GLC are delighted to have four new staff who will be taking on exciting new roles at the law centre. GLC was awarded funding to start an new Women’s Rights’ Project and our Education Law Unit was delighted that increased funding has been secured from Scottish Government for our Let’s Talk ASN Scotland project.
Our new staff include Chloe Minto, solicitor and Lynda Nouar, trainee solicitor at our Education Law Unit, and Sophie Berry, Solicitor and Charis Brooks, Trainee Solicitor at our new Women’s Rights Project
Chloe is our new solicitor within the Education Law Unit. Chloe worked as a project manager within a local charity that used the arts to access marginalised groups. She then completed a postgraduate diploma in Human Rights and International Politics, before formally completing her legal training. Chloe previously worked in a busy civil litigation firm in Glasgow. Chloe is committed to ensuring that children’s rights are realised and implemented.
Lynda is a trainee solicitor also working in our Education Law Unit. Lynda worked as a Legal Assistant in a busy law firm in Glasgow specialising in Immigration and Asylum law. Alongside this, she volunteered with an education rights advice service. Lynda is passionate about improving access to justice and has a keen interest in children’s rights, human rights, and disability rights.
Charis is a trainee solicitor and will deal predominantly with housing/homelessness issues. Previously she worked at Bridgeton Citizens Advice and has experience dealing with a range of issues from consumer, debt, welfare rights, housing. She dealt mainly with welfare rights, and had experience at Renfrewshire Council giving welfare rights advice too at ‘Advice Works’. We are delighted to say that Charis was also an intern at Govan Law Centre & Govanhill Law Centre during her undergraduate LLB.
These new staff will be carrying out vital new roles offering tailored support to vulnerable women and their children who are threatened with homelessness and support to anyone with Additional Support Needs of school age to access their rights to a fulfilling and suitable education. We are particularly proud to offer young lawyers traineeships.
Lorna Walker, senior solicitor and GLC legal partner ‘We are really proud to be launching our women’s rights project, Govan Law Centre are acutely aware that often women’s experience of homelessness is different from men. Less women rough sleep but often sofa surf and can be exploited. We meet women who stay in inhabitable accommodation or abusive relationships to avoid sleeping rough or form unhealthy relationships for protection. Mothers are concerned for the wellbeing of their children, often have a fear of being placed in temporary accommodation and losing their support networks, or access to medical treatment and being close to their children’s school. This project aims to offer tailored support to vulnerable women. We aim to empower women and support them to know and exercise their rights so they have a home, which is also their safe haven. Everything starts with a healthy, safe home life and everyone deserves this.’
Candy Walker, legal service manager said: ‘Our Education Law Unit is delighted that increased funding has been secured from Scottish Government for our Let’s Talk ASN Scotland project. We have now welcomed Chloe Minto, Solicitor and Lynda Nouar, Trainee Solicitor to the team. The addition of a trainee solicitor is very positive as it attracts a young solicitor into this specialised legal field. This service provides support to anyone with Additional Support Needs of school age to access their rights to a fulfilling and suitable education.’