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.
Our main office is located in the heart of the City of Liverpool. We have a community advice service that operates from Dovecot and includes outreach advice services in Old Swan and Princes Drive.
We provide specialist legal advice and assistance relating to welfare benefits, housing and money/debt matters. 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.
In 2016 we were awarded the prestigious Law Society Disability Access Scheme (DAS) scholarship which supports those facing exceptionally challenging circumstances, enabling them to pursue their law studies and career.
Our welfare benefits advice team provides advice and representation on all matters from form completion, through to Tribunals, Upper Tribunals and Judicial Reviews.
Our housing advice focuses on threats of possession of and eviction from homes with a view to preventing homelessness. We also deal with disrepair and anti-social behavior issues.
Our debt provision is able to provide expert advice on all debt matters, from single to multiple debts, including insolvency and bankruptcy advice. The levels of advice range from negotiating and restructuring minimal debts, to attending court hearings of more involved and complex cases.
Janet Coe - Assistant Director / Solicitor
Sophie Brown - Office Manager
Mary Heery - Solicitor
Lorna O'Reilly - Student and Volunteer Co-ordinator
Tom Lavin - Justice First Fellow/Trainee Solicitor
Siobhan Taylor-Ward - Justice First Fellow/Trainee Solicitor
Peter Wildridge - Welfare Rights Adviser
Lesley Tipping - Welfare Rights Adviser
Cath McGivern - Administrator
Karen Woodside - Administration / Projects
Jack Pooke - Administration Volunteer
Diane Marshall - Advice Volunteer
Catherine McIntyre - Advice Volunteer
Jessica Brierton - Advice Volunteer
Erin Sexton - Advice Volunteer
Gareth Morris - Advice Volunteer
Our team of experienced and dedicated staff have a diverse wealth of knowledge and expertise.
Board of Trustees
Ms Siobhan Cotter-Burgess - Chair
Mr Mark Weights - Director
Mr David Tighe - Director
Mr Nick Crofts - Director
Mrs Gillian Moglione - Director