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.

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Legal Aid and The Future of Free Access to Justice: The conversation comes to Manchester

On Friday 20th April, a high-profile panel will be speaking on Legal Aid and The Future of Free Access to Justice at an event in central Manchester, hosted by the Greater Manchester Law Centre. Panelists include former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Lord William Bach, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon MP, Young Legal Aid Lawyers Vice-Chair…

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Friday 20th April: With Lord Bach – Legal Aid and the Future of Free Access to Justice

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW: Legal Aid and the Future of Free Access to Justice: An event by the Greater Manchester Law Centre with Lord Bach, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon, Young Legal Aid Lawyers Vice-Chair Siobhán Taylor-Ward and Joe Mensah-Dankwah of Black Solicitors Network. Book your tickets now! Click here. Tickets are in high demand so…

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Case commentary from a GMLC volunteer: Barton v Wright Hassall LLP

Commentary by Robert Povall. Robert is a Campaign Volunteer with GMLC. He is currently studying a GDL at the University of Law and is passionate about making a difference. He wants to become a Barrister, specialising in immigration, civil liberties and human rights. Would you like to write an article or case commentary for GMLC?…

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Welfare for Social Welfare Professionals: Encouraging the next generation of legal aid lawyers

By Haseeb Khan, GMLC Campaign Volunteer. “‘I am a BPTC graduate and I volunteer with the law centre’s research and editorial team. Having been born and brought up in Manchester I was excited to hear about the fantastic work the centre has been doing recently. Changes to the legal aid landscape are a major part…

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Save the date: Friday 20th April 2018. With Lord Bach: Legal Aid and the Future of Free Access to Justice

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW: Legal Aid and the Future of Free Access to Justice: An event by the Greater Manchester Law Centre with Lord Bach, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon, Young Legal Aid Lawyers Vice-Chair Siobhán Taylor-Ward and Joe Mensah-Dankwah of Black Solicitors Network. Book your tickets now! Click here. Tickets are in high demand so…

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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…