Barnet Law Service

Barnet Law Service

Charity information

Barnet Law Service

Barnet Law Service (BLS) was set up to "relieve the poor by the provision of legal services which they could not otherwise obtain through lack of means; to promote and advance the education of the public by the improvement and diffusion of knowledge and practice of law and the administration of justice, having regard especially to those areas of law and practice which are of concern to poor people and which are directed to the relief of povertyā€¯.
This simply means that BLS helps people who are financially (and often also socially) excluded access justice in the areas of housing, employment, welfare benefits, immigration and asylum law, by providing them with free advice, casework, negotiation and tribunal or court representation. The staff are extremely committed and very successful, having over 80% success rate at tribunal for their clients. As BLS charges no fees to its clients it needs financial support by way of grants, trusts and donations to cover staff salaries and the usual overheads of running an office.