Why do we have a Law Centre?
Law Centres exist to provide accessible, free, independent legal advice to those who cannot afford to pay for it. They were set up in the 1970′s to serve those in most need of help.
Getting legal advice can be difficult. Although there are a number of private solicitors in Gloucester, for many people there is no possibility of being able to pay for this advice. Many private solicitors do not deal with social welfare law. Other organisations offer general advice on a number of issues but at Gloucester Law Centre you can get specialist advice and representation in courts and tribunals to all levels.
Depending on your level of income, you may be required to make a contribution towards your legal fees in some family matters.
Who can we help?
People who live within the city boundaries (pay council tax to Gloucester City Council) can use our services. We may also be able to help other residents of Gloucestershire who qualify for free legal help.
For all matters you will have to prove you are eligible for legal aid.
If you are not eligible for legal aid, we will not be able to help.
Housing– We can help residents of Gloucestershire with possessions actions,evictions, severe disrepair, if your health and safety is at risk and homelessness.
Family– Not available at present. We are currently in the process of recruiting an adviser.
Welfare Benefits– Only available for tenants of Gloucester City Homes.
How you can get help?
Phone 01452 423492 for details or use the form on our Contact page.
Who are we?
We have a wealth of skills and experience within our team of advisers, which includes solicitors, barristers and experienced caseworkers. We also have a skilled and dedicated team of volunteers (see Volunteers page).
How are we organised?
Gloucester Law Centre is a registered charity which has been providing free, confidential, impartial legal advice to Gloucester residents for over 27 years.
We are accountable to a board of trustees elected annually from the local community (see Trustees page).
Who funds us?
The majority of our funding comes from the Legal Aid Agency, Gloucester City Council and Gloucester City Homes. We also have a small grant from Gloucestershire County Council. We have recently received a small grant from Access To Justice to fund benefit appeals. We also receive individual donations. (see Sponsors page).
What are our guiding principles?
We aim to use the law to help combat inequality, discrimination and the causes as well as the effects of poverty, and to ensure that people have someone to champion their rights through legal challenge.
Here, at Gloucester Law Centre, our work is guided by an Equal Opportunities Policy. You can find full details of our policy here.
If you are not satisfied with the service we provide we will do our best to put things right. You can see our complaints procedure here.