The GMLC grew out of a protest against cuts to services offering free legal advice and representation.  In recent years the right to legal aid has been subject to permanent assault by successive governments.  As a result people have been left without advice and support when they need it most, putting them at the risk of poverty, homelessness and unemployment.  On this page you can find out all the latest news from the struggle to restore legal aid.

Greater Manchester Law Centre Manifesto Launch: “Solidarity, not sympathy!”

On Thursday, 11th April, we launched our manifesto at a public event. The event was packed. 150 people were in attendance: students, advisers, lawyers and community groups, old and new friends. The full manifesto can now be downloaded here. Norma Turner, one of GMLC’s founders, chaired the event and speakers included GMLC Patron and human rights lawyer Robert…

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Thursday 11th April: Access to Justice: Why we need Law Centres

With: Richard Burgon MP, Shadow Justice Secretary and GMLC Patrons Maxine Peake and Robert Lizar Join us for the Greater Manchester Law Centre manifesto launch 11th April 2019, 6-8pm, Thompsons Solicitors, 55 King Street, Manchester, M2 4LQ Access to legal advice, representation and justice can empower people, reduce homelessness and poverty, challenge the hostile environment against…

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A Greater Manchester response to the ‘decimation’ of Legal Aid

The Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC) has called for “urgent action” following national and local news coverage of the ‘decimation’ of Legal Aid[1], and has reviewed the impact on Greater Manchester specifically. Volunteers at GMLC reviewed the Legal Aid statistics published by Ministry of Justice and Legal Aid Agency, which indicate that the number of…

Counsel Magazine, “Extraordinary working lives: a day in the life as a legal aid lawyer”

This article by our chair, John Nicholson, was featured in Counsel Magazine, the monthly journal of the Bar of England and Wales.     Extraordinary Working Lives: John Nicholson Free-access-to-justice campaigner John Nicholson recounts a day in the life as a legal aid lawyer operating in the hostile environment   Waking in the early hours. Anxious…