Harrow Law Centre was established in 2010 by members of the local community that recognised a gap in the provision of free legal advice for local people. Since those early days the Law Centre has grown and has become a respected provider of high-quality legal advice. We are a London Legal Support Trust Centre of Excellence and in our last Immigration peer review we achieved ‘Excellence’ status which has been attributed to only 15% of all law firms. We were highly commended in our last Lexcel audit and shortlisted in 2017 in the LALYs for the category of legal aid firm of the year.
The perception of Harrow is that it is a wealthy borough with few social problems. However, Harrow is the 4th most diverse borough in the UK with many newly arrived communities including those fleeing persecution from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Harrow has the highest level of low pay in London and has the lowest level of council homes. Consequently, those on low pay and the most vulnerable in our community are often reliant on expensive private rented accommodation. Trust for London data shows us to have the 2nd highest rate of evictions in London.
The Law Centre employs an expert staff team delivering legal advice and representation in areas of social welfare law. We have legal aid contracts with the Legal Aid Agency in housing, immigration, public law and welfare benefits. In addition, we receive a number of grants which allow us to undertake legal work that is out of scope of legal aid. This includes representation at first tier welfare benefits tribunals, rights of EU nationals and assisting victims of crime. We also have a dedicated team working with young people to ensure children and young people are aware of their rights.
We pursue cases all the way from initial enquiry to representation in the higher courts, if necessary.
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