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Who we help

South Westminster Legal Advice Centre provides a service primarily for people who live or work in the City of Westminster and who can’t afford a solicitor. When resources permit, we help people in surrounding postcodes as well. Many of our clients earn the minimum wage or are in receipt of benefits. Our service is also open to homeless people who have a Westminster connection.

We offer a respectful, client-centred ethos. We aim to empower our clients, not to make them dependent on us. Most clients seek information on their rights, in the light of their current situation.

SWLAC provides advice – we will not be able to legally represent you, or normally, to go to Court with you. If we cannot help you,  we will refer you on to other advice organisations.

We are committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion amongst our volunteers and clients, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. We help those who need legal advice irrespective of their age, disability, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification or reassignment, single, married, or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, or any other characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010.

The advice we give is free

We do however request a small donation (£4) when we write a letter or e-mail, or draft a document for you, or for photocopies (30p per sheet) if it is necessary to make copies for our file, or to send to the other side. These donations really help with the running costs of the Centre.