Leeds Law Centre closes its doors

Posted by - 13th November 2013

Harehills and Chapeltown Law Centre in Leeds has been forced to close as a result of ongoing cuts to legal aid. Set up in the 1980s, the Law Centre provided free expert legal advice to Leeds residents on debt, employment, family, housing, immigration, mental health and welfare benefits matters for over thirty years. A Law

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Justice in the UK needs pro bono work

Posted by - 5th November 2013

National Pro Bono Week is a good time to acknowledge the partnership between the pro bono community and Law Centres and to consider how it could be developed given the changing landscape of provision after LASPO. The current climate is an extremely difficult one for Law Centres and the next six months will be crucial.

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HCLC: ‘It will be extremely hard for us to survive further cuts’

Posted by - 29th October 2013

In the second of a new series on LegalVoice, Mary-Rachel McCabe speaks to Hackney Community Law Centre‘s Business Development Officer, Miranda Grell, to find out more about the organisation. What does HCLC do? HCLC provides legal advice and representation in the following areas of law: debt, employment, housing, immigration and welfare benefits. Alongside our casework for

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Time for solutions

Posted by - 17th September 2013

‘It’s time to come up with solutions, not just rehearse the problems’, said Unite negotiator Hugh Roberts, at Tuesday’s Unite event for activists working in the London Legal Aid and Advice Sector, reports Mary-Rachel McCabe. Roberts was joined on the panel of speakers by Shadow Minister for Justice, Andy Slaughter MP, LAG’s Steve Hynes, Rhona Friedman

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End of the road for Streetwise Law Centre

Posted by - 3rd September 2013

Streetwise Community Law Centre is to close as a result of the funding crisis. For more than 13 years the pioneering Law Centre has provided legal advice for young people across London. According to the Law Centre Network, the Law Centre took to the decision to close, ‘although not technically insolvent’, it would ‘not have

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End of the line for Birmingham Law Centre

Posted by - 26th June 2013

Birmingham Law Centre finally closed its doors this week after a long campaign to keep it open. It is the only Law Centre in the 56-strong network that receives no local authority funding and was unable to absorb the LASPO cuts . The following notice appeared on its website, saying: ‘It is with regret that

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Manchester meeting: ‘We need to come together’

Posted by - 15th February 2013

‘We need to come together,’ said Julie Bishop of the Law Centre Network in a speech to a packed meeting in Manchester organized by Access to Advice. There were close to 150 people at the Legal Aid in Crisis event, mainly from the advice and legal not for profit sector, to discuss the way forward

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Austerity justice – and a vision of the future

Posted by - 23rd January 2013

REVIEW: Austerity Justice by Steve Hynes (Legal Action Group, 172pp £15).  Austerity Justice covers three related but separate topics: the history of legal aid; the progress of what became the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO); it ends with some thoughts on the future, writes Roger Smith. The book marks the

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CLS grants axed

Posted by - 15th January 2013

The Advice Services Alliance, Law Centres Network and the Royal Courts of Justice CAB are all to take a hit as a result of a decision by the Legal Services Commission to pull the plug on the Community Legal Service Grants programme. According to the LSC, following a consultation and ‘in light of the future

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Campaign to save Birmingham Law Centre gains momentum

Posted by - 11th January 2013

Birmingham Law Centre will not be rescued by the council despite concerns about its future. At a meeting of the centre’s trustees last week it was revealed that without a dramatic change in its financial situation it might soon close. The Law Centre, which continues a 100-year old tradition of legal advice to those who

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