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Lawyers scoop pounds 2m for their clients; SUCCESSFUL YEAR SAW ADVICE CENTRE TAKE ON NEARLY 1,000 CASES.

Byline: ALAN HARRIS

COVENTRY Law Centre won nearly pounds 2million in compensation for disadvantaged clients last year.

The centre, in Broadgate, took on nearly 1,000 cases, of which more than 80 per cent involved an application to or hearing before a court or tribunal.

The figures are revealed in the charity's annual report.

The organisation represented 990 clients in legal proceedings related to housing, employment, immigration and benefits during 2002/03.

It secured more than pounds 1.8million for clients and prevented evictions, helped people claim asylum, and protected the rights of those with ill health or disabilities.

Crispin Passmore, manager at the Law Centre, said: "It has been a successful year. Against a background of many solicitors giving up on publicly-funded advice, and many law centres and advice agencies struggling to secure adequate funding, Coventry Law Centre stands out as a testament to all involved.

"Our secure and generous funding, highly-skilled staff, committed trustees and a clear sense of purpose, all combine to ensure Coventry has a law centre it can continue to be proud of."

Coventry Law Centre, which offers free legal advice, is funded through an annual grant from Coventry City Council.

Mr Passmore said it aimed to build on a successful year by developing into a bigger organisation to better meet advice needs.

alan.harris@mrn.co.uk
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