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NEWS: MLC continues to offer telephone assistance, but our main office is closed to the public (unless you have a pre-arranged appointment).  Please call the specific service you require (legal - (02) 4628 2042, domestic violence - (02) 4640 7333 or tenancy - (02) 4628 1678) for further assistance.

Legal

Our Legal Services

Our legal team is committed to providing the community with a broad range of legal services, which are delivered in diverse, innovative and collaborative ways.

Our solicitors provide free advice, information and referrals to ALL residents and service providers in the Macarthur region of NSW, and targeted legal assistance to people on low incomes, and those experiencing significant disadvantage.

In addition to our regular legal services we deliver community legal education workshops to community groups and service providers, and conduct law reform activities to help redress systemic injustices that impact on our clients.

Free Legal Advice

Our free legal advice services are available to residents in the LGAs of Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly, Wingecarribee, Goulburn, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.  We may also be able to provide advice, if your local community legal centre is unable to assist you (please call us to confirm eligibility).

If you need free legal advice please call us on (02) 4628 2042 (9am-4:30pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). We note that our phone lines are closed on Wednesdays, and ask that you call us on days when our phone lines are open.

If we are able to assist with your legal issue, our intake workers will take your details and a solicitor will call you back for legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity.  If we are unable to assist we will refer you to someone who can.

If you require face-to-face assistance you should discuss this with your solicitor, during your initial advice session.  Attendances at our office are by ‘APPOINTMENT ONLY’.

 What Can We Help With?

Family Law
Care and Protection
Child Support 
Credit and Debt
Wills, Power of Attorney and Guardianship 
Traffic Matters 
Fines and SDRO Matters 
Neighbourhood Disputes 
Employment Law 
Discrimination
Consumer Complaints
Centrelink Issues 
Youth Law
Victims Support
Civil Law Matters

Legal Casework Services

While we provide free legal information, advice and referrals to all residents and service providers in our catchment area, our casework services are targeