Monthly Archives: June 2015

Temple Legal Centre Offering Free Family Advice

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At the Islington Law Centre we receive numerous inquiries regarding family law matters.  Unfortunately due to legal aid cuts, we are unable to provide advice in family law disputes.

Fortunately, Temple Legal Centre offers free initial 30 minute consultation appointments for family law issues to low-income individuals living in London.

If you would like an appointment with TLC, please telephone or email them briefly stating the issue(s), whether you have any court hearing dates booked and an outline of your current income/savings.  An appointment can then be made with an advisor at one of TLC’s legal surgeries running Mondays 6pm to 8pm.

Where: 10 Kings Bench Walk, Temple, London, EC4Y 7EB
(TLC is located near the Tudor Street entrance to the Temple – it is a short walk from Blackfriars, Temple and City Thameslink stations).

Email: tlc@10kbw.co.uk | Telephone: 07887 776 099

 

Legal Aid Expansion in Ontario, Canada

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It has been no secret that the state of legal aid in the United Kingdom is in jeopardy and has been since the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.  The scope of legal aid decreased dramatically and there remained only a few areas of law individuals could access free legal help.

With legal aid’s current state and an uncertain future at home, it is a breath of fresh air when we hear news of legal aid expanding in parts of the world!  At the beginning of June, Legal Aid Ontario (‘LAO’) announced plans to expand its services to low-income residents – the most significant expansion in almost 25 years.

LAO plans to address the growing needs of vulnerable groups over-represented in courts, including First Nations, victims of domestic violence and individuals suffering from mental illness.  They plan on introducing new services, including coverage for first-time offenders in criminal cases and assistance in complex family matters.

The Ontario government has been a keen supporter of LAO, committing $154 million CAD (approximately £79.1 million) over the next 4 years to this expansion.  They further demonstrated their support of legal aid last year when they increased the qualifying income threshold making legal aid more accessible.

It is incredibly encouraging to see our neighbours across the pond championing legal aid and addressing the needs of normally silent groups.  We can only hope that our new government takes a cue from our Commonwealth partners.

For more information, please see Legal Aid Ontario.

ILC Spotlight: Oby Akhigbe

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Here at the Islington Law Centre we are proud providers of free legal advice and assistance to the Islington Community and recognise the amount of time and dedication our solicitors and caseworkers put into their clients and casework.  So you can imagine how impressed we are when we discover their personal achievements outside the Law Centre!  For this reason, we have decided to dedicate an occasional blog post to these accomplishments.

For the inaugural post of this series, we turn to Oby Akhigbe.  Oby is a solicitor in our Housing Unit and provides clients with assistance in re-housing, disrepair, anti-social behaviour, among other housing issues.

Last year Oby wrote and self-published a book detailing her journey securing a place at grammar school for her son.  My 11 Plus Journey describes the challenges and obstacles Oby, as a parent, encountered and hopes to offer practical tips and advice to other parents embarking on a similar journey.

If you would like to learn more about Oby’s book, click here.

Disclaimer: none of the views or opinions presented in My 11 Plus Journey are made by or endorsed by the Islington Law Centre – all views and opinions are the author’s own.

ILC Immigration Solicitor Nominated for Lawyer of the Year!

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We are incredibly proud to announce that Roopa Tanna, one of our Immigration & Asylum solicitors, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2015 Legal Aid Practitioners Group’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award!

Roopa has been working at the Islington Law Centre since 2011 and has proven herself to be an invaluable asset to the Law Centre and the Islington community.  Roopa works tirelessly resolving Islington residents’ immigration issues and assisting asylum seekers.  This nomination is well deserved!

Please join us in congratulating Roopa and the other nominees!  Their work and impact are great examples of the benefits of legal aid and reinforce the demand for it in the UK.

If you would like to learn more about the award, please click here to read more about Roopa and the other nominees.

(The winner of the award will be announced on 1 July 2015)

Hackney Law Centre Wins Landmark Supreme Court Case

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Last month the UK Supreme Court allowed an appeal lodged by the Hackney Law Centre which established a new legal test for intentional homelessness.  This appeal marks the first significant departure the courts have made with regards to the definition of intentional homelessness in the last 20 years.

We know that this was a tough and hard fought battle which began in 2011 but thankfully has ended with a positive result!  While not all cases make it to the Supreme Court, there is no denying the impact the solicitors and caseworkers of law centres have on individuals who would otherwise not have a voice.  We are incredibly proud of our borough neighbours and hope that cases such as this show the importance legal aid and free legal advice.

If you would like to read more about this incredible case please visit Hackney Law Centre’s website for more information.

 

Stop & Search Clinic Launches on 16 June 2015

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Islington Law Centre is proud to host Dechert LLP’s Stop & Search Legal Advice Clinic on 16 June 2015 in partnership with BPP Pro Bono Centre, Stop & Search App C.I.C and LawWorks.

The clinic aims to provide legal advice and support to victims of unfair police stop and search from professionally trained solicitors.

If you would like to make an appointment, please call 03300 603 499 (calls are charged at standard landline rates), or by dropping into the clinic on the third Tuesday of each month between 5:00 pm and 7:00pm (priority will be given to booked appointments).

 

For general enquiries or to make an appointment: Call 020 7288 7630