Greater Manchester Law Centre provides free legal advice and representation for homeless people and people who are at risk of losing their home living in Greater Manchester.

We have contracts to provide advice under Legal Aid for both housing and public law cases (public law cases if you are bringing a legal challenge against a government or public authority).

We have a full-time housing solicitor, Kathy Cosgrove, who supervises the housing department.

No Evictions demonstration

To see if we can help you with your problem, please contact:

Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC)

669 Stockport Road
M12 4QE

Opening hours
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
New or general enquiries: Monday to Thursday 10am-3pm
Fridays for appointments only

Contact information

Phone 0161 769 2244

On our Contact page, you will find a map with location of our premises and travel information.

If we cannot help you, we will always try to give you further information and refer you to an organisation who can.


Helpful resources for individuals and organisations that help homeless people, private renters and social housing tenants

To find out more about the information and helpful resources we provide, please click on the relevant icon.

Other Places to Find Housing Advice

BPP Legal Advice Clinic

The clinic offers advice on various housing issues including neighbour disputes, tenancy issues, service charges, rent deposits and disrepair.

Tel: 0161 235 7180



Address: BPP Legal Advice Clinic Manchester, St James Building, Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6FQ

Manchester Mind

Free and impartial advice on welfare benefits, debt and housing to people with mental health needs living in Manchester.

Phone: 0161 769 5732




Cheetham Hill Advice Centre


Tel: 0161 740 8999

  • Help claiming Universal Credit, Tax Credits and benefits
  • Help with Council Tax support
  • Advice on debt
  • Advice on housing and help claiming housing benefit
  • Advice on the Government’s furlough scheme
  • Advice if you have no recourse to public funds
  • Advice on self employment income support scheme
  • Advice on statutory sick pay
The Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme

If you are a Defendant in a possession case Shelter Manchester are funded by the Legal Aid Agency to provide free advice and representation at court.

You do not need to be financially eligible for this advice – it is free to anyone facing possession regardless of income contact Shelter Manchester on 0344 515 1711 or and they will refer you to the agency who will be at court on the day.

Street Support Network



For information about organisations offering assistance to people who are homeless or in need of support.

Find a Solicitor

If you need help to find a solicitor who may be able to help you with your problem the Law Society’s Find a Solicitor search tool can provide you with details for local solicitors. Please note that only the Manchester-based solicitors in this list can provide services paid for by Legal Aid, if this is essential for you: Alfred Newton Solicitors; Alison Law Solicitors; Citizens Advice Manchester; Duncan Lewis Solicitors Ltd; Grand & Machyle Solicitors; Jackson Lees Group Ltd; Peasegoods; Penninewest Citizens Advice Bureau; Shelter; Wtb Solicitors LLP.

Tel: 020 7320 5650 (Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:30 charged at local call rates)



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Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC) is committed to campaigning for better rights for homeless people and tenants. We believe that housing should be for people not for profit, and that everyone has a right to a suitable and safe home.

In our ‘Campaigns’ and ‘News & Events’ sections (see the menu above), you will find a list of the many campaign issues we are working and writing on.

If you want to join us, offer your help or support us in our work please click on this link.

GMLC exists to fight together for free access to justice and are always keen to work with other organisations that can help us on this mission. If you think that GMLC can work with your organisation or you would like us to offer legal training to your organisation please get in touch:

Day of Action with Acorn

Recent GMLC News on Housing & Homelessness

“If the prime minister perseveres with his latest right to buy plan, it will exacerbate the housing crisis.”

In this article, first published in the June 2022 issue of Legal Action magazine, barrister Patricia Tueje argues that the government’s new Right to Buy plans will worsen the housing…

Why Judicial Review needs to be protected

Judicial review is a key form of legal claim that enables people to challenge unfair government policies or breaches of human rights. This government’s Judicial Review Bill is an attack…

The tsunami of Covid evictions is here

GMLC campaign volunteer Callum Ward summarises The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s recent research into possession proceedings, highlighting how the use of mandatory grounds is making people homeless without a chance…

Improving access to Naloxone: a life-saving drug

Have your say! The government is doing a consultation on making life saving drug that reverses effects of heroin overdose available to homelessness services. The consultation closes today, but you…

Inquests – a short guide for bereaved families

We have produced this guide because we are concerned about the rising number of homeless deaths in the UK and want to offer support and information to bereaved families who…

GMLC’s housing work on the cover of Law Society Messenger

  Following Kathleen Cosgrove’s win at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2021, the Manchester Law Society Messenger has run a version of our housing law and campaigns…

GMLC’s Kathy Cosgrove wins Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award

As our housing lawyer Kathy Cosgrove wins a LALY Award, we recap GMLC’s recent housing casework and campaigns. This month, we’re delighted to say that our housing solicitor Kathy Cosgrove…

‘Grounds for eviction?’: social housing evictions after Covid

Following the end of the ‘evictions ban’, we did some research into the social housing sector in Greater Manchester. In this article, we evaluate Social Housing Providers’ responses to our…