Dechert teams up with LawWorks to launch new housing advice clinic for homeless

A new legal advice clinic has been launched in South East London to assist homeless people who need housing advice.

The clinic will run at the 999 Club, a homelessness shelter in Deptford Bridge, on the first Tuesday of every month, with lawyers from US firm Dechert providing advice on housing law issues, tenancy agreements, tenancy deposit schemes, rent arrears, social housing, repairs and ending leases.

999 Club chief executive Peter Wood said: “The people who use our services find it difficult to have their voices heard. They lack confidence and knowledge about their rights and can easily be ignored by authority.  Their needs are dismissed and, as a result, they do not have opportunities to make changes in their lives. In making this significant commitment Dechert both bring practical expertise and also show our service users that they can speak and be heard.”

Dechert partner Eleni Skordaki added: “The law with regard to homelessness is good and extensive and, as lawyers, we can play a big role in ensuring that good law is complied with well.”

LawWorks says that its clinics have recorded a 64 per cent increase in the provision of housing law advice over the last year.

Previously…

5 Oct 15: US firms step in to support legal advice centre as demand for services rises 92%

20 May 15: LawWorks opens its 200th pro bono clinic

25 Mar 15: Law schools plan expansion of pro bono activities in anticipation of increased demand