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Legal Advice in Lewisham?


We have been asked to circulate the following. Given the difficulty people face in accessing housing advice and representation in this area, we are very happy to do so.

This is for anyone who lives or works in the borough of Lewisham.

You will know that the Law Centre closed down some time ago. There is presently substantial unmet need for free legal services in the borough. I’m presently volunteering at a once a month informal advice clinic with some follow up work, mostly referrals to organisations who might be able to provide advice and assistance, especially in areas of law other than housing. My experience from this clinic clearly underlines the vast unmet need in the borough.

So I’d like to investigate the viability of establishing another Law Centre or other charitable legal advice and representation organisation. The starting point would be a steering group established to get things moving. This is a call for anyone interested to contact me with a view to establishing a steering committee.

If you’re interested, please email me on

Thanks for reading this and best wishes,

Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts.


  1. Chris L

    You not at Shelter anymore Nik?

  2. Sara Chandler

    Thanks Nik, and thanks Giles. it’s good to know that something is getting going again. I worked at North Lewisham Law Centre from 1982 to 1992 before it became Lewisham Law Centre. Good luck, and we can talk off-line about how I can help. Sara Chandler

  3. Dawn

    Hi Nik, There is a desperate need for legal advice provision in the borough. I’ve worked in Housing for a number of years, and have seen how the recent bedroom tax has had a devasting impact on families and the community as a whole. I have just completed the BPTC and have some spare capacity available to assist in providing legal advice.

    • Giles Peaker

      Hi Dawn. Can you email Nik directly, thanks.

  4. Maxyne Brown

    Hi there

    Just read your blog and wanted to offer up my services.

    I am a Housing solicitor with Duncan Lewis, New Cross Gate office.
    I have worked in the borough of Lewisham for many years, both in private practise (Morrison Spowart), and in the Housing & Litigation Team at the LB of Lewisham.
    Currently, I provide monthly pro-bono legal advice to an Outreach Service and have just joined the pro bono committee here at Duncan Lewis.

    Please do email me if I can be of service.


    • Gill Arukpe

      Did this idea formulate into a forum? If so how doe we in Penrose get involved?

  5. Rita

    Can anyone give me information on where a family member could go get some advice on her housing rent and council tax benefits it’s been suspended and she’s got bailiffs trying to recover costs she has tried to sort it out but they charge her full rent and she’s living in poverty with 7 children at home it’s Lewisham borough thank you

  6. Rhiannon

    Hello everyone,

    I am trying to gather information about the importance of law services in Lewisham, please can I have your contact details to get in touch?

    Giles, I will email Nik, but I would also want contact details from others.

    Please contact me


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