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Law firm supports women’s free legal advice sessions

Published: 19 Oct 2015


International law firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP has awarded financial support to Toynbee Hall’s Free Legal Advice Centre as part of a new pro bono partnership with Toynbee Hall.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has awarded the Free Legal Advice Centre with £15,000 of essential funding to re-instate an additional women’s only Saturday advice session.

The Saturday women’s only session which previously ran once a month, provides a safe environment to discuss legal issues affecting women and their families such as domestic violence and family issues. With this vital funding, we can extend the Saturday advice session to twice a month and help more women in a time of crisis.

The Free Legal Advice Centre costs £65,000 per year, but currently runs at a deficit. Despite seeing an increase in demand for free legal advice in recent years, the centre was forced to close one evening service in 2014 due to a lack of funding. The Saturday women’s only session was also reduced to once a month.

The Free Legal Advice Centre is Toynbee Hall’s flagship service and the longest running service of its kind in the world. The Poor Man’s Lawyer, as it was originally named, was established in 1898 and helps thousands of people every year. In 2014, 2,126 came to the Free Legal Advice Centre for help.

We are excited to be setting up this partnership with Toynbee Hall in order to expand its current provision of women-only free legal advice sessions.  We were introduced to Toynbee Hall via an associate at the firm and quickly became aware of some of its excellent work in the East End of London, which includes providing access to free legal advice and support.”
Byron Spring, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP Associate

We are delighted to establish this partnership with Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP. This exciting new partnership will increase our capacity to help address the growing gap in access to legal advice and expand our women only legal advice service.”
Graham Fisher, Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall