Host Organisation: Derbyshire Law Centre

Gary Steel

Gary studied for a Bachelor of Law (Hons) at the Open University after leaving school at the age of fourteen without any GCSEs or A Levels. He studied on a part time basis over 6 years graduating in 2014. In 2016, Gary was the sole male awarded the 2016/2017 Law Society Diversity Access Scholarship and studied the LLM LPC at Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 2018.

Gary has worked in the legal sector since graduating from the Open University both in paid employment and volunteer roles in Immigration Law, Family Law and Housing Law. Gary joined Derbyshire Law Centre in 2018 as the Homelessness Prevention Paralegal undertaking the day to day delivery of the Homelessness Reduction Act Project, whose aim is to prevent homelessness within the Local Authority funders’ areas. The success of the Homelessness Reduction Act Project has resulted in two sister projects being funded by the Local Authorities.

Gary commenced his Training Contact with Derbyshire Law Centre on 4th January 2021 with his first Seat being in Employment Law.


Gary’s project is to develop a pathway for victims of domestic violence who do not have recourse to public funds, or where it requires clarification, to access free immigration, housing and homelessness prevention advice and assistance and refuge support. The pathway would involve partnership work with other frontline agencies and local authorities, in tandem with the specialist core and project work offered by the Law Centre to ensure effective holistic support for a person in a time of crisis.

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