Sharon Challands

Assessment Supervisor vacancy

We are excited to announce that we have a job vacancy at the Derbyshire Law Centre for a new Assessment Supervisor. Below is a brief description of the role and what it entails.

The post holder will be responsible for managing access to the Law Centre’s advice services by overseeing the assessment of initial client enquiries ensuring that assessments are dealt with appropriately and efficiently either by an internal referral or signposting to other services. The post will cover the whole of the assessment session operating Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm. In addition, the post holder will work closely with existing volunteers. This will include supervising volunteers.

Administrator vacancy

We are excited to announce that we have a job vacancy at the Derbyshire Law Centre for a new Administrator. Below is a brief description of the role and what it entails.

The successful applicant will provide audio/copy typist support to all staff. In addition, you will work on various databases and the full range of Microsoft software including Office 365, Publisher, Excel and Access.

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”