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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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GMLC represents homeless people fighting eviction from hostel by NHS

See coverage in the Manchester Evening News here. And in the Mirror here. A group of homeless people who established a hostel in a vacant doctors’ surgery are facing possession proceedings by NHS Property Limited, who are seeking to evict them. The Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC) are providing the homeless people with legal representation. On…

Law Society Messenger Column

“What made me first want to study law is the same thing that makes me want to succeed in becoming a social welfare lawyer”

We have a monthly column in the Law Society Messenger. You can see the full December edition here. This month, GMLC volunteer Alex McColl writes about what drives him as an aspiring barrister pursuing a career in social welfare and human rights law.     The Greater Manchester Law Centre is a campaign for free access…

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We will not be complicit in the Universal Credit rollout: One year on

The voluntary sector should not be helping the government implement the iniquitous and inhumane restrictions on benefits represented by Universal Credit. It is not the role of the voluntary advice organisations to take government money to implement something that is fundamentally against the best interests of those they are supposed to be supporting – GMLC…

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GMIAU and Kenworthys Chambers respond to the Windrush compensation consultation

In May 2018, the Home Secretary launched a call for evidence to help shape a bespoke compensation scheme for members of the Windrush generation. This was declared “the first step to establishing the scheme for those who have suffered financial loss because of difficulties proving their immigration status”. On 6th June, we published our response to the Windrush…

LAPG 2018 Awards

Greater Manchester Law Centre finalists for the LAPG Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) 2018 Awards

We are proud to announce that GMLC has been shortlisted for the Legal Aid Practitioners Group’s LALY Awards 2018 in the Legal Aid Firm/Not for Profit Agency category, sponsored by The Law Society. After the closure of South Manchester Law Centre in 2014 we said: if enough people wanted a law centre, there would be one.…

GMLC Panel

Hope for the future of free access to justice

On Friday 20th April, the Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC) hosted a panel on the topic of Legal Aid and the Future of Free Access to Justice. Speakers included Richard Burgon, MP for Leeds East and Shadow Justice Secretary, Joe Mensah-Dankwah, Partner at Foresters Solicitors and board member of Black Solicitors Network, Siobhan Taylor-Ward, Young Legal Aid…