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500 local people helped by our employment advice service in 3 years

6 August 2019


Thanks to generous funding from Trust for London, we’ve provided specialist employment advice, casework and representation to 500 local people since 2016 who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford legal help.  


These include a bus driver who was losing more than £550 a month after tax, following a change to his shifts. He followed our advice and as a result his shifts were rearranged. Although he continued to earn less, his income loss was reduced to just £50 a month.




We respond to the closure of Lambeth Law Centre

17 July 2019


We’re really sad that Lambeth Law Centre has closed, and that despite making it through thick and thin over the years it couldn’t survive the current tough financial environment for law centres.


We’re particularly sad for all the staff, trustees and volunteers who worked so hard to keep Lambeth Law Centre open, and for the people of Lambeth who’ve lost another vital service. 



SWLLC wins Bronze for Volunteer Organisation of the year 2019. Our collaborators Broadway Solicitors won Bronze for the Outstanding Contribution Award 2019 at the Merton Partnership Award 2019 

Post by SWLLC, June 13, 2019


SWLLC won (again!) at the 7th annual Merton Partnership Award Ceremony held on 6th of June 2019 at the Hub, in Morden. Our volunteers often go unseen, but if you look at little closer you will find them giving their time across the organisation in a variety of ways.


We pay tribute to those who do so much to assist the community in Merton and across the South West of London. This award is for you!






SWLLC wins Team London Awards 2018

Post by SWLLC, November 1, 2018


Many congratulations to team SWLLC in winning the “Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering Award” in the Fairness and Equality category award for our pro bono clinics and volunteering programme at the Mayor of London Team London Awards 2018 on Monday 15 October 2018. We were recognised as an innovative project.  






Legal charity raises concerns for justice as local court is slated for closure

Post by SWLLC, 24 July 2018


Local legal charity South West London Law Centres (SWLLC) is warning that the closure of Wandsworth County Court, announced today, will adversely affect the ability of local people to ‘have their day in court’ and get justice.






SWLLC volunteers win Outstanding Contribution awards and Employee Volunteering of the Year at the Merton Partnership Volunteer Awards


Post by SWLLC, July 06, 2018.


Volunteer solicitors from the South West London Law Centre's Merton Legal Advice Clinic were handed the Volunteer Team Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award by the Mayor of Merton, Councilor Mary Curtin, at the Merton Partnership Volunteer Awards Celebration held on June 20th, 2018. 





Join our Universal Credit Campaign

Post by SWLLC, April 6 2018



For some people the change to Universal Credit works smoothly, but for others it leads to an increase in debt, rent arrears and a risk of homelessness. On a daily basis the Law Centre deals with clients who have been affected by the changes to Universal Credit..




SWLLC wins Mayor of Croydon Civic Award 2017

Post by SWLLC, October 19, 2017.


Congratulations to SWLLC volunteer solicitors who have been recognised for their hard work, commitment and passion in helping thousand of people in the community who, without the free legal advice they provide, wouldn't have nowhere to turn to.




Interview with Sam and Nikhita: Volunteering at SWLLC

Post by SWLLC, July 3, 2017.


We rely on a team of dedicated volunteers who support the team and allow us to help more people every year. We spoke with two of them about their experience at the Law Centre.






SWLLC volunteer Emma McVey wins outstanding contribution award in Merton

Post by SWLLC, June 19, 2017.



At the 2017 Merton Partnership Volunteer Awards Emma McVey, volunteer at our Merton office, was recognised with an outstanding contribution award. Congratulations to Emma!





Why I Do Pro Bono: Isabelle Westbury

Post by SWLLC, June 12, 2017.



"At the Law Centre I take on my own clients and interact with them directly, and can often see the immediate results of my advice"  






Theatre for change: Food Bank As It Is

Post by SWLLC, June 2, 2017.



Our team have been speaking to audiences of Food Bank As It Is about need for advice in addressing poverty  READ MORE







Thank you to RAL Display for our new Banner

Post by SWLLC, May 30, 2017.



Thanks to RAL Display we now have a pop up banner for community events  READ MORE







Sponsor Our Efforts in the London Legal Walk 2017

Post by SWLLC, May 23, 2017.



