Hillingdon Law Centre, Hayes

Address:
12 Harold Avenue
Postcode/City:
UB3 4QW Hayes
County:
Greater London
Phone:
020 8561 9400
Fax:
020 8756 0837
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We are an independent legal advice service managed by local people and employing professionally qualifed staff. We are a registered charity and have not-for-profit contracts with the Legal Services Commission.

Company description
The Law Centre’s main objectives are to provide free legal advice and representation to poor, vulnerable and excluded members of society, where possible. Unfortunately, due to the abolition of Legal Aid in April 2013 for many areas of Social Welfare Law, we obtained permission from the Charities Commission and Solicitors Regulation Authority to charge for some services no longer covered by Legal Aid. We remain a Not-for-Profit organisation and any income generated by fees goes towards the core costs of keeping the Law Centre open for the benefit of the community. The fees we do charge for some services are very low. Law Centres are unique community organisations and were to set up to overcome the difficulties faced by people who need access to the legal system. Free, publicly provided legal advice should be available to everyone, not just to those with financial resources or those that can get legal aid because of their low income.
There are many areas of law where legal aid is not available. This means that even in areas where fundamental rights are disputed there is no access to the legal system. The first Law Centre in Hillingdon was set up in 1975. The organisation now owns its own building and employs eight staff - six full-time caseworkers, one part-time caseworker, one part-time administrator and a full time legal assistant. The Centre has successfully obtained contracts from the Legal Services Commission in Housing and Family and we also have the contract to run the housing law advice desk scheme at Uxbridge County Court on days there are possession hearings.
The Centre is now funded by a grant from Hillingdon Community Trust and Hounslow Council. Funders undertake periodic evaluation of the grants that they give. All funders are concerned with ensuring the best value achievable for their money. We are always applying for grants but competition is fierce at the moment as a lot of cuts have been made to organisations that provide advice and there is less mone

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Previous Names
5/1/1998 - HILLINGDON LEGAL RESOURCE CENTRE
SIC Code
69102 - Solicitors
Date of Incorporation
01/01/1982
Company Type
PRI/LBG/NSC (Private, Limited by guarantee, no share capital, use of 'Limited' exemption)

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