Book now for pro-bono
in practice: international perspectives
Friday 8 November, 9.15am
Riddel Hall, Queens University,
185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast
The conference will be of benefit to
all those interested in the development of pro
bono work in Northern Ireland. Participants
a chance to hear from leading
international practitioners about their pro bono
work in promoting human rights and access to
hear about the possibilities for NGOs and
others to access pro bono assistance
hear from a panel, including representatives
from leading law firms here, about the business
case for pro bono; and
have the opportunity to put forward ideas
in their workshops for the future development of
pro bono in Northern Ireland.
Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and Founder
Director of the Human Rights Law Network and
Balazs Sahin-Toth Counsel, Allen and Overy
biographies and Conference Programme
Free CPD: To be
Form and Location
Deborah Hill, Legal
Support Project, Law Centre (NI), 124 Donegall
Street, Belfast, BT1 2GY
phone 028 9043 5050
Law Centre hosts WCA
On 19 September, Dr Paul Litchfield, independent
reviewer of the Work Capability Assessment, was in
Belfast to hear the views of voluntary sector
The Law Centre and the Social Security Agency hosted
the meeting, chaired by director Les Allamby, at the
office of NICVA.
Martyn Day shines light
on law as a tool for social change
The Law Centre held its inaugural social
justice lecture, Law as a Tool for Social
Change, last month.
Martyn Day of Leigh Day and Co addressed a packed audience
of members of the legal profession, policy makers
and voluntary sector advisers at Crumlin Road Gaol.
He praised the UK legal system that, uniquely, allows
extra-territorial mass action, and a judiciary
unafraid to take on government and multinationals.
He expressed concern at legal aid changes which seriously
limit access to justice in
Introducing the lecture, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan cautioned against
current efforts to restrict the scope of judicial
hits Northern Ireland hard
A major conference held on 3 October by Law Centre (NI),
Citizens Advice, Advice NI and the Northern Ireland
Council for Voluntary Action heard that welfare
take 750 million pounds annually out of the
Northern Ireland economy.
video stream of the conference.
impact of welfare reform on Northern Ireland,
research carried out
by Sheffield Hallam University for
Enrol on our new courses
16 October to 21 November
Belfast (six days)
17 and 18 October
Belfast (two days)
Immigration law and criminal justice
All our courses carry CPD points for solicitors, barristers and
Download our full training programme here.
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Resolving Child Benefit delays
We recently helped several clients with delays in
processing of claims for Child Benefit which can
have a knock-on effect on other benefits and tax
credits. There is an ongoing problem with this,
especially for refugees and migrants. HMRC often
takes at least six months to process these claims.
This can lead to significant hardship for clients who are vulnerable.
Intervention by our caseworkers can significantly
speed the process.
Feel free to refer clients to the Law Centre
for help. Our advice line is open Monday to Friday,
9.30 to 1pm: 9024 4401. We advise and represent on social security, community care,
employment, immigration and mental health legal