Fellows: Josie Hicklin and Rabiya-Yasmin Khan

Greater Manchester Law Centre

Greater Manchester Law Centre started as a protest against cuts and closures. More and more people are experiencing benefits cuts and sanctions, homelessness and escalating racism. The hostile environment affects both claimants and migrants. The survivors of Grenfell are entitled to justice.

We have been open to the public for three years, providing a welcoming face-to-face service and legal advice. Young social welfare lawyers have few places to practise. The people most in need of legal representation are least likely to be able to find – or afford – a lawyer. We are committed to developing a new generation of social welfare lawyers and welcome the exciting opportunity to train a JFF trainee solicitor from January 2020.

But while we work with individuals, we have to challenge the policies which produce the hardships they and many others are facing in the first place. That is why we set out our purpose in our recently launched manifesto “Fighting Together for Free Access to Justice” promoting both challenges to government policy and improvements to advice and representation needed to make legal aid a reality and to empower those who are most affected.

For further information, visit our website.

© 2013 - 2020 The Legal Education Foundation
Registered charity 271297 (England/Wales)