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HBJ in LawWorks-brokered partnership with disability charity
Law firm HBJ Gateley has entered into a partnership involving the provision of pro bono legal help to Capability Scotland, in a deal brokered with the help of legal advice charity LawWorks Scotland.
The agreement will involve HBJ Gateley’s lawyers making their time available free of charge to people using Capability Scotland’s services in support of the disabled. The team will answer legal questions and review the situations of people who may feel they have been discriminated against because of disability.
In one of the first such cases, an Edinburgh woman suffering from spina bifida has successfully challenged a decision by neighbours not to allow a handrail to be installed at the shared entrance to their flats, without upsetting her relationship with her neighbours.
Dana O’Dwyer, chief executive of Capability Scotland, commented: “As a provider of learning, employment and care services across Scotland, we often hear from disabled people, parents and carers who need help with clarifying their legal rights. It is wonderful that, with the support of HBJ Gateley, they will now be able to obtain free and invaluable advice.”
Suzanne Grahame, chief executive of HBJ Gateley added: “Capability Scotland does incredibly important work in helping disabled people lead more independent lives, and access to legal expertise can often be a significant obstacle. We’re very aware of our wider responsibilities in society, and when I first heard about the idea I was immediately in support of it.”