Mind the Gap with Sue James: Access to Justice in the North West

  • 12/05/2022


Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC) invites you to join them at a public meeting to discuss how they can support individuals and communities across Greater Manchester and the North West to access legal advice. The event will take place on Thursday 19th May at 6pm at Thompsons Offices on Central Manchester.


Speakers invited:

  • Sue James, head of the Legal Action Group, on the current situation with access to justice
  • Greater Manchester Law Centre on free advice and representation in the North West
  • Afzal Khan MP, Manchester Gorton MP, Shadow Minister for Legal Aid
  • Speaker on Long Covid and the gap in legal rights


As the pandemic unwinds, people are faced with long-standing issues. Advice agencies are seeing issues of rent arrears and evictions, family breakdown, insecure employment, long-term health issues arising from long-covid and a justice system that is buckling under the pressure. This is without the impact of the rise in the cost of living, benefit cuts and the reduction in community support available as Covid response funds reduce.


People will need to ensure they can enforce their rights to protect their jobs, families, homes and incomes. Access to justice in the North West is haphazard a best and is dependent on over-stretched community advice agencies, a fractured pro-bono network and a broken legal aid system.


GMLC and Citizens Advice North Lancashire have supported over 6,000 individuals in the court system in the past year or so, and will present our findings on these cases and how we can work together to ensure free access of justice to all.


We are keen to support existing pro-bono networks to allow access to specialist advice to those most in need; but as importantly, to develop the evidence base to ensure longer-term policy change and support for legal aid and free advice services. We can build on the outreach, community support and remote working models developed and link this to face-to-face and community based advice to expand access to justice.


We are working with other community advice agencies and law Centres to ensure this – you can join in this work.


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