New, free legal advice clinic opens in Newcastle East

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November 18, 2015

A new legal clinic has been launched in Newcastle East, to provide free legal advice to women experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

The new clinic is a partnership between the Public Interest Advocacy Centre’s (PIAC) Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS), Jenny’s Place, Burke & Mead, and Hicksons Lawyers.

Appointments are welcome every Wednesday from 12-2pm at the Joy Cummings Centre, Newcastle East.

‘We are thrilled to open this new clinic in Newcastle, to provide free legal help for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness,’ said PIAC CEO, Edward Santow.

‘The new legal clinic builds on the 14 HPLS clinics already run by PIAC, which are managed with the pro bono assistance of over 480 commercial lawyers.

‘Working in partnership with law firms that offer time and experience for free, HPLS assists around 800 clients per year at welfare agencies throughout the Sydney metropolitan area and now in Newcastle.

‘At these clinics, lawyers assist clients with a range of legal problems including tenancy, credit and debt issues, social security, victims compensation and fines.

‘This would not be possible without the generous support of our partners, and especially the Australian Government and NSW Public Purpose Fund,’ said Edward Santow.

Potential clients are invited to call 8898 6545 to book an appointment.

MEDIA CONTACT: PIAC Media and Communications Officer, Gemma Pearce: 0478 739 280. 

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