Volunteer lawyers to join the rota of advisers at Centre 70’s Monday evening legal advice sessions in West Norwood, south London.
Centre 70 is a community group founded 48 years ago. The local MP has just hosted an event for us in parliament where we shared the wide range of advice and counselling work we do (at our premises and elsewhere) with food banks and fuel banks, in prisons and for probation services, at colleges, in housing offices, at a community shop and with Toynbee Hall and others.
We are only asking for a commitment to help once every four to six weeks. It is a good opportunity for lawyers to give something to the needier people of the community, and for young lawyers to gain invaluable experience as they get to see clients and take more responsibility for their advice.
For the community, the advice is invaluable and can have a tremendous and positive impact. The sessions are well run and supported by our day staff. Even if you are used to wealthier clients, you will be surprised how useful your professionalism and advice can be in advising people who are not so well-off (see centre70.org.uk).
If you or any lawyers you know feel they could join the rota, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you think you could help as a trustee, please let me know.
Martin Beard, partner, Dawson Cornwell; chair of trustees, Centre 70; London WC1