Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that they were awarded the LawWorks Best Contribution by a Firm with a London Head Office 2015 award at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards ceremony.
Duncan Lewis were awarded the prestigious LawWorks Best Contribution by a Firm with a London Head Office 2015 award at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards ceremony held at the office of Linklaters LLP on the 24th November 2015.
Emine Mehmet, Family Director and Head of the Duncan Lewis Pro Bono committee added on the award:
“The Duncan Lewis pro bono committee is very proud of this achievement which is testament to the hard work and commitment of the team and its volunteers to pro bono work. We have a continued commitment to providing pro bono advice, particularly in times of changing legal aid where it is the only access to legal advice that some clients will have. In some cases these are very vulnerable clients who, without our assistance, would have no recourse to legal advice. We thank LawWorks for the recognition of this and will keep up the hard work!”
The award highlights the commitment on behalf of Duncan Lewis Solicitors continuing commitment to Pro Bono work, in London and across the UK. One of the ways that this is exhibited is regular Pro Bono clinics. Duncan Lewis Solicitors hold a weekly Pro Bono from their Dalston, East London. The Duncan Lewis Pro Bono Clinic, which is held in the evening between 17:30-19:30, provides attendees with free legal advice covering legal areas including Housing, Immigration, Employment, Welfare Benefits, Child Care/Family and Civil Litigation. Advice is delivered by specialist legal advisors who volunteer time to help vulnerable people access legal advice they otherwise could not access.
The Clinic is driven by the belief that legal redress should be less complex and more accessible. In a broader context it is the continued hope that individuals without the means to do so are not unjustly fettered from fairly resolving their legal issues as without the same, there cannot be said to be access to justice. With this shared commitment to those directly within the community around us, our clinic can only continue to go from strength to strength.
In addition to the work conducted in-house and in support of the development of the wider community, specifically young students in the East London borough, the firm has forged a partnership with the University of East London (‘UEL’); assisting with the students’ own Pro Bono clinic and deliver advice alongside the students on the University Campus premises.
Duncan Lewis’ Pro Bono Clinic has gone on to fund a yearly prize to three University of East London students to obtain hands on legal experience at the firm. Each student is assigned to a senior solicitor in a given department for a 2 week legal placement. The Pro Bono Clinic furthermore works closely with and provides our trained advisors to the Brixton Domestic Violence Clinic, Hestia Advice surgery, Young Turks Club advice surgery, Turkish Cypriot Women’s Project advice surgery, Shelter Hackney drop in and advice surgery. These clinics provide vital advice and assistance to marginalised minorities across London, such as victims of domestic violence, who would otherwise have no access to legal advice. Duncan Lewis is recognized a national participant in the Law Works Legal Clinics.
Duncan Lewis also support numerous other Pro Bono activities: ‘Rights for Women’ Charity where Duncan Lewis Women Solicitors provide telephone advice for women; Fortnightly Social Welfare & Family Law legal clinic at the offices of ‘Turkish Cypriot Women’s Association’ (TCWA) in Haringey where Turkish Speaking Women Lawyers provide advice to the Women’s Organisation; ‘Lewisham Reach’ supported by Lawyers from Duncan Lewis Lewisham office in which the outreach service looks to target help for 21 – 55 year olds living in the Borough; Duncan Lewis Dalston lawyers support the University of East London Legal Clinic; numerous other CAB’s & legal clinics supported by Duncan Lewis lawyers and Pro Bono Committee members.