WHAT IS THE LAW CENTRE?

We are a charity, run by volunteer trustees and part of the Law Centres Network. We aim to provide high quality legal advice and representation to those most in need. •Law Centres offer legal advice, casework and representation to individuals and groups. Law Centres also help build capacity within local communities by training and supporting local groups and educating people about the law and their rights.

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Ealing Law Centre provides Free legal advice and representation for residents of London Borough of Ealing and neighbouring Boroughs

WHAT WE DO : Our areas of specialism are ; Housing , Welfare Rights,  Asylum and Immigration,

HOUSING AND WELFARE AT EALING LAW CENTRE

We are currently taking on cases in the following areas;

Housing  Homelessness  Possession and Eviction  Anti-Social Behaviour  Unlawful eviction when client attempting to regain entry to the property  Disrepair cases where there is a serious risk of harm to the health or safety of the individual or relevant member of the individual’s family

The majority of the housing work we undertake is funded by the Legal Aid Agency and you must be eligible for Legal Aid for us to assist you under this scheme.   To be eligible, you must qualify financially and your case must be in scope. There are certain types of housing cases which are no longer in scope for Legal Aid and we are therefore limited as to who we can help under this scheme. We have additional, limited funding from the City Bridge Trust to provide specialist legal advice on housing issues and we may be able to assist you under this funding stream if you are not eligible for Legal Aid – usually if your housing matter is out of scope for Legal Aid. Our resources are limited and therefore it is important that you telephone us first so that we can assess whether we are able to assist you. We operate on an appointment only basis and cannot see you if you come into the office without an appointment.  If we are not able to assist you, we will do our best to signpost you to an agency who can help.

WELFARE RIGHTS AT EALING LAW CENTRE

.We provide advice and assistance in relation to entitlement and appeal rights on all types of welfare benefits matters including the following: Employment and support allowance issues to do with the work capability assessment; The disability benefits, that is, disability living allowance/ Personal Independence Payment; Universal credit; Housing benefit/ council tax support; Working tax credit/ child tax credit; Jobseekers allowance.

Our specialist welfare benefit casework. includes representation at appeal hearings in certain cases.

We also provide Welfare Rights telephone advice

We are able to assist with the completion of some welfare benefit claim forms such as for Employment and Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment. We provide advice and assistance in relation to entitlement and appeal rights on all types of welfare benefits matters including the following: Employment and support allowance issues to do with the work capability assessment; The disability benefits, that is, disability living allowance/ Personal Independence Payment; Universal credit; Housing benefit/ council tax support; Working tax credit/ child tax credit; Jobseekers allowance.

At the moment we are only able to offer advice and assistance to people who live and work in the London Borough of Ealing.

ASYLUM AND IMMIGRATION AT EALING LAW CENTRE

If you qualify for legal aid, Ealing Law Centre can provide legal advice, assistance and representation  for the following matters:

  • Asylum Claims

if you are an asylum seeker who wants to make an application for asylum on the basis of having a well founded fear of persecution or are at risk of suffering torture or inhumane or degrading treatment.

  • We can provide you with legal advice and assistance in applying for asylum
  • We can help with preparation for your asylum interview, advise on evidence required to support your asylum claim and make written legal representations in support of your asylum claim.

If your asylum claim is unsuccessful, we may be able to provide you with representation at your appeal.

If you have exhausted all  your appeal rights and need advice about making a Fresh Asylum Claim, we are able to provide  advice about the possibility of making a Fresh Asylum Claim . If a Fresh Asylum Claim is advised  we may be able to  help make further representations to the Home Office.

  • Trafficking Cases (Immigration)

We can also help you with an application for Leave to Remain in the UK if you have been brought to the UK by force or by other means, such as coercion, for the purposes of prostitution or forced labour.

  • Domestic Violence Cases (Immigration)

If you have suffered domestic violence from your spouse who is a British Citizen or is settled in the UK, we can help you to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.

  • Human Rights Claims Relating to Private and Family Life (Article 8 ECHR)

We can advise and assist you about making an application for Leave to Remain in the UK based our right to  private and  family life under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

We will usually be able to assist you in making a Human Rights Claim if we are able to obtain legal aid public funding for your case. Please note that Legal Aid Funding is  only granted in exceptional cases.

  • Challenging Immigration Decisions (Appeals and Judicial Reviews)

Where you have received a decision from the Home Office with no right of appeal to the Tribunal we can help you to challenge that decision in a higher court.

Where Cases do not Qualify for Legal Aid

Many immigration cases, including most applications for visas and extensions of  leave to remain, do not qualify for legal aid.

Ealing Law Centre has limited funding from charities to help clients with their immigration problems where they do not qualify for legal aid.

We may be able to help certain needy clients who live in the London Borough of Ealing and who would not otherwise be able to afford to pay for legal help, or get assistance and funding from other sources and organisations

Telephone Advice We can provide you with legal advice over the telephone on all types of immigration matters including; asylum, human rights and applications for  British Nationality..

You can contact us through the Immigration Advice Line by calling : 020 8579 4598  . We will make a brief note of your queries over the telephone and will call you back to advise you on your matter.

You may contact us between 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday; we are closed for lunch between 1-2 pm.

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NOT BE SEEN WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT If we agree to take your case we will then give you an appointment to see us.

Campaigning, policy and training Our trustees, solicitors and volunteers are committed to access to justice. We are keen to work in partnership with other local organisations and can provide training in our areas of law for the benefit of local groups if requested. HOW TO REFER Unfortunately, due to limited resources, we are unable to accept drop-ins and we will not be able to see you if you come without an appointment

To make an appointment or referral please contact the Law Centre: Tel: 0208 579 4598 E-mail info@ealinglaw.org.uk Please call to make an appointment, we do not accept drop-ins.

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