Welcome to the Wiltshire Law Centre website. We currently provide free and confidential legal advice and representation in Welfare Benefits, Housing Law, Employment and Debt. If you need advice in any of these areas we can help subject to current eligibility. We operate in the same way as any solicitors firm in the high street, in that we employ advisors to provide high quality professional legal services. However, our expertise lies with solving everyday problems, which come under the general heading of ‘social welfare law’. We currently employ 5 specialist advisors with over 90 years experience between them:
Richard Hazell – Senior Solicitor
Richard is one of the original founding members of Wiltshire Law Centre. He set up the law centre 39 years ago and specialises in Housing Law. In November 2017, Richard was awarded the President’s Outstanding Achievement Award by Gloucester and Wiltshire’s Law Society.
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Forbes Robertson – Housing and Welfare Case Worker
Forbes has been with the law centre for 13 years. His specialities include illegal evictions, disability tribunals, and defending breaches of anti social behaviour injunctions.
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Ashley Brown – Housing Solicitor
Ashley joined us in September 2019 after working in the criminal law area in the public sector providing defence services in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts and expands our Housing team once more.
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Martin Kerr – Debt Advisor & Administration Manager
Martin has been at the law centre for nine years. He is the office administrator as well as the debt advisor and also arranges the employment sessions for our clients.
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Oby Okolo – Court Duty Solicitor
Oby has been with us for over five years. She provides the Court Duty representation in Basingstoke and Aldershot.
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Shanaz Qaddus – Book Keeper
Shaz is responsible for recording the day-to-day financial transactions of the law centre.
Bob, Jaiden and Michelle – our team of volunteers
Reception and Admin support is provided by our team of volunteers.
Board of Trustees
Nick Mellis (Chair), Judith Hawkins, Heather Reilly, Phil McCabe and Graham McIntosh provide advice and guidance to the Law Centre.
If you would like to support our work by becoming a volunteer Trustee on our Trustee Committee then we would love to hear from you
We are a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. We are also a not-for-profit agency, which means that all our money is reinvested in the Law Centre for the benefit of our clients.
We have proven success in helping people in the areas of law we cover. For example we help claim benefits they did not realise they were entitled to, we assist people facing eviction and we help people struggling to cope with personal debt.
We are also a member of the Law Centres Network.
If you need advice in any other areas of law we can usually signpost you to other agencies and solicitors who provide free advice depending on the nature of the problem and your personal circumstances.