South West London Law Centres has been shortlisted for this year’s Law Society Awards in the Excellence in Access to Justice category.
SWLLC provides legal advice, often free of charge, from offices in Davis House in Croydon town centre, as well as in Merton and Kingston.
Pro bono lawyers and volunteers work alongside caseworkers, solicitors and a support team to help around 8,000 people each year from across south-west London and parts of Surrey.
The Law Society’s Access to Justice award recognises the firms and organisations of legal aid providers who go the extra mile to ensure that people have fair and equal access to justice and that those most at risk are not excluded from the legal system.
“Access to justice is a fundamental right but the cuts to legal aid in recent years have made it more and more challenging for people to get the justice they need,” said Patrick Marples, the CEO of South West London Law Centres.
“Our team is committed to ensuring that not only do we stand alongside people in their fight for social justice but that members of our community can better understand and defend their rights.”
SWLLC’s shortlisting follows the organisation being recognised earlier this year by being shortlisted for the Money Advice Awards and the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.
The winners of the Law Society Awards will be announced on October 7.
- Independent websites like Inside Croydon depend on regular subscriptions from our readers to enable us to continue to deliver exclusive, headline-making journalism – the sort of scrutiny that Croydon Council would prefer did not exist. Please sign up today as a subscriber. Click here
- If you have a news story about life in or around Croydon, or want to publicise your residents’ association or business, or if you have a local event to promote, please email us with full details at email@example.com
- Inside Croydon is a member of the Independent Community News Network
- Inside Croydon works together with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, as well as BBC London News and ITV London
- ROTTEN BOROUGH AWARDS: Croydon was named the country’s rottenest borough in 2020 in the annual round-up of civic cock-ups in Private Eye magazine – the fourth successive year that Inside Croydon has been the source for such award-winning nominations
- Inside Croydon: 3million page views in 2020. Seen by 1.4million unique visitors