Our story: helping people access justice

Avon & Bristol Law Centre is a charity providing free information and legal advice on specialist areas of social welfare law, and also represents clients in court. We help over 3,000 people a year access the justice system thanks to our funders, sponsors and committed staff and volunteers. 

We also offer legal education and training, and work on our own and with partners to push for changes to public policy that promote equality and justice.

 

We are proud to hold the Lexcel Practice Management quality mark – industry standard accreditation for both commercial law firms and law centres. It means our services are professional and confidential. It means that clients are always in control of their case, and they will be able to complain in a simple, clear way if our service falls short.

Read our impact page for more information about how we help our clients.

Our vision is a society where everyone has access to justice

Our mission

Improving the lives of disadvantaged people in Bristol and across the South West through providing access to justice

Our objectives

Securing justice through legal advice and representation

Influencing public policy

Empowering local communities to better exercise their rights

Your stories

People think they’ll never need free legal advice. Until then they do. Here’s how we help people just like you.

Past, present, partners

We formed in the 1970s, starting as a co-operative of solicitors, and later becoming part of the Law Centres Network.

We are a registered charity, historically funded by Local Authorities, Legal Aid and EHRC. Recently we have secured new funding sources to sustain and develop our services. We also work with an ever increasing number of skilled volunteers a year.

Working in partnership is fundamental to achieving our impact – we are members of ACFA,  Bristol’s Hate Crime and Discrimination Service, a lead partner in Bristol’s Advice Network and the Bristol Pro Bono Network.

Projects such as AskUs are delivered in partnership with agencies offering complementary skills and expertise.

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Impact

Find out how we benefit communities, and read some of our client stories.

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Publications

Download our current information leaflets and annual reporting documents.

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People

Find out about the people who organise, work and volunteer at the Law Centre.

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