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Law Centre

Our Law Centre helps your neighbours protect their homes, jobs and families by offering free expert legal services.

Established in 1894 as the UK’s first free legal service, our Law Centre has extensive experience of protecting people’s rights, increasing access to justice, and advancing equality. Staffed by our qualified solicitors and legal caseworkers, we offer free confidential advice, assistance and representation in housing, employment and social welfare law. We are a member of the Law Centres NetworkSouthwark Legal Advice Network, and have received Lexcel Accreditation, the Law Society’s mark of quality assurance.

In 2015 the Cambridge House Law Centre took a client’s case to the Supreme Court, permanently changing how the government defines vulnerability and priority of need. It was a historic recognition of the rights of homeless people and was the first Supreme Court case of its kind in 30 years.

Our areas of work are outlined below:

Housing

We prevent homelessness by advising tenants about their housing rights and by legally representing people who face eviction, homelessness, disrepair, and other problems relating to their housing situations. We have an extremely high success rate when representing clients in court.

Employment

We provide an appointment-based employment advice service, providing guidance and support on the following: unlawful deduction of wages, equal pay, maternity rights, unfair dismissal, redundancy, and discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, disability, pregnancy, marital status and sexual identity.

Welfare

While the media focuses on fraudulent benefits claimants, there are many more vulnerable people who are wrongly denied the support and assistance they need. We help our clients understand the welfare system, ensuring they are fully aware of the support and entitlements available to them so they are better informed. We also run Welfare Rights outreach services in six venues across Southwark. These are designed to help families with young children understand their options.

 

If you would like more information on any of our services, please contact Beryl Peckham (Law Centre Administrator) at 0207 358 7025 or bpeckham@ch1889.org.

 

Testimony

“I would like to say thank you to Cambridge House for their support and service. Without their help I would have been homeless. I feel like the Law Centre are family.”

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