Herbert Smith Freehills lawyers in collaboration with the in-house legal team at Goldman Sachs International provide free independent and confidential legal advice to young people supported by Centrepoint.
Centrepoint is the UK's leading youth homelessness charity, working directly with some of the most vulnerable, disenfranchised and socially excluded members of society. Every year, Centrepoint helps around 10,000 young people to tackle the issues that led them to become homeless and give them the vital support they need to get a job and a home of their own.
Our lawyers advise remotely via video link or telephone to engage with young people across Centrepoint's UK-wide network, with issues ranging from housing, employment, care leaver rights and civil liberties. We undertake follow-up work and support onward referrals where necessary.
We also provide resources and training on legal issues to staff supporting Centrepoint's young people.
Intralinks provides a deal room on a pro bono basis to enable the organisations involved to share documents securely.
My experience with the clinic has been excellent. I have sought their help with a variety of complex issues facing our young people, and they have quickly become my first port of call. Each time, staff have been responsive, flexible and person-centred, unlike the more bureaucratic external organisations from which I have sought advice in the past. I have been able to support young people more effectively to plan for their future. Knowledge is empowering; expert knowledge is what the clinic delivers.
DB, Centrepoint staff member, on working with pro bono service