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Mary Ward Legal Centre

The Mary Ward Legal Centre is a pan-London charity providing free legal advice, casework and representation to people on a low income who otherwise could not afford to enforce their legal rights.

Our vision is a society where everyone should have access to advice and representation to enable them to secure their legal rights and entitlements. Through the provision of free legal advice we aim to tackle poverty and disadvantage through maximising incomes, reducing debts, saving homes and improving general wellbeing.

We employ solicitors and caseworkers to provide specialist legal advice and representation in the following areas of law: debt, housing and welfare benefits. In addition to our casework service we also run free advice clinics with the support of volunteer lawyers, for people with problems that fall outside of our traditional casework including employment, small claims, tax, personal injury, consumer and contract law. We are also developing a public legal education programme, currently financial capability workshops for users of local community organisations to increase their financial literacy and reduce debts.

"Resolving the issues has improved both my mental and physical health. The first time I spoke to Mary Ward Legal Centre a huge burden was lifted. They explained to me my rights and gave my choices of how I could deal with the issues that I hadn’t been told before."

For further information, visit our website.

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