- What is a Law Centre?
Many common problems that people face – with their landlord, or at work, or with benefits – involve the law. Not everyone knows the law or what to do then, and this can feel scary. It can be very scary if you cannot afford to pay a lawyer to help you. This is where Law Centres can help.
Law Centres employ lawyers and other professionals, who are experts in this kind of everyday problem. They give people legal advice and can represent them if they need it. They use the law to solve problems that hold people back, so they can get on with their lives.
Law Centres are different from commercial law firms. We distinguish ourselves by being:
Money should never be a barrier to justice. Law Centres help those in greatest need and do not charge money for their services.
Problems can often add up: for example, a benefits issue makes you go into debt, and that can mean you fall behind on your rent. For this reason, every Law Centre team has people with a variety of skills and experience, so they can help with all parts of a problem.
A Law Centre is a charity: this means it works for the community, not for profit. Law Centres are accountable to their communities, with local people as trustees on the management committees that run them.
This also helps every Law Centre be independent: they are not controlled by the local council, or by anyone else. Independence is important, because it helps people trust their Law Centre and know it only works for them.
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