An organisation seeking to establish a law centre for north Wales has launched a recruitment drive to help deliver free legal advice and representation as a means of tackling poverty and inequality in the region.
The North Wales Law Centre Steering Group, supported by regional law firms Gamlins Law and J W Hughes & Co, has been awarded major grants to fund the launch of the proposed law centre, from both the Legal Education Foundation and the Steve Morgan Foundation.
The funding will enable the Steering Group to employ its initial legal team, including solicitors specialising in housing and domestic abuse law, a paralegal and a dedicated Triage Co-ordinator.
Based from offices in Llandudno Junction shared with Aberconwy Domestic Abuse Service, the Centre plans to provide free legal advice in housing and domestic abuse matters to communities across north Wales.
Proposals for a law centre for north Wales come after the Commission on Justice in Wales’ 2019 report found that the people of Wales were being let down by the system in its current state, and there were ‘advice deserts’ in rural and post-industrial areas where people struggle to receive legal advice. Wales currently only has one law centre, the Speakeasy Law Centre in Cardiff.
Katherine Adams, Development Manager for the North Wales Law Centre Steering Group, said:
“We are very grateful to The Legal Education Foundation and the Steve Morgan Foundation for recognising the value of a Law Centre to help people in the region access justice in their communities, at a time where unfortunately more and more people need legal advice. Our Centre will work with existing providers in the advice and legal sectors to increase capacity where its most needed, and build a detailed picture of local legal need. ”
The Steering Group are advertising roles in early January, with a view to launching the service and becoming a Law Centre in April 2023. The service will offer a combination of open access, on-site provision and in-person and digital outreach in rural locations across six local authority areas.
For more information about the project, or to express an interest in working for the Centre, visit www.nwlcsteering.org.uk or contact email@example.com.
To view the vacancies and for further details on each role, the Law Centre and to apply, visit nwlcsteering.org.uk/en/recruitment/
If you’re interested in working with the North Wales Law Centre but are unsure about the roles advertised, would like to volunteer, or are interested in the possibility of working with us in the future, we’d love to hear from you!
Please contact our Development Manager Katherine Adams in the first instance, on 07789 672343 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.