Every Monday evening Centre 70 opens its doors to people from our local community who have a legal issue they need help with.  Lawyers and para legals volunteer with us on a rota to staff these sessions, volunteering on average once a month.  In a typical week we'll help four or five people, including follow up support and correspondence until their case is resolved.

Hear from one of our beneficiaries accessing the service in May 2019 below:

"I came to the legal session this evening to find out about my legal standing regarding a service that I paid for and didn’t receive. I’ve been here previously about a credit card company and a mechanic. 

I found your details on the website when I was looking for somewhere close to home, but I came back because of the approachable staff: it’s quite daunting and can be stressful to come in and talk about legal issues, and it’s a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere with the staff.  And then getting the advice and speaking with the lawyer. 

The lawyer said what I’d done so far was good, but gave me a template to use to so that I could use legal language so it was taken seriously. They helped with my written correspondence with the relevant parties, helped me to put my point across in a concise and constructive manner, to use the right language, and not to waffle on! 

The matter is not over, but it’s been a weight off my shoulders as I’m not so stressed about it as someone has confirmed to me that what the parties have done is that they have 'frustrated the contract'. It’s nice to know that I was right all along, rather than being told in their legal speak to go away. Even when you know what the answer will be, it's nice to hear it from a legal background. 

You’re all so lovely and approachable. Normally I get nervous going in to these things, but it’s on par with sitting and putting the world to rights."

18:54, 09 Jun 2019 by Kate White