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What is the Lewisham Law Service (LLS)?

Lewisham Law Service (LLS) aims to increase access to high quality specialist legal advice for disadvantaged residents in Lewisham. LLS will defend the legal rights of people who cannot afford a lawyer. They are specialists working in their local communities to uphold justice and advance equality.

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Who is developing LLS?

LLS is a partnership between Citizens Advice Lewisham (CAL) and Southwark Law Centre (SLC) providing specialist legal advice to disadvantaged residents of Lewisham.

Why is there a need for a Lewisham Law Service?

Lewisham does not have its own Public Law Centre, unusual amongst inner London boroughs. The continued reduction in public funding to support individual social legal issues means there is an increasing number of residents without resources to access specialist legal advice. The service adds to what advice agencies such as Citizens Advice Lewisham and other Advice Lewisham partners currently offer. Without the specialist legal advice offered by LLS, residents will be less likely to receive services and other rights the law says they should.

Where will the LLS be based?

LLS will initially be based at the Leemore Community Advice Centre, already home to many members of the Advice Lewisham Partnership. The Centre is conveniently located in central Lewisham at Leemore Central Community Centre Hub, Bonfield Road, SE13 5EU

Clients will be seen by appointment only. Clients will be referred to LLS by local advice agencies including Citizens Advice Lewisham and other Advice Lewisham partners. This though is not an exclusive list and will develop as resources permit – other sources of referrals will be Southwark Law Centre and local MPs and Councillors.

What services will LLS offer?

Initially LLS will offer legal services focussed on helping those with Housing and Employment issues. Provision of Immigration advice will be the next service area but is dependent on securing additional resources.

Employment case work will be provided from April 2018, followed by Housing support in September 2018.

These areas have been identified as being in most need of specialist legal casework. It is hoped that as LLS becomes established other services will be included.

How is LLS funded?

CAL has obtained funding from Trust for London and SLC has been awarded a Legal Aid contract to provide housing casework and representation. SLC has also secured funding from the Access to Justice Charity to provide advice for people with employment problems, and the London Legal Support Trust to help with set up costs.

Lewisham Residents: How do I get Legal Advice from LLS?

LLS will take cases referred from other sources such as Advice Lewisham or local agencies. Please continue to call the Advice Lewisham Freephone Advice line 0800 231 5453 Monday – Friday.  9am – 5pm. Lines are usually less busy from 11am – 2pm. Appointments are booked subject to an assessment and availability. Appropriate cases and clients will be referred to LLS.

Will the LLS cost me to use?

LLS will not make a charge to residents when using the service. Costs of providing the service are supported by grants from charities and a Legal Aid contract in housing.

 

Privacy Notice

Any personal data you give to the Law Centre, its staff and Volunteers for the purposes of seeking advice will be confidentially and securely stored in accordance with our data retention policy (a copy of which is available on request).  It will be held by the Law Centre as Data Controller and will only be used for the purposes of considering and where appropriate conducting your case. It will not be disclosed to any third parties and will be securely deleted in accordance with our data retention policy.  You have a right to be told what data we hold about you (though you are likely to have provided us with that data) and to have it corrected if it is wrong.  You may have other rights under the data protection legislation and you can find out more about these rights from the Information Commissioner’s Office at www.ico.org.uk