Lambeth Law Centre began as North Lambeth Law Centre in 1981. It changed its name to Lambeth Law Centre following the closure of other Law Centres in the borough in 1997. The Law Centre registered as a charity in 1998.
We are a legal practice finding solutions to local problems, through free advice, casework and representation in social welfare law. We cover housing, immigration, money advice, welfare rights, employment and discrimination. For more details click on the relevant menu item above. We currently employ 18 people.
We are part of the community providing leadership, guidance and training to the advice network and community groups. We run specialist training in employment and discrimination issues through our project the London Discrimination Unit. We participate in a network of law centres to collaborate on practice and quality. We contribute to national and social policy to seek change and promote social justice.
In addition, we work with a number of volunteer lawyers from the city who staff our Monday evening and Wednesday morning generalist advice sessions – the sessions (see here). These advice sessions are supervised by staff from the Law Centre, who act as a resource for the volunteers. Most of the enquiries dealt with at the evening sessions concern housing, debt, consumer law, motoring offences, and general litigation.
How the Centre runs
Our advice work is undertaken by caseworkers, and solicitors. Staff work in one of six groups (Housing, Immigration, Money Advice, Welfare Rights, Employment and Administration). These advice providing groups provide regular specialist daytime appointments and telephone advice. We run a number of outreach sessions in collaboration with other agencies.
The Law Centre is managed by a Board of Directors, annually elected from individuals and representatives of organisations in Lambeth. The Board meets bi-monthly to provide governance and guidance for the organisation. Day to day management is undertaken by a Senior Solicitor and the Director.