We are delighted to announce that ‘Dalston Pop-Up’, our dedicated evening debt and consumer law advice service, in partnership with BPP Law School; Debevoise and Plimpton LLP; Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Law Works; and the London Borough of Hackney Libraries Service, has won a 2013 inaugural Halsbury Legal Award!!!!
The Halsbury Legal Awards celebrate excellence in the law and great contribution to the legal sector. Dalston Pop-Up was shortlisted in the ‘Pro Bono Team of the Year‘ category alongside Hogan Lovells Pro Bono Team, Kent Law Clinic and Northumbria University School of Law. Northumbia Law School and HCLC were joint winners.
Dalston Pop-Up was launched in October 2012 to provide assistance to people requiring help with consumer and debt problems. The high quality free legal service provides assistance to people requiring help with consumer and debt problems. All Tuesday evening appointments take place in Dalston CLR James Library.
Miranda Grell, HCLC’s Development Officer (pictured above second from right), collected the award on behalf of the Dalston Pop-Up team.
Representing the ‘Dalston Pop-Up’ partnership on the night were Rebecca Greenhalgh (Pro Bono Manager of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP – pictured above third from right); Laura Rowland (Supervising Solicitor, Pro Bono Centre , BPP Law School – pictured above second from right); Stephen Llewellyn (Counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP – pictured above right, end of photo); and Peter Crisp (Dean of BPP Law School, above pictured in front of Miranda and Rebecca). Also pictured in the photo are actor and comedian Hugh Dennis (who acted as compère for the evening, pictured first from left) and Lord Andrew Phillips (pictured second from left).
We were also absolutely chuffed that our good friends from The Justice Gap won the ‘Legal Journalism’ award. HCLC had written a supporting statement for the Justice Gap’s Halsbury entry. Mary Rachel McCabe (pictured above left) is a former HCLC intern who now sits on the HCLC Board of Directors. Jon Robins (pictured above centre) is a superb HCLC patron who is spearheading our joint ‘Mind the Justice Gap‘ Project and Kim Evans (pictured above right) used to work in Dalston.
Commenting on Dalston Pop-Up ‘s victory at the Halsbury Legal Wards, HCLC Chair Ian Rathbone said:
“Without our great friends at BPP Law School, Debevoise & Plimpton, and Faegre Baker Daniels, we could not have set up our innovative Dalston Pop-Up service. They have brought their professionalism, authority and wide knowledge to boost a much needed service in one of the poorest areas in the UK. We are pleased too that lawyers from other parts of the legal world are prepared to come and find out what it’s like at this end of human affairs, and to be supportive of the work we do under difficult circumstances. The service is already oversubscribed, such is its success. It has encouraged and inspired us to look further and see in what ways we build up our relationship together and provide more help to the poorest in our community”.
Ian also wished to thank Rebecca Greenhalgh in particular for her contribution saying:
“Rebecca has been a wonderful help to us at Hackney Community Law Centre in establshing our innovative pop up law shop at Dalston Library. We know we can rely on her to find people who can fit in with our service requirements and maintain a high standard of advice and legal help for people in one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. In short, we couldn’t do it without her”.
HCLC Development Officer Miranda Grell added:
“On behalf of HCLC, I want to say a huge thank you to tutors Jessica Austen, Laura Rowland and Diana Kirsch at BPP Law School; Rebecca Greenhalgh from Debevoise and Plimpton LLP; Stephen Llewellyn from Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Law Works; and Adrian Morris, Earl Bailey, Anthony Kane, Michelle Gardner and Dharminder Singh from the London Borough of Hackney Libraries Service.
And an even more special thank you to all of the lawyers and student volunteers who come down to Dalston Pop-Up week-in, week-out to help Hackney residents in need:
Laurence Hanesworth – BPP Dalston Pop-Up student Director; Gavin Chesney – Debevoise; Rustam Sethna – BPP; Whitney May – Debevoise; Mike Howe – Debevoise; Karen Antwi – BPP; Charlotte Carrington – BPP; Sarah Mclennan – Faegre Baker Daniels; Vikas Mehta – BPP; Theodore Cardos – Debevoise; Luke Baker – Debevoise; Lizzie Ho – BPP; Russell King – Debevoise; Rebecca Pinder – BPP; Gwyn Hopkins-BPP; Francesca Briscoe-Wilson – BPP; and Colin Fulton- Debevoise.
THANK YOU FROM EVERYONE AT HACKNEY COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE!!!!!”