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Haringey Law Centre

WHO WE ARE

Haringey Law Centre is a charity providing free and independent specialist legal advice, assistance and representation to people living, working and studying in the London Borough of Haringey and the surrounding areas. Haringey Law Centre opened in 1976 with a mission to make a positive impact to people’s lives, especially the most vulnerable and socially excluded, by providing legal advice, assistance and representation. We are a member of  the Law Centres Network.

WHAT WE DO

The law centre’s solicitors, caseworkers and volunteers deliver advice, assistance and representation in housing, debt, welfare benefits, asylum and immigration, employment and personal injury law matters. Due to funding cuts, the centre is currently only open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 11am and 5pm. On these days and times, people can drop in to see us without an appointment for an initial assessment of their case. This helps us to find out whether the law centre will be able to assist with that particular matter. If we are able to assist, we will make people a booked appointment with one of our solicitors, caseworkers or volunteer lawyers.

HOW WE ARE FUNDED

Unfortunately, the law centre lost its local authority funding in April 2016. Between April 2016 and December 2016, the services being provided at Haringey Law Centre were being provided by former staff who stayed on with the organisation as volunteers and received no pay. We have been actively working to raise new funds in order to ensure that the Law Centre survives and are pleased to have begun to have been awarded funds from the following organisations:

  • In December 2016, we received a 3 year grant from the City of London Solicitors’ Company to fund debt advice at the Law Centre 2 days a week.
  • In January 2017, we obtained a grant from the AB Trust to support the organisation’s capacity building work and housing advice work.
  • In March 2017, we were awarded a grant from the London Legal Support Trust to help us set up a formal volunteer programme.
  • In May 2017, our application to the Northumberland Park Partnership Board was successful We will begin delivering weekly pop-up advice services for Northumberland Park ward residents and legal training sessions for groups and organisations who work with residents of Northumberland Park ward in September 2017.
  • In June 2017, we were grateful to receive a grant from the Big Lottery’s ‘Awards for All‘ fund to enable us to significantly upgrade our ICT (including this website), begin to provide a telephone adviceline and run a targetted community publicity campaign.
  • In July 2017, Garden Court Chambers sent us a donation from its Special Fund to enable us to raise awareness of our services. We are extremely grateful to everyone at the Chambers.

We have now also begun to deliver a dedicated disability benefits service in partnership with pro bono lawyers from Debevoise and Plimpton LLP. Haringey residents who need help to challenge a Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) decision can now bring their case to the Law Centre and be assisted with the paperwork for their tribunal hearing. The lawyers also represent people at their tribunal hearings on the day. Download a flyer with more information about our new disability benefits service HERE.

We are grateful to the City of London Solicitors, AB Trust, London Legal Support Trust, Debevoise and Plimpton LLP, The London Legal Support Trust, Northumberland Park Partnership Board, The Big Lottery and Garden Court Chambers and hope to be able to form partnerships with other organisations in order to begin offering more services and eventually restoring the open times of the Law Centre to 5 days a week. Please do contact us if you would be interested in joining the City of London Solicitors, AB Trust, London Legal Support Trust, Debevoise and Plimpton LLP, The London Legal Support Trust, the Northumberland Park Partnership Board, The Big Lottery and Garden Court Chambers in supporting our work.

HOW WE ARE GOVERNED 

The law centre is a membership organisation. People can apply to become members and get involved in the life of the law centre. We also have a management committee made up of volunteer trustees who set the law centre’s strategic direction and hold the staff accountable for legal and financial decisions being made. The management committee holds a minimum of six meetings a year and is required to undergo re-election at annual general meetings. The management committee is also required to ensure that the law centre’s accounts are independently audited filed with the Charities Commission by the end of each financial year.

HOW WE ARE REGULATED

Haringey Law Centre is by the Charities Commission, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Law Society. Our charity registration number is 274760. We are also a company limited by guarantee and our company limited by guarantee number is 1332867.