• BCLC - The leading advice provider in Brent

    Brent Community Law Centre (BCLC) is one of the oldest law centres in England, with a history in the community support for the borough and its residents.  BCLC was established in 1972 with a mission to make a positive impact to people’s lives – particularly the most vulnerable and socially excluded by providing quality legal support services in the areas of community care, employment, housing, immigration, welfare benefits and debt.

    COMMUNITY CARE

    We work with clients to access services from NHS and local councils to improve their quality of life

    EMPLOYMENT 

    We do value the opinion of our clients and put the collaborative spirit first when starting to work from scratch.

    HOUSING

    Our advice and representation services cover all types of social and rented housing. 

    IMMIGRATION

    Our team of immigration experts can help people untangle the legal webs around citizenship and right to work.  

    DEBT

    We have specialist teams that provide quality money management advice to help alleviate our clients from debt burdens.  

    OUR PARTNERSHIPS

    BCLC is a founding member of the Brent Advice Partnership, which oversees advice provision in Brent and the Brent Advice Matters website.

     

    BCLC is a member if the Brent Advice Network, which is made up of other local advice agencies that operate in Brent.

    WHO WE ARE?
    PROVIDERS OF QUALITY LEGAL SUPPORT SERVICES 

    BCLC was established in 1972 with a mission to make a positive impact to people’s lives – particularly the most vulnerable and socially excluded by providing quality legal support services in the six areas of Social Welfare Law, including community care, employment, housing, immigration, welfare benefits and debt. We are located in the heart of Willesden, Brent and can be reached via:

     

    • Local Parking
      • There are pay and display parking options on local side roads.

     

    • Public Transport
      • The nearest tube is Dollis Hill (Jubilee) and take the Chapter Road exit, followed by a 6-8 min walk to BCLC.
      • You can use buses that serve Willesden bus garage, followed by a 2-3 min walk to BCLC.

     

     

    BCLC is a registered charity (Charity No. 1146239) and company limited by guarantee (Company No. 01294090)

    OUR AWARDS

    BCLC currently holds the Lexcel quality standard, which is the Law Society's legal practice quality mark for practice management and client care.  

     

    Our Lexcel quality standard gives clients assurance of our quality service provision.

    OUR SERVICES

    BCLC is the only community legal advice provide in the borough of Brent that offers free specialist legal advice in six areas of Social Welfare Law.  We have a team of case workers, solicitors and specialists that offer allow BCLC to offer a full service for different case levels, ranging from simple interventions such as letters to more complex support such as court representations.  To access our free and subsidised services, you must be a resident of Brent (with the exception of Immigration).

     

    All referral appointments are usually held during our office opening hours between 9:30am – 5:30pm.

     

     

    To access our support, this can be achieved in one of three ways:

     

    • Telephone advice line: 0208 451 1126 – lines are open 9:30am – 1pm and between 2pm – 5:30pm every week day (except public holidays and between Christmas and New Year).

     

    • Citizens Advice Brent direct referral: Initial assessments undertaken at Citizens Advice Brent can be followed up with referral appointments to BCLC.

     

    • Brent Advice Matters: Following use of the self-help web pages, if you have not been able to find what you are looking for, an online enquiry form can be completed and BCLC can obtain your submission as a referral.

     

     

    To find out more about service, click on each one below.

    COMMUNITY CARE
    Our community care support spans provision in both social and health care and we work with clients to access services from NHS and local councils to improve their quality of life. Our community care service covers the following: • Support at home with everyday tasks or getting out and about • Disability aids, adaptations, services and facilities • Mental Health Care in the community • NHS Continuing Care and Hospital Discharge procedure • Younger or older people's care services, accommodation and care charging • Care and support for Learning Disabilities • Autism and Asperger's Syndrome • Drug and Alcohol abuse • Advice and support for carers • Mental Capacity and Court of Protection • Social services and health care support for migrants and failed asylum seekers with no recourse to public funds • Unaccompanied asylum seeking children • Support for victims of trafficking.
    EMPLOYMENT
    If you receive payment for as an employee, agency worker, casual staff member or a contractor, we offer assistance in the following: • Unfair dismissal • Discrimination • Redundancy • Maternity or parental rights • Health and safety, changes in working hours and conditions; • Unpaid wages • Bullying • Any other employment related matter.
    HOUSING
    Our advice and representation services cover all types of social and rented housing and we offer assistance in the following: • Reviewing unfavourable decisions relating to housing, including county court appeals up to Hugh Court judicial reviews • Assisting in defence of possession proceedings and eviction warrants for social and private tenants • Challenging landlords and authorities where homes are in disrepair.
    IMMIGRATION
    Our team of immigration experts can help people untangle the legal webs surrounding citizenship and right to work. We offer end to end support to help people stay in Brent legally, following initial checks for eligibility. Our service covers the following: • Asylum claims – including fresh asylum claims; • Judicial reviews; • Claims for victims of trafficking; • Some domestic violence claims; • Overseas applications to come to UK as a visitor, spouse, investor, student etc; • Overseas appeals in the UK; • In-country applications to vary your leave or to extend your current stay; • In-country applications as an illegal entrant or overstayer to make a concessionary based application; • EEA Regulation applications (for the EEA member or their EEA family or non EEA family member); • Immigration detention representation – with onsite visits; • Deportation proceedings; • Administrative removal matters; • Document certification
    WELFARE BENEFITS
    BCLC has a core specialisation in its Welfare Benefits provision due to the demand for this service and we offer assistance in the following: • Work Capability Assessment; • Employment and Support Allowance; • Personal Independence Payment; • Disability Living Allowance; • Attendance Allowance • Habitual Residence and Right to Reside; • Overpayments of benefits/tax credits; • Housing Benefit; • Cohabitation; • First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal Appeals; • Other benefit entitlement issues.
    DEBT
    We have specialist teams that provide quality money management advice to help alleviate our clients from debt burdens. Our support can help you to limit repayments so you can manage finances better and we offer support in the following areas: • Mortgage & Rent Arrears • Filing for Bankruptcy • Statutory Demand • Applying for a Debt Relief Order • Charging Orders/Order for Sale • Overpayment of Benefits • Council Tax Arrears • Parking Fines/Magistrates Court Fines • Utility Debts • Variation of Orders/ Setting Aside Judgment Orders • Time Orders • Challenging Debts

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    SUCCESSFUL IMMIGRATION CASES

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    CASES HANDLED A MONTH

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    QUALIFIED ADVISORS

    VENUE HIRE

    BCLC offers its venue space for hire to the local community, whether this is for a private party, a local residents meeting, business engagement or an ad-hoc gathering.  We are located centrally in the borough of Brent, which makes us an ideal location as a meeting space.  We currently offer space outside of our core office hours.

    For bookings, please contact info@bclc.uk or call 0208 451 1126 – lines are open 9:30am – 1pm and between 2pm – 5:30pm every week day (except public holidays and between Christmas and New Year). Our Hire Rates are as follows: