HCLC works towards the relief of poverty, discrimination and injustice by providing free and independent legal social welfare law advice and representation to low-income people.
We specialise in debt, employment, housing, asylum, nationality and immigration and welfare benefits law.
We undertake casework for complex legal cases which often end up in the tribunal or court. We represent clients in the county court and at the tribunal. As lawyers with rights of audience, we are able to represent clients in the higher courts such as the Upper Tribunals, High Court, Court of Appeal and UK Supreme Court.
Social Policy – Legal Action in the Community
Alongside our casework for individuals we also see social policy as an essential part of our work. Social policy work involves highlighting general legal problems and issues that the community has raised with us. Often there is no strict legal solution and it may be that it is the law or policy that needs changing. The majority of our clients are disproportionately unemployed or in low paid work, elderly, disabled or suffer from long term health problems. A high percentage are from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds or are asylum seekers or refugees. Nearly all live in poor housing conditions.