Host Organisation: Ealing Law Centre

Claire Poppleton

Claire joined Ealing Law Centre as a trainee solicitor in January 2021 and will work in Housing, Welfare Benefits and Immigration Law.

Claire has a degree in Politics and International Relations and worked for the Environment Agency after graduating. Alongside work, Claire volunteered with Oxfam and worked on a campaign for the regulation of the global arms trade. Claire later volunteered with Shelter as a tutor for children whose families were homeless.

Claire returned to university in 2016 to complete the GDL and LPC at Manchester Metropolitan University. Throughout her studies, Claire volunteered as an adviser with Citizens Advice Salford and spent time shadowing and supporting their housing solicitor.

Since completing the LPC, Claire worked for the Civil Legal Advice service as a family law adviser and worked at Knowsley Borough Council as a legal assistant and adviser in the Child Services department. Before joining Ealing Law Centre, Claire worked for Citizens Advice Liverpool as an adviser and predominantly helped clients in welfare benefits, housing and employment matters.

Claire is committed to using social welfare law to help people overcome the challenges they face, particularly in areas of housing and welfare benefits. Claire is dedicated to improving access to the law for all and is delighted to have been given the opportunity to train with Ealing Law Centre.

Project

Claire’s project will support homelessness applicants to ensure duties owed by local authorities are fulfilled. The project will explore the barriers faced by applicants with mental health vulnerabilities with an emphasis on how such vulnerabilities are evidenced.

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