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Joy as H&F Law Centre moves to Hammersmith Library

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Image captionImage 1: From left to right, Lorraine Thompson, Sue James, Cllr Stephen Cowan and Cllr Sue Fennimore outside Hammersmith Library

The Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre has moved to Hammersmith Library to offer more residents expert help on legal problems.

The H&F Council-funded legal advice service moved last week from 363 North End Road to the Hammersmith Library building in Shepherds Bush Road.

“The H&F Law Centre plays a huge role protecting the most vulnerable people in our local communities and we are proud to say they will now have new and improved facilities and our continued support,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

“We will work together with the Law Centre to continue to fight for those who are often socially excluded.”

Situated on the first floor of the library, the new H&F Law Centre boasts five case worker rooms, two interview rooms and a reception.

In 2017, the Law Centre offered advice to 679 residents and 95 different local organisations.

New home

Award-winning Law Centre lawyer Sue James could not be happier with their new home. She joined the H&F Law Centre over a decade ago and is thankful to be in the borough.

Despite significant government cuts to Legal Aid funding in that time, Sue said H&F Council had been ‘hugely supportive’ to the Law Centre team.

“The council have been instrumental in supporting the centre and helping us to find new premises,” said Sue.

“It’s great the council is assisting us to do more for H&F residents. They care about their tenants – which is clear to see by the huge drop in evictions and adoption of ethical debt collecting methods.”

Sue was named Lawyer of the Year in August winning the national award for outstanding achievement at the Legal Aid lawyer of the year awards.

She has more than 20 years of experience in housing issues, helping those threatened with eviction as well as representing vulnerable clients detained under the Mental Health Act.

Read more about Sue’s work in her blog.

Do you need legal help?

Visit the H&F Law Centre website or call them on 020 3880 1727.

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