Sharon Challands


As part of the campaign initiated by the Young Legal Aid Lawyers, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins joined Lisa on our housing duty scheme at Chesterfield County Court last week.

Toby saw first hand how vital the free advice and representation we provide to those facing eviction from their rented and mortgaged homes.

Our duty scheme is not only important in terms of the provision of specialist legal representation but also for providing emotional support for clients at a stressful time.

Recruiting for a Housing Caseworker

A position as become available for a specialist housing caseworker with experience in homelessness, defending possession proceedings, and disrepair.

Please see the documents below for further details and fill out your application form and get it to us by Tuesday 20th August at 4:30pm.

Advert Housing Caseworker

Derbyshire Law Centre shortlisted for TWO prestigious national legal awards

Staff and volunteers at Derbyshire Law Centre are thrilled to learn that we have been shortlisted for the Law Society’s prestigious Excellence Awards 2019 in the Access to Justice category. Law Centre solicitor Lisa Haythorne has also been shortlisted for the In-house Solicitor of the Year award.

“I am so delighted to have been shortlisted for the Solicitor of the Year – In-house award” said Lisa Haythorne, previously also one of 3 finalists for the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award, Social Welfare category, earlier this year. “It’s lovely to be nominated by my colleagues for the recognition of the work I do”.

Support Worker/Personal Navigator Financial Inclusion

Due to unforeseen circumstance we are having to re-advertise a post for a Support Worker – Personal Navigator (Financial Inclusion).

A position has become available for specialist worker to provide non-legal support to financially excluded individuals across North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.  The ability to relate to a wide range of clients and manage their expectations is essential. Experience of working with people with multiple and complex needs is essential.

Small Firm of the Year!

On Friday 26th April, we attended the Derby and District Law Society Annual Dinner which was a brilliant event again this year.

The evening was topped off with being named as Small Firm of the Year 2019! We are extremely grateful and thank President Ben Lawson and the DDLS Committee for the award!

Homelessness Prevention Worker vacancies

Two positions have become available for specialist workers to work with people who are facing homelessness who require support to sustain their private tenancies. The ability to relate to a wide range of clients and manage their expectations is essential. Experience of housing and debt work is desirable.

Please note: Each position has different catchment areas. Please ensure that you state the area that you are interested in covering on your application.

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.