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About Merseyside Law Centre

We have been assisting the people of Liverpool with their benefit issues since the 1970s. We were formally established as Merseyside Welfare Rights in 1988 and are now Merseyside Law Centre. Our overall objective is to combat poverty and homelessness by providing free, accessible, confidential, quality advice and representation to assist clients to pursue their legal rights, within a framework of equality and opportunity.

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Merseyside Law Centre with Liverpool MP Kim Johnson

Our main office is located in Toxteth, close to the city centre.  We have a community advice service that operates from Dovecot and includes outreach advice services. 

We provide specialist legal advice and assistance relating to welfare benefits, housing and immigration. Our advice is provided to those in need, regardless of age, gender, race, or disability. Our activities focus on promoting social inclusion and relieving the needs of individuals, who are, or, who may become, socially excluded as a result of factors such as unemployment, race, financial hardship, ill health (physical or mental) and youth or old age. Our purpose is to assist individuals, by helping them overcome some of the difficulties that they face, and thus ensuring their successful integration into society.

Our welfare benefits advice team provides advice and representation on all matters from Tribunal representation, Upper Tribunals and Judicial Reviews.

Our housing advice focuses on threats of possession and eviction from homes with a view to preventing homelessness. We also deal with disrepair and anti-social behaviour issues.

Our immigration team take on cases for individuals and families who have no leave to remain or who need to make an application to keep their immigration status. This includes domestic abuse cases and applications made based on family life or long residence in the UK. We help people who cannot afford to pay a lawyer privately and where we think our help can resolve the person’s problem. 

As part of our overall objective, Merseyside Law Centre is also committed to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking.

Our recruitment and people management processes are designed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK. We do not enter into business with any organisation, in the UK or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to be involved in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.

Meet Our Team

Merseyside Law Centre has a team of staff, volunteers and a board of trustees, dedicated to providing vital services to the community. Our team brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise and is made up of Solicitors, Case Workers, Legal Advisors, Project and Administrative staff.

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Janet Coe

Director / Solicitor

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Lisa Griffiths

Housing Caseworker

Tracy with gift from grateful client MLC

Tracy Kofi

Trainee Solicitor

Jack MLC

Jack Pooke

Administrative Assistant

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Karen Woodside

Operations Director

Donna MLC

Donna Sullivan

Triage Co-ordinator

Dami MLC

Dami Folorunso

Trainee Solicitor

Mark MLC

Mark Casey

Housing Team Lead

Sophie & Tracy MLC

Sophie Brown

Communications & Engagement Officer

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Dave Coe

Fundraiser & Data Analyst

Joseph MLC

Joseph Bliss

Casework & Technology Assistant

Board of Trustees


Ms Siobhan Cotter-Burgess


Mrs Gillian Moglione


Mark Weights


Bernard Wentworth


Maureen Wilson

Our Funders and Partners

Thank you to all of our funders, members of parliament and local councillors who enable us to help combat poverty and homelessness in our local area. 

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Charitable Foundation | Steve Morgan Foundation

About the Steve Morgan Foundation. Founded in 2001 by Steve Morgan CBE, to support projects that help children and families, people with physical or learning disabilities, the elderly, or those that are socially disadvantaged in North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire.

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We are certified with the following organisations

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Cyber Essentials Merseyside Law Centre Certificate
MLC Disability Confident Committed certificate


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