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Hackney Community Law Centre

Hackney Community Law Centre,
8 Lower Clapton Road,
E5 0PD
Telephone: Main Telephone Number: 020 8985 5236 – 10am - 5pm (Monday to Friday)
Telephone Advice Line: 020 8985 8364 – 10am - 1pm (Mondays and Wednesdays only)
Immigration & Asylum Telephone Advice Line: 020 8985 8364 – 11am - 1pm (Fridays only)


Who we are:

Hackney Community Law Centre is a charity employing solicitors and paralegals to provide FREE and independent legal advice and representation to people living, working or studying in the London Borough of Hackney and neighbouring boroughs.

You can be confident that the quality controls at Hackney Community Law Centre ensure that the legal work and representation on offer is in the best interests of our clients and that the quality of advice given is of a high standard. 

What we do:

We offer free specialist legal advice in the following areas:

  • housing
  • immigration & asylum
  • debt & money advice
  • welfare benefits
  • employment
  • discrimination
  • community care

Hackney Community Law Centre - Pop-Up Advice Shop Dalston...

Two separate services are available. 

1. Form filling clinic…

The Dalston Pop-Up Advice Shop form filling clinic provides free assistance to help Hackney residence complete:  

  • Personal Independence Payment Forms
  • Disability Living Allowance Forms
  • Employment Support Allowance Forms

How it works…

Phone: 020 7633 4531 and leave a message with your name and contact details and state which form the query is about.

A law student will call you back during office hours.

An appointment may be made with volunteer students from the participating Law Schools. These are usually on Tuesdays at are held at Dalston CLR James Library.

The students will help you to fill out the benefit form during your appointment.

Please bring any paperwork that you think would be helpful. 

Support will focus on form filling not legal advice

2. Free legal advice

The Pop-Up Advice Shop also offers free legal advice to help Hackney residents with consumer and debt issues.

This may be suitable for you:

  • if you owe money
  • you have been contacted asking for the return of the money/payment of a debt owed

How does the legal advice pop up advice clinic work?

Please call this number: 020 7633 4531 and leave a message with your name and contact details

A law student will call you back during office hours.

If your case is suitable, an appointment will be made with a volunteer lawyer on a Tuesday evening between 6pm and 8pm at Dalston CLR James Library.

The lawyer will provide you with a letter of advice and discuss it with you at the appointment.

Offering FREE advice at the pop up is made possible thanks to volunteer lawyers from Debevoise and Plimpton LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, students from BPP Law School and staff from the London Borough of Hackney Libraries Service.

Record Last Updated on: 12/10/2018

Time / Date Details

Time of day

  • Morning
  • Afternoon

Session Information

Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm (closed for lunch between 1pm - 2pm)

Other Details



What to do if you have a complaint

If there’s something you like or are not happy with, then talk about it with the worker or the manager so they can look at how they deliver their service. If you are still not happy, ask if they have a complaints procedure.

The Supervising Solicitor is regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority, and Hackney Community Law Centre is a member of the Law Centres Federation.

Can parents & young people buy this service as part of their SEND personal budget?


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This is a free service

How to Get Here

Buses: 38, 48, 55, 106, 242, 253, 254, 394

Train: Hackney Central

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Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the London Borough of Hackney or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hackney Local Offer.

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