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Welcome to our August 2013 e-newsletter.  We hope that you find it useful. Please feel free to circulate to interested colleagues.

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Frontline 88

Casework and policy news

Case selection policy

Migrants and healthcare

New courses

Volunteer opportunities

Child poverty report

Constructive dismissal

Read about capacity law in Frontline 88

Word cloud on mental capacity legislation Frontline 88

Frontline 88 is out:

  • with a focus on mental capacity legislation introduced by Professor Roy McClelland, chair of the Bamford review;

  • and articles on welfare reform, gender equality, refugee week events, Northern Ireland Advice Services Consortium's new publication on Why Advice Matters and more.

Read Frontline 88 here.


New policy and casework bulletins online

Read the latest news on policy work and casework here:

Policy Bulletin July 2013

Casework Bulletin 2013 No1


How we select our cases

Title and cover images of LSP case selection policy cover 2013

To find out how we select our cases, go to:

Strategic case selection policy

Legal Support Project case selection policy


New briefing on migrants and healthcare

A new Law Centre (NI) information briefing outlines migrants entitlement to health care:

Access to healthcare for migrants, July 2013


Stay on top of developments in your area

Trainee and tutor on Welfare Rights Adviser Programme June 2013

Still time to enrol on these courses:

Disability Related Benefits, 8 August, Belfast

Disability Related Benefits, 13 August, Western Area

Understanding Universal Credit, 15 August, Belfast                              

Personal Independence Payment, 20 August, Belfast

Personal Independence Payment, 3 September, Western Area

Carers and their Rights, 5 September, Western Area

Carers and their Rights, 19 September, Belfast

Representing clients at mental health review tribunals, 19 September, Western Area

Representing clients at mental health review tribunals, 26 September, Belfast

All our courses carry CPD points for solicitors, barristers and CAB advisers.

Download our full training programme here

For more details, visit the training section of our website or contact, 028 7126 2433.


Volunteer with Law Centre (NI)

Legal Support Project volunteer at work

Our Legal Support Project is seeking volunteers to undertake legal representation for people who do not have access to representation in employment and social security appeal tribunals. Volunteers will receive training and support. More information and an application form can be found in the Work with Us page of our website.

The Legal Support Project is also looking for a volunteer to assist with the organisation of a major law conference that is due to take place in November 2013. The placement will begin towards the end of August 2013 and will be for a period of three months. Details are also available on the Work with Us page.


Check out child poverty statistics per NI constituency

The Child Poverty Action Group has launched a new report on how local authorities throughout the UK are trying to tackle child poverty at a time of social security cuts and upheaval.

Commenting on the publication of the report, Les Allamby, Director of Law Centre (NI), said: 'The figures for Northern Ireland are shocking, with almost 100,000 children living below the relative poverty line (…) Ensuring our welfare reform bill protects families both in and out of work is an essential first building block in tackling child poverty.'

Child poverty costs broken down by Northern Ireland constituency (Excel document)

Read more


Legal Support Project success

The case below illustrates the achievements of our Legal Support Project in employment cases on behalf people who would otherwise have to be unrepresented.

The claimant worked as a supervisor on a helpline. The claimant alleged that, following a period of sick leave, on her first day back to work she was required to attend a Pre-Capability/Disciplinary meeting (without prior notice) rather than the Return to Work interview that she had expected.

The claimant pursued the internal grievance and appeal procedure about the manner in which she had been treated, neither of which was upheld. As a result the claimant resigned her post and made a claim to the industrial tribunal.

The claimant alleged that the respondent’s treatment of her on her return to work and its subsequent failure to uphold her grievance amounted to a fundamental breach of her contract of employment and that she had been constructively unfairly dismissed.

Prior to the hearing, the case was settled with the respondent agreeing to pay the claimant 18,000 pounds compensation.

To refer employment cases to our Legal Support Project or to our employment legal advisers, please contact the advice line on 9024 4401 or 7126 2433, Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 1pm.