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Impartial, free legal advice for Grenfell residents highlighted by Law Society

26 July 2017

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

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 complex and unfamiliar legal issues as a result of this tragedy.

"Early, impartial, reliable legal advice is hugely important at such times, and the Law Society recommends North Kensington Law Centre as a trusted, independent provider of expert legal advice."

North Kensington Law Centre - adjacent to Grenfell Tower - provides free, expert legal advice to Grenfell residents. Volunteer lawyers 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 direct people to trusted sources of further advice if that is needed.

Joe Egan then clarified: "There are strict rules governing how all legal professionals work. Under no circumstances would a legitimate solicitor make unsolicited approaches in person or by telephone. If anyone has concerns about the behaviour of a solicitor they should immediately report them to the regulator.

"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, 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.

Up-to-date information on clinics for clients from Grenfell can be found on the North Kensington Law Centre's website.

 

Notes to editors

Reporting a solicitor to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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