Sharon Challands

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.

Trainee Solicitor Contract up for grabs!

Derbyshire Law Centre has been approved for the prestigious funding to host a Trainee Solicitor at our offices.  Funded by the Legal Education Foundation through the Justice First Fellowship Scheme, candidates will be shortlisted by the Fellowship and final pick will be done by Derbyshire Law Centre.  The post will start in January 2018.  To for more information and to apply for the Trainee Solicitor Contract, please click here:

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.

A Quality Service!

Derbyshire Law Centre is proud at, once again, at achieving Service Quality Mark status.  A thorough audit of all parts of the service was carried out yesterday (1st March) by SQM Delivery Partnership and the organisation passed with flying colours.  Lisa Haythorne, Solicitor at Derbyshire Law Centre said “We are delighted that our quality service has been recognised again and we can continue to provide advice services in Derbyshire”.

National Award for Derbyshire Law Centre

We are pleased and proud to have received a national award from the Law Centres Network for our “tenacity, creativity and defiant response to cuts through extending services to the people of Derbyshire”.