Sharon Challands

Housing Caseworker Vacancy

A position has become available for a specialist housing caseworker with experience in homelessness, defending possession proceedings, and disrepair. Ideally you should have a background in court advocacy and running a caseload under a Legal Aid Agency contract with minimum supervision.

Please see the attached application pack if you would like to apply. The closing date for all applications is 4:30pm on 27th April 2018.

Personal Navigator vacancy at the Derbyshire Law Centre

We are pleased to announce that we have a new vacancy at the Derbyshire Law Centre as a Personal Navigator, funded by D2N2 in financial inclusion. Please see the attached documents for this new post. Please note that the deadline for all applications is 4:30pm on 26th February 2018.

If you are interested in this role but have any concerns or queries, please call us on 01246 550674 and speak to our Session Supervisor/Co-ordinator Nikki Tugby. Alternatively, please email and Nikki will be happy to help.

Open day on Friday 26th January 2018

We hope that all our followers had a lovely festive period and we wish a happy new year to all.

In two weeks we will be holding an open day at our offices in Chesterfield! This is the perfect opportunity to meet staff, to look at the services we provide and to see how the Derbyshire Law Centre works generally.

For catering and monitoring purposes, we ask that you email to confirm your attendance!

Our AGM on 8th November 2017

Our AGM is this Wednesday (8th Nov) at the Chesterfield Studios on Rose Hill in the town centre at 1pm. The meeting will be followed by a talk on ‘Improving Health Through Advice’ by Julie Hurst, Public Health Principal at Derbyshire Public Health. Refreshments are available from 12:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

This will mean that our offices will be closed from 12pm to 3pm.

Winners!!! – Organisation of the Year.

Derbyshire Law Centre were proud winners at the Voluntary Sector Awards 2017 at the event on Wednesday, 4th October 2017.

Representing the Law Centre, Solicitor, Lisa Haythorne went on stage to collect the award for “Organisation of the year 2017 (with an income over £100,000)”.  Collecting the award, an excited Lisa highlighted the work that the Law Centre does, especially around Housing and Homelessness.

Employment Tribunal Fees – Update

In July 2017 a decision of the Supreme Court abolished Employment Tribunal fees.  This means that anyone taking a claim to the Employment Tribunal no longer needs to pay a fee.

In addition, fees which have been paid either to issue a claim, or for a hearing, will be refunded by the government.  However, it is not clear yet what arrangements will be made for refunds.  When the arrangements are put in place, the Derbyshire Law Centre website will be updated with information about obtaining a refund.

Annual Report

Derbyshire Law Centre is pleased to announce the completion of this year’s annual report.

It’s been a very busy year and we hope you enjoy the read!


Quality Staff – Guaranteed

Derbyshire Law Centre, once again, shows it’s commitment to quality.  Tony McIlveen, Senior Solicitor, has once again achieved The Law Society Immigration and Asylum Scheme Level 2 Supervisor qualification.  This makes Derbyshire Law Centre the only accredited specialist in immigration advice in Derbyshire (excluding Derby).  Well done Tony!

Radio Tony!

Tony McIlveen, Derbyshire Law Centre’s Senior Solicitor, was interviewed on Spire Radio yesterday.  He gave details of the legal advice services that DLC provides for the people of Derbyshire.  Asked what he thought of the experience, he said “It was a great opportunity for us to tell the public what we do and how we help.  I had a great time and was warmly welcomed by the team at Spire Radio”

Thanks Cameron!

It was a pleasure to see Cameron Philpot yesterday to give our thanks for the work he did with us until his resignation last year.  Cameron was an active member of our Management Committee over 25 years.  He took on the role of Vice Chairman and Secretary several times over the years.  He was also Chair of our Personnel Sub Committee.  Michael Gordon, current Chair of DLC, presented the award, thanking Cameron for his commitment to the organisation.