!

12/3/2015

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!

26/2/2015

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'

9/2/2015

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!

6/1/2015

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!

5/1/2015

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!

19/12/2014

SEASONS GREETINGS FROM EVERYONE AT HACKNEY COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE!

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!

19/12/2014

 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!

4/12/2014

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!

1/12/2014

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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