On Monday 22nd May we walked 10K in the London Legal Walk  READ MORE





Immigration Team Win Legal Aid Team of the Year

Post by SWLLC, May 18, 2017.



We are thrilled to say that at the Solicitors Journal Awards 2017 our immigration team won Legal Aid Team of the Year!  READ MORE




Andrew ran 26.2 miles for SWLLC

Post by SWLLC, April 11, 2017.



On Sunday 9th April Andrew Martin from the SWLLC debt team ran the Paris Marathon in the summer like heat coming in at a time of 4 hours 19 minutes and 27 seconds, an amazing achievement!  READ MORE






Our Time as SWLLC Trustees

Post by SWLLC, April 5, 2017.

We spoke with Florence Brocklesby and Davendra Singh, who have years of experience as Trustees, to know more about why they became involved with the Law Centre  READ MORE




SWLLC Becomes a Collection Point for Purley Food Hub

Post by SWLLC, March 21, 2017.


You can now donate to Purley Food Hub by a collection point at  SWLLC’s Croydon office. The Food Hub was set up by Purley & Kenley Churches Together and has provided nearly 80,000 meals since opening in 2013.  






Immigration Team shortlisted for Legal Aid Team of the Year

Post by SWLLC, March 16, 2017.

We are very proud that the Immigration Team have been shortlisted fort Legal Aid Team of the Year at the Solicitor Journal Awards 2017.  READ MORE




SWLLC is featured in the Law Society Gazette

Post by SWLLC, March 10, 2017.


This week’s Law Society Gazette includes a piece on our fundraising event, Jokes For Justice. A huge thank you to all of our fantastic performers, the local businesses who donated to the raffle, The Bedford Pub for hosting us and all who attended the event! If you would like to see more pictures from the event, please see the album on our Facebook Page.  READ MORE



Andrew Martin is running the Paris Marathon raising funds for SWLLC

Post by SWLLC, March 9, 2017.

On Sunday 9th April Andrew Martin from the debt team is running The Paris Marathon to raise funds for South West London Law Centres. Andrew knows first-hand the difference that the support of SWLLC makes to the lives of his clients and, if you are able to sponsor him, your donation will be used to continue our work providing access to justice across South West London. Please visit Andrew's sponsorship page on BT MyDonate  READ MORE



One Night Only! Charity Comedy Night "Jokes For Justice" 23rd Feb '17

Post by SWLLC, Dec 21, 2016.

On Thursday 23rd February South West London Law Centres is holding a comedy night at The Bedford Pub in Balham. All ticket proceeds will go towards continuing to provide access to justice to the community across SW London. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE or READ MORE



Today is #LocalCharitiesDay - 1000 x £5 donations will be doubled!

Post by SWLLC, Dec 16, 2016.

Thank you for all of your support throughout 2016, helping us to assist 8,858 people. In the new year, your donations could make a huge difference to the work that we are able to do and help us reach even more. 


For one day only the Office for Civil Society is co-funding a match funding campaign where 1,000 £5 donations will be doubled.




Mayor of Croydon & Deputy Mayor help SWLLC celebrate 16 years

Post by SWLLC, Nov 23, 2016.

The Mayor of Croydon Cllr Wayne Trakas-Lawlor and Deputy Mayor Cllr Toni Letts OBE joined fellow local organisations in helping us celebrate being in Croydon for 16 years. Thanks to food and a cake donated by local supermarkets it was a great opportunity for local fellow organisations to see the Law Centre and hear about our work.



Why I do Pro Bono - Emma Danforth

Post by SWLLC, Nov 29, 2016.


South West London Law Centres coordinate the single largest pro bono advice clinic service in the UK, running up to sixteen free advice clinics across South West London each week. Last year the clinics provided free advice to 4477 people. One of our volunteers, Emma Danforth, Senior Associate at Allen & Overy, tells us about her pro bono work. 




SWLLC Immigration Team Win Award

Post by SWLLC, Nov 20, 2016.

Pradeep, Jamie, Rajitha and Mark are dedicated to supporting their clients, who are often extremely vulnerable, and the Law Centre is very proud of their achievements.




Why SWLLC is Supporting Financial Capability Week

Post by SWLLC, Nov 20, 2016.