Access to justice for the East End community
Commitment to social justice is more important than ever in the context of the current financial and political climate in the UK. Against a background of cuts to legal aid, mounting pressure on other public funding and increasing demand for our services, the law centre has continued to battle for its clients.
- We help people fleeing persecution overseas to be granted asylum in this country; help to reunite families separated by international borders; and help women to escape from violence at home.
- We fight to prevent people from being evicted and becoming homeless; help those already homeless to secure accommodation when it has been denied to them; and help people living in unsafe and unhealthy homes to make their landlords repair them.
- We help make sure that people get the welfare benefits they are entitled to, including some of the most vulnerable members of society who are fearful and desperate in the face of decisions to withdraw Personal Independence Payments and Education and Support Allowance.
Overall, and perhaps more importantly than any of these examples of the types of cases we deal with, we enable people to understand and assert their rights as members of society. We believe this is a fundamentally important part of the framework of a properly functioning democracy.
The law centre’s solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, and we are accredited to the Lexcel standard for excellence in legal practice management and client care. For immigration law, we are also registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.
Tower Hamlets Law Centre is a registered charity (no. 287282) and a company limited by guarantee (no. 1720518).