Our story and beliefs
The Law Centre was set up in March 1989 and was initially financially supported by Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council. At the beginning there were four workers, one of whom is still with us today – Stephen Taylor.
Over the last 30 years we have developed and changed, growing from our base in Chesterfield, to offer advice and assistance across the county of Derbyshire. More about the history of Derbyshire Law Centre® can be found in our historical timeline: Changing Times for Derbyshire Law Centre®.
We continue to be very grateful to Derbyshire County Council who initiated the development of Derbyshire Law Centre, previously known as Chesterfield Law Centre® to be established and now, along with the support from Chesterfield Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council, Bolsover District Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council we continue from strength to strength.
In April 2014 we re-branded to Derbyshire Law Centre® to better reflect the services we provide across the county and moved to share premises with 3 other advice agencies.
The Law Centre aims to achieve equal access to justice for all sections of the community, and particularly those of limited means, by providing legal services in social welfare law in the Derbyshire area.
Quality and Regulation
Since the early 1990s we have had a Legal Aid contract. Under this contract, our work is regularly audited by the Legal Aid Agency (formerly known as Legal Aid Board and Legal Services Commission). This means our service has to be of a high standard as without passing the audit we cannot continue to do legal aid work.
The Law Centre holds the Lexcel Legal Practice Quality Mark for all our specialist work, office management and governance. Derbyshire Law Centre® is affiliated to the national organisation for Law Centres, the Law Centres Network.
The solicitors employed at the Law Centre are regulated by Solicitors Regulation Authority and Legal Executives by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
Our achievements would not have been possible without the support from statutory, voluntary and community organisations and individuals.
Funding and Income
The Law Centre receives financial assistance from a wide variety of funders including grant aid from Bolsover District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council and North East Derbyshire District Council, project funding from the European Structural and Investment Fund, The National Lottery Community Fund, charitable sources, local and national contracts and other fundraising activities.
Our latest audited accounts can be found here: DLC Audited Account 18-19
Our Annual report
Please download our DLC annual report 2018 – 2019