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Legal clinic ready to offer advice

East Belfast residents can avail of free expertise when local law firm Mackenzie & Dorman launches a monthly legal advice clinic next week.

Colin Bates, managing partner in the Holywood Road firm, will be running the free drop-in clinic at the East Belfast Independent Advice Centre from 1.45-4.30pm on the last Friday of every month, beginning on September 24.

Mr Bates said he had approached the Castlereagh Street advice centre to offer the clinic, after the company had run similar workshops successfully before.

Having been established in east Belfast over 100 years ago, the firm is very familiar with the issues facing the local community.

As a general practice, Mackenzie & Dorman does a lot of family, debt, employment, and some criminal work, and with a growing immigrant |community, Mr Bates said: “We’ll try our best to help people, whatever the problem.”

Mary McManus, of the East Belfast Advice Centre, said: “The clinic is for |people to access advice on areas that don’t come under our remit.”

She said the busy centre offered a wide range of services, and had employed five new staff to cope with demand this year.

“We have just about every free service: welfare benefits, housing, employment and offer specialist services such as tribunal representation and minority ethnic groups. We offer debt advice, and have outreach clinics throughout east Belfast, from the Short Strand to the Bridge Community Association, Woodstock Library, and Tullycarnet and we do home visits for the house-bound.”

To contact the East Belfast Independent Advice Centre, call 9096 3003.

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