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Law Centre

Our Law Centre offers free access to independent, expert legal services helping people to save their homes, jobs and protect their families

“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.”

Established in 1894 as the UK’s first free legal service, Cambridge House’s Law Centre has extensive experience in protecting people’s rights, increasing access to justice, and advancing equality. Staffed by our trained and qualified solicitors and legal caseworkers, we offer free confidential advice, assistance and representation in social welfare law.

We are a member of the Law Centres Network, Southwark Legal Advice Network, and have received Lexcel Accreditation, the Law Society’s mark of quality assurance. We offer only the highest quality service and client care.

You can read about our areas of work (Housing, Employment, and Welfare Benefits) below). If you think we can help, or you’d like more information on any of our services please contact us at:

Telephone: 0207 358 7025
Fax: 0845 305 2162

By way of appointment, we provide advice and assistance in the following areas:

Housing

We prevent homelessness by advising tenants about their housing rights, providing support for people who face repossession acts, eviction, homelessness, disrepair, rent arrears, issues with housing benefit and other problems relating to their housing situation.

We have an extremely high success rate when representing clients in court. Last year, we won all of our cases.

Employment

We provide an appointment-based employment advice service, providing advice on the following: unlawful deduction of wages, equal pay, maternity rights, unfair dismissal and redundancy, TUPE 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 vulnerable people who are wrongly and illegally denied the crucial 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 that they are in a more informed position.

We also run Welfare Rights outreach services in six venues across Southwark. These are designed to help families with young children understand their options.

Talks and Training

To ensure people across the country receive top quality legal aid services, we share our best practice models with other law centres and solicitors. We have provided training for solicitors and caseworkers from 30 other law centres across the country including Birmingham, Cardiff, Cumbria, Gloucester, the Isle of Wight, Leeds, and Manchester.

Our solicitors’ workshops on housing law have been described by legal professionals as “critical” and “essential”.

Testimony

Ms Y is a single parent. She has a nine year old son. Owing to ill health she had no choice but to work fewer hours. As a result, Ms Y could not keep up with her payments. When she came to us she was distressed: the council had issued her with an eviction notice. With no money to clear her debts, she did not know how she would look after her son if she was evicted. They faced homelessness. Cambridge House helped her find a solution. We helped her to submit an emergency application to the court, to assess her finances and to put forward reasonable proposals for future rent payments and a sustainable arrangement to reduce the debt. The council agreed to the arrangement. She has kept her home for herself and her son.

 

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