Useful Links

Useful information and advice can be found on the following sites:


Albert Kennedy Trust

Supports young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment.




Non-profit website that publishes information on a whole range of legal rights.



Advisory, Conciliation & Arbitration Service

Acas is a government organisation that provides independent general advice on employment rights.




Website with Employment Factsheets published by Citizens Advice.



Advocates for International Development

Lawyers eradicating poverty.



Asylum Seekers Support Project

ASAP provides legal advice and representation to asylum seekers without financial support or accommodation. 



Bar Pro Bono Unit

The Bar Pro Bono Unit is a charity which helps people to find pro bono (free) legal assistance from volunteer barristers.



Bail for Immigration Detainees

BID is a charity that exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK.  BID works with asylum seekers and migrants in removal centres and prisons to secure their release from detention.



British and Irish Legal Information Institute

The BAILII website gives free access to UK statute and case law and other legal information.



Campbell-Taylor solicitors

Law firm based in Hackney specialising in capacity, community care and mental health law.



Child Poverty Action Group

The leading charity campaigning for a better deal for low-income families and children. Primarily for advisers in this field but has some useful information e.g. on tax credits and benefits.



Citizens Advice

Find your local Citizens Advice Bureau.



Choice in Hackney

CHOICE IN HACKNEY is a voluntary organisation, which provides Advocacy and Independent Living Services to disabled people in London.



Community Legal Service Direct

Search the directory to find solicitors and other organisations that specialise in particular categories of law.



Consumer Affairs

A not-for-profit business set up to empower consumers through education in the areas of credit, loans, insurance, debt and personal finance.



Counselling Directory

A counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs.  The Counselling Directory is a free and confidential service.



Cultural, ethnic and language community groups

Links to a variety of groups in on this website



De Beauvoir Councillors

Local councillors representing Hackney’s De Beauvoir ward.



Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform

Website of the government’s DBERR, with detailed guidance on employment law issues.



Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Government website for information on all aspects of benefits and credits, national insurance and pensions.



Diane Abbott MP

Member of Parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington.




Information and support fotr Hackney renters in the private sector




Government website with information about employment rights.



Disability Law Service

Provides high quality specialist legal advice to disabled people, their families and carers.



Eastend Citizens Advice

This includes information about the CAB offices in Hackney.




Website that publishes some free employment law information.



Employment Appeals Tribunal

Court that deals with appeals against decisions of the Employment Tribunal.



Employment Lawyers Association

Search for lawyers who specialise in employment law.



Employment Tribunals

Information about Employment Tribunals.



Equality and Human Rights Commission

Government body provides information and advice on discrimination on grounds of sex, race, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation and age, as well as on human rights issues.



Every Child in Need campaign

The campaign to protect society’s most vulnerable children from changes proposed by the Department for Education.body provides information and advice on discrimination on grounds of sex, race, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation and age, as well as on human rights issues.



Free Representation Unit

Charity that provides free Tribunal representation in certain types of cases.



Frontline Hackney

A third sector lawyer writes about what makes him mad, sad, and happy to be human.



Hackney Alliance to Defend Public Services

The main anti-cuts alliance in Hackney, campaigning against cuts in services, and job losses in the borough.



Hackney Borough of Sanctuary

Celebrates the contribution of the many people who have come to Hackney for safety and are part of the community.



Hackney Citizen

Hackney’s free independent newspaper.



Hackney Council

The website of the London Borough of Hackney.



Hackney Gazette

Hackney’s main newspaper.



Hackney Unites

A diverse coalition of Hackney based groups and individuals that have come together to challenge social exclusion and promote social justice.


Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Campaigning lawyers group.



Hackney CVS

Supporting voluntary and community organisations in Hackney.



Hackney Playbus

Hackney Playbus is a mobile play project for young children. We run out service from a brightly painted double decker bus, fully converted for early years play.



Health and Safety Executive

The HSE website contains useful information about workers’ rights



Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

The HMRC website contains useful information about the national minimum wage and other tax and employment issues.



Housing Law Practitioners Association

Organising solicitors and barristers who specialise in housing law



Immigration Law Practitioners Association

Organising solicitors and barristers who specialise in immigration law



Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

JCWI is an independent national voluntary organisation which provides free advice on immigration, refugee or nationality issues.



Justice Alliance

The Justice Alliance is an alliance of legal organisations, charities, community groups, grass roots and other campaigning groups, trade unions and individuals united in opposition to the government’s proposed attack on legal aid and the criminal justice system.




Works with migrant domestic workers in the UK




Lasa is a social welfare law and tech charity. it supports organisations in their use of technology and the delivery of social welfare law advice in disadvantaged communities.



Law Centres Network

The LCN is the umbrella body for Law Centres. You can search for a Law Centre by geographical location on its website.



Law Society

Search for a solicitor using the Law Society’s directory.



Legal Action Group

The webpage for the campaigning organisation LAG



Legal Services Commission

The website for the LSC (formerly the Legal Aid Board)




Campaigning charity that provides advice on human rights and civil liberties issues.



Meg Hillier MP

Member of Parliament for Hackney South and Shoreditch.



Mind (City and Hackney)

Supporting the one in four people who will experience a mental health difficulty at least once in their lifetime.



Ministry of Justice

Search for Acts of Parliament on this website.



Money Advice Service

Free & impartial money advice, set up by government.




National Pro Bono Centre

Houses the national clearing houses for legal pro bono work delivered in England and Wales.



Newham Monitoring Project

Helping communities fight racism, discrimination and injustice since 1980.



Off Centre

A counselling, therapy, advocacy, advice and information service for young people aged between 11 and 25 who live, work or study in Hackney.



Office of Public Sector Information

Search for this government website for UK statutes and statutory instruments




PACE is the LGBT+ mental health charity promoting the emotional well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community.




Pilotlight helps local charities and social enterprises to tackle social disadvantage in the UK.



Public Concern at Work

Charity providing advice and support to whistleblowers.



Santé Refugee Project

A charity to empower refugees and asylum seekers in the London region, particularly those with mental health issues, to gain equal access to health and other essential services.



Social Spider

Social Enterprise and publisher of ‘One in Four’ magazine, the lifestyle, health and mental well being magazine for people with mental health difficulties.




For housing advice and help with homelessness.



Team Hackney

Team Hackney is Hackney’s local strategic partnership bringing together the key people in the public, private, community and voluntary sectors.





The Social Media Agency that designed this website for Hackney Community Law Centre, free of charge, as a donation.




Thomas Bingham Chambers

Barristers providing direct access services for clients and mentoring services for HCLC caseworkers and solicitors.




Trades Union Congress

The UK’s national trade union centre.




Traymans LLP

Local Hackney solicitors’ firm with an expertise in family law issues and other areas.