Hackney Community Law Centre is very grateful to our Patron Lord Low of Dalston (pictured above) for hosting our 2012 Friends of HCLC summer reception at the House of Lords. The reception saw people and organisations from all walks of life come together to celebrate the work of the Law Centre. All guests invited had a close and special connection to HCLC as either clients, staff, interns, volunteers, sister law centres, patrons, donors, Hackney residents, friends and family, journalists or community organisations.
Commenting the summer reception, HCLC Chair Ian Rathbone (pictured above with Lord Low of Dalston) said:
“The House of Lords reception brought together many different people from the Law Centre’s past and present who all agreed on one thing – the poor and vulnerable people of Hackney need a law centre and they need legal aid.
Lord Low has shown himself to be in the tradition of Hackney and I am proud that he has joined us as a Patron – we are people who fight for what is right and proper, to give access to justice to everyone in society – that’s the hallmark of a democracy.
For that to fail is to see democracy itself beginning to fail”.
Special thanks from HCLC also goes to Polly Goodwin, Parliamentary Assistant to Lord Low (pictured above right) for helping us with all of the preparation involved.
HCLC would also like to thank Miranda Grell and Simon Bowen (both pictured above) of the HCLC Development Team for their hard work in putting the event together.
*We are grateful to the evening’s photographer Elizabeth Woodroffe of Elizabeth Woodroffe Design who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org*
Below is a selection of photos from the event:
Diane Abbott MP – HCLC Patron
Cllr Ian Rathbone – Chair of Hackney Community Law Centre
Sean Canning – HCLC Manager; Ian Rathbone – HCLC Chair; Diane Abbott MP – HCLC Patron; Lord Low of Dalston – HCLC Patron
Ian Rathbone – HCLC Chair; Lord and Lady Jill Low of Dalston; Jean Lambert – HCLC Patron and Member of the European Parliament
Carer and HCLC client Abena Ama thanks HCLC for having helped with her and her disabled son
HCLC Client Stuart Nicoll thanks HCLC for having helped him with his housing matter
HCLC Client Daphne and daughter
Alhaji Sesay – HCLC Board Member and Nathaniel Mathews – HCLC Senior Housing Solicitor
Lawrence Abe – HCLC Board Member; Ruth Appleton – HCLC Board Member; Jonathan Thorpe – former HCLC legal intern
Olu Adewumi – formerly HCLC employment advisor and Diane Morrison – HCLC Solicitor
Lord Low of Dalston and Hafiza Munshi – former HCLC legal intern
Cathy Murphy – Hackney Advice Forum and Paul Heron – HCLC Solicitor
Hope Olugbola – HCLC debt caseworker and Mrs Arin Olugbola
Hilton Von Herbert – HCLC immigration caseworker; Liam Carmody – former HCLC legal intern; Chorouk El Adib – HCLC trainee solicitor
HCLC Patrons:Jon Robins – journalist & editor of the Justice Gap; Nicky Gavron – Member of the London Assembly; Jean Lambert – Member of the European Parliament; Rajiv Menon QC -Barrister at Garden Court Chambers
Client Kusi Ransford; Hilton Von Herbert – HCLC immigration caseworker; Jacqueline O’Callaghan – Friend of HCLC; Declan O’Callaghan – HCLC Patron and barrister at Landmark Chambers
Client Kwasi Ama
Andrew Lock – Turner Broadcasting with Jane Grell and Julia Hayns – Friends of HCLC
David Stephenson – Barrister at 1 Mitre Court Buildings and Deji Adeoshun – Youth Programmes Officer at the Hackney Council of Voluntary Services
Jon Robins – HCLC Patron; Ian Rathbone – HCLC Chair; Jake Ferguson – Chief Executive of the Hackney Council of Voluntary Services
Fiona Harrington, Sarah-McLennan and Julie-Wadsworth of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Audience listening to speeches
Helen Hibberd – co-ordinator of the Hackney Migrant Centre and Fitsum Goitom – trustee of the Hackney Migrant Centre
Kim and Bella
Merrick Hart – Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation
Nicky Gavron – HCLC Patron; Oliver Hyams – Pro Bono Community; Maya Wolfe-Robinson – The Guardian; David Dowling of Pro Bono Community; Ian Rathbone – HCLC Chair
Nimrod Ben-Cnaan – Law Centres Federation and Catherine Baski – Law Society Gazette
Ruth Hayes – Director, Islington Law Centre with David Dowling and Oliver Hyams of Pro Bono Community
Sasha Nicoletti and Yasmin Khan – Law Works
Stephen Llewellyn – Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Julia Pew – F.W Beringer Auditors; Ian Rathbone – HCLC Chair
HCLC client Stuart Nicoll and Anne Flaherty – Friend of HCLC
Victor McAllister – Chair of Hackney Caribbean Elderly Association
*Thanks so much again to everyone for coming!*