Ealing Law Centre celebrates official Open Day

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Staff, trustees and volunteers at Ealing Law Centre celebrated their official Open Day on Friday 10 October 2014. The Law Centre opened its doors to clients, local community groups and several local dignitaries to celebrate its first full year in operation at 210 Northfield Avenue.

 

Around 60 people passed through the Law Centre’s doors during the course of the afternoon including domestic violence support workers, the Legal Director of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association, the Director of the Law Centres Network, the Amnesty International UK Programme Director of Migrants and Refugees, a Children Legal Centre representative, former clients, lawyers from local firms, the Deputy Registrar from Hammersmith and Fulham Registry Office, law students and academics.

 

Akram Hallaji, Advice & Support Worker at the Ashiana Network who attended the event said ‘Thank you for supporting our clients with immigration issues. We are very blessed that an excellent immigration solicitor is there to help our clients complicated cases and take on their cases when no one else would’

 

A former client of the Law Centre Danny said ‘being successful in my case and being registered as British has changed my life. Things are much more positive and I am doing well and moving on with my career’

 

Lynn Knowles, Chair of Trustees, welcomed everyone to the Law Centre and explained how it had been set up following the collapse of Law for All. She praised the hard work of the volunteers and community activists that had turned the idea of a Law Centre into a reality.

 

Local MP Virendra Sharma performed the official opening ceremony. “I have long been a supporter of Law Centres and I am delighted that there is now one in Ealing,” he said.

 

Shadow Minister of Justice Andy Slaughter MP added: “I have high praise for the work of Law Centres. In my experience they keep Councils honest.”

 

Leader of Ealing Council, Cllr Julian Bell also welcomed the Law Centre, saying:”There is a huge need for legal advice given the perfect storm of cuts to public spending and the current housing crisis.”

 

The Law Centre’s local ward councillor David Millican also expressed his support for the Law Centre, saying that in his experience there were lots of constituents needing housing and immigration advice.

 

Claude Moraes MEP talked of his background in the Law Centres movement and praised the extraordinary work involved in setting up the Law Centre and the Project for the Registration of Children and British Citizens.

 

“We hope that our Open Day has given local organisations a taste of the legal cases that we can help with and the work we hope to do with the local community,” said Law Centre’s supervising solicitor Solange Valdez.

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