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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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…

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Create a Levy for Free Access to Justice: An open letter to Andy Burnham

  *Sign this letter here* Dear Andy Burnham, The Greater Manchester Law Centre invites you to fund pro bono and charitable legal services by introducing a levy on Manchester’s corporate legal sector. Your manifesto declares that Greater Manchester will be ‘a beacon of social justice to the country’, ‘where no one is left behind’. To…

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Manchester Arena Attack Free Legal Advice

If you were at the Manchester Arena and have been affected by the attack on Monday 22nd May 2017, Manchester Law Society can help you get free legal advice and assistance. If you have been physically or mentally injured or have concerns about yours/others property, long-term healthcare arrangements, financial obligations/debt, benefits, insurance, family matters or…

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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…