An independent charity established in 1978, North East Law Centre provides both free and affordable legal advice to people across the North East. We fight for justice on behalf of those who need it, without prejudice.
Our free legal services are made possible through funding grants from charitable trusts, foundations and local authorities (Newcastle City Council and Sunderland City Council) and are for those who are not eligible for Legal Aid and can’t afford any form of paid for legal representation.
Many people require legal support and advice but don’t qualify for our free services. By the same token, they cannot afford to pay a private law firm to represent them either, which is why we offer paid for services too, at a cost-effective rate.
We develop services that are targeted at groups within the community who have the greatest need including:
- the unemployed and low paid
- people with disabilities
- BAME communities (black, Asian and Minority Ethnic)
- women and children
North East Law Centre is different from other law organisations because we provide legal representation and individual casework aimed at the early and timely resolution of problems which may otherwise escalate to more resource intensive parts of the justice system.
As we are completely independent, our only priority is our clients and providing the service they need to overcome the often-complex situations they find themselves in.
We run weekly pro bono clinics for initial advice and assistance. Please call us for more information on when these clinics run.
Where we are unable to provide free services, we have developed affordable services so that people in North East England can access excellent quality legal advice for as low cost as possible.
Our 2017 annual report can be viewed online here
Our 2016 annual report can be viewed online here