Glasgow community legal services

Our legal services for the south of the city are provided from our main Orkney Street offices, and for the north east from our Govanhill office.  The level of demand is ever increasing and the agreed targets are exceeded every quarter. The work is varied requiring a high standard of legal knowledge in a variety of fields. 

KEY FACTS 

This service is central to the law centre. The work is funded by Glasgow City Council and represents almost one quarter of the law centre’s income.

Last year almost 2000 new cases were opened, over 1300 new clients were assisted with legal work, almost 1000 cases involved tribunal or sheriff court representation, and we carried out over 140 home visits.

600 clients were prevented from homelessness, we dealt with £6m of housing debt, we won almost £500,000 of financial gains for our clients, and we improved living conditions for 430 clients

The Services

The majority of work is carried out face to face in our offices or by home visits. Legal representation is provided at various Tribunals, Glasgow Sheriff Court and the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Govan Law Centre’s (GLC) Annual Monitoring Report to Glasgow City Council has revealed a significant increase in legal casework, and significant gains secured for clients across Glasgow’s south and north east communities.

GLC believes we provide much greater added value when the quality and specialist nature of legal work is considered, together with the law centre’s social policy, best practice, law reform, public interest litigation and test case work.

The service is provided by principal solicitor, service manager, three solicitors, trainee solicitors, legal clerical officer and law student volunteers.