Patrons

“…I’m so pleased to hear about the launch of the Greater Manchester Law Centre, a service that will provide invaluable advice and representation to the people who need it most.”

-Yasmin Qureshi MP

Michael Mansfield QC

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The radical lawyer, who has worked on some of the most well-known human rights cases- Michael Mansfield is one of the most accomplished and conscientous lawyers this country has ever produced. A proponent of the earlier law centres in Manchester, Michael has been at the forefront of access to justice, both as a lawyer and as an activist. His most recent work has seen him assist the families in the Hillsborough Inquiry. On the soon-to-be law centre, he has said, ‘I am very keen to help re-establish law centre presence in Manchester. The situation is particularly disappointing as it was not so long ago that that I opened a refurbished building and visited two others to witness how successful law students had been in not only providing a law referral service but also advice of a general kind right through to an educational resource for kids out of school… It is imperative, therefore, that your intended initiative succeeds.’ His full letter of support is here

Maxine Peake

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Bolton-born Maxine Peake is an incredibly accomplished actress on both radio, stage and screen. She has been notable for her role in Dinnerladies, Manchester-based series Shameless and the legal drama Silk. In addition, she had the leading role in the critically acclaimed Hamlet, and received accolades for her performances in The Children’s Hour and Miss Julie. Throughout her life, Maxine has supported and engaged in all manner of causes and movements for many years.

Lord Willy Bach

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A life peer in the House of Lords, Lord Bach was the former Shadow Attorney General and is now the Shadow Spokesperson for Justice. A former barrister, councillor and head of chambers, ‘Willy’ Bach is currently heading the  review of the legal aid reforms and has been and outspoken advocate for access to justice and our new law centre.

John Hendy QC

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Labeled as the barrister champion of the trade union movement and ‘one of the best advocates at the Bar’, John Hendy  has been instructed on some of the most important labour and trade union cases in UK legal history.  He is also a frequent writer, speaker and outspoken supporter of the law centre movement.

Robert Lizar

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Robert established his practice in 1978 in the heart of Moss Side (and down the road from our new law centre). He and his firm have been committed to providing legal services that promote social justice. Robert has had an impressive and important career defending  the human rights of their clients and exposing miscarriages of justice.

Dr Erinma Bell, MBE DL

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Erinma became a co-founder and CEO of her own formidable charity known as CARISMA (Community Alliance for Renewal Inner South Manchester Area),  a front-line community based group set up to offer life-chances for young people giving them positive alternatives other than violent street, and gun crimes. Erinma also leads on work around issues such as Restorative Justice, Conflict Resolution as well as Peace Making, Keeping and Building within an urban environment. Her charity CARISMA (which has recently merged with the charity Chrysalis) was awarded with the Queens Jubilee Award in 2007.  Erinma, for voluntary services to her community, was awarded with an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen in 2008 and became a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester in 2012.

Dr Dawn Edge

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Dawn is a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on tackling inequalities in health and access to care under-served groups such as ethnic minorities and people involved with the Criminal Justice System. Building on extensive community-engagement, she is currently working with people of African and Caribbean heritage and other key stakeholders to develop, test, and implement new psychosocial interventions and educational resources for people diagnosed with schizophrenia and their families http://www.bbmh.manchester.ac.uk/ReACH/aboutus.

Dawn is also the university’s Academic Lead for Diversity & Inclusion with a specific remit to improve staff and student recruitment, retention, progression. She is currently working with others within the university and nationally to theorise and develop strategies to improve student experience of university; specifically addressing the ‘attainment gap’ where, despite equivalent grades on entry, some groups of students are less likely to receive  ‘good degrees’ on completion of their degrees. Dawn is an active supporter of the ‘Black Lawyers Matter’ campaign.