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Clarity on sources of impartial legal advice for Grenfell

10 July 2017

Clarity on where people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire can access urgent legal advice was today offered by the Law Society of England and Wales - signposting North Kensington Law Centre's role providing free, impartial advice - in the wake of reports of unsolicited offers to Grenfell residents.

Law Society president Joe Egan said: "People bereaved, injured or made destitute by the fire in Grenfell Tower are likely to be forced to navigate a huge range of difficult and unfamiliar legal issues as a result of the tragedy. Early, impartial, reliable legal advice is hugely important at such times.

"We hope that by signposting trusted sources of legal advice and providing some clarity about what support residents can access, we may make this process just a little easier."

North Kensington Law Centre, which is adjacent to Grenfell Tower, continues to provide expert  legal advice to Grenfell residents in daily clinics, as it has done since immediately after the fire.

Joe Egan commented: "This local law centre, dedicated to serving some of the poorest and most disadvantaged in the area for nearly 50 years, works with volunteer lawyers to provide independent, impartial and free legal advice on housing, employment, immigration and asylum and welfare benefits.

"Lawyers who are offering free, expert legal advice through North Kensington Law Centre can help people decide how best to proceed with legal issues they may be facing – from inquests, wills and probate to benefits, housing, immigration or asylum matters. They can also advise on sources of further advice if that is needed."

The law centre is operating temporarily from alternative premises close to its original offices. Up-to-date information on clinics for clients from Grenfell can be found on its website.

 

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