Law Centre

Established in 1894 and staffed by qualified solicitors, legal caseworkers and crisis mitigators, our Law Centre offers free, independent and expert legal services in housing, employment, discrimination and welfare benefits law to help people protect their home, job and family.

We are a London Legal Support Trust ‘Centre of Excellence’, a member of the Law Centres Network, Southwark Legal Advice Network, and have received Lexcel Accreditation, the Law Society’s mark of quality assurance.

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We can help with

  • Rent arrears
  • Discretionary Housing Payment
  • Applications
  • Information on Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
  • Challenging benefits overpayments
  • Complex benefits applications
  • Warm Home Discounts/Water
  • Discount forms
  • Basic benefit checks
  • Chasing benefit claims
  • Applications for Universal Credit, housing benefit, Council Tax Support, Council Tax Reduction, Carer’s Allowance

We can’t help with

  • Challenging parking fines
  • Council Tax fines
  • Debt Advice

“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.”

Find out how we can help you by getting in touch today

Call 020 7358 7025
Email: lawcentre@ch1889.org
Find the Law Centre at:
The Printworks, Unit F,
22 Amelia Street,
London SE17 3PY

We are also able to take cases referred to us through the civil legal advice gateway. Further details are available at gov.uk/civil-legal-advice.

Our areas of work include

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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.

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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.

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Discrimination

We advise residents in Southwark and the surrounding boroughs, who have suffered discrimination at work or outside of work and who are eligible for legal aid.

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Welfare Benefits

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 several community venues in Southwark and Lambeth. These are designed to help families with young children understand their options.

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Crisis Navigation

Our Crisis Navigator can provide free advice and assistance to make sure you receive all the benefits you are entitled to. Contact us if you live in Southwark and Lambeth and are at risk of losing your home due to rent arrears or a change in your financial circumstances and/or your benefits been affected by changes in the law.

Supported by City Bridge Foundation.

If you would like more information on any of our services, please contact 0207 358 7025 or lawcentre@ch1889.org

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