On 14 June 2017 Grenfell Tower became a flaming beacon to social injustice.  Grenfell was not merely a tragic accident, but the preventable result of residents’ voices being systematically ignored year after year.  On this page you can find out how we stand in solidarity with those affected by Grenfell and their fight for justice, and how we are fighting to change the law to ensure it never happens again.

General Election 2019: How the big parties weigh in on ‘access to justice’

A month ago we promised to demand that the political parties headed to the General Election commit themselves to ensuring free access to justice for all those who have become victims of homelessness, racism and the hostile environment which operates against migrants and claimants. We contacted Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson and Caroline Lucas.…

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In solidarity: Bolton Trades Council statement following the fire that engulfed the Cube

The below is a statement from Bolton Trades Council following the fire than engulfed the Cube. That this has happened following the Grenfell Tower tragedy is simply unacceptable. We must fight for safe and secure housing and we at Greater Manchester Law Centre fully support the points made by Bolton Trades Council.  The fire at the…

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“The building had already been turned into a deathtrap” – response to leaked Grenfell report

Following the leaked extracts of the report after the first phase of the Grenfell inquiry, the media has highlighted alleged “shortcomings” of London Fire Brigade in responding to the fire. The Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC) strongly supports the response of the General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, Matt Wrack, who stated that the…

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Wednesday 14th February: Grenfell Solidarity Rally

The Greater Manchester Law Centre supports this solidarity rally.   GMATUC (the representative body for grassroots trades unionists in Greater Manchester) have organised a rally in support of Grenfell residents at 6:30pm on 14th February, Market Street, Manchester. The event will consist of a silent candlelit march led by people walking in single file, carrying placard…

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Were Grenfell Tower residents denied access to justice?

[Please note corrections to paragraph 2 and 3, 24th August 2017] By Eimear McCartan and Sam Blewitt, Campaign Volunteers at the Greater Manchester Law Centre. On Wednesday 14th June, a housing block engulfed in flames and blackened by charred bricks became a flaming beacon for social injustice. One of the many questions in need of urgent…

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Grenfell Tower inquiry must be on residents’ terms, says Hillsborough families’ barrister

Leading human rights lawyer and GMLC patron Michael Mansfield QC has called on the Grenfell residents to insist that they were not ‘excluded’ from any forthcoming inquiry. Michael Mansfield QC called on victims of the Kensington tower-block blaze which killed at least 79 people to act immediately: ‘Those who’ve got the strength have got to come together to…