Law Centres – Free Legal Advice

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Law Centres defend the legal rights of people, including those with disabilities and the elderly, who cannot afford a lawyer.

They are specialists working in their local communities to uphold justice and advance equality.

The Law Centres Network supports a national network of Law Centres that works with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society.

Having existed since the early 1970s Law Centres work within their communities to defend the legal rights of local people. Specialising in social welfare law, they have an in-depth knowledge of the issues communities face. They use this knowledge to help people save their homes, keep their jobs and protect their families.

Law Centres offer legal advice, casework and representation to individuals and groups. Spotting local trends and issues in the course of their work, they highlight them to bring about necessary policy changes and to prevent future problems. Law Centres also help build capacity within local communities by training and supporting local groups and educating people about the law and their rights.

All Law Centres are independent and operate on a not-for-profit basis. They are also accountable to their communities, with local people acting on their management committees.

Law Centres in the UK – contact details: