Applicant stories

Pensioner removes illegal shed and is sued for £90,000: Rose's story

When Rose discovered that a developer had built an illegal shed in her garden, she contacted him to request its removal. When he didn't respond, she took it down and he retaliated in a very aggressive way.

Pensioner told he owed £14,000 in overpaid benefits: Daniel's story

When Daniel was notified that he was in debt to his local authority, he was plunged into panic until an Advocate barrister not only challenged the charge but secured him a refund he was not expecting. 

The baby death that shook the UK: The Harry Richford Story

When Harry Richford died after a week, his family fought to expose the failings that led to it. The inquiry that followed led to the first prosecution of an NHS Trust for unsafe clinical care.

The legal case that benefitted 2,000 boat-dwellers: Frank's story

When Frank appealed his housing benefit refusal, the result was a new interpretation of the law that means over 2,000 boat dwellers can get help to cover their licence fees.

Lending someone money and they refuse to pay it back: Ella's story

Ella was pressured to take out a bank loan to lend her boyfriend some money with the promise he would pay her back. When they split up, he claimed the loan was a gift and refused to pay it off, so she took him to court.

Longing to have his whole family back together: Kwame's story

When his ex-partner denied Kwame the right to visit his child for nearly a year, it was his strong belief in the benefits of seeing both parents and half-siblings in that kept Kwame focused on fighting for his rights.

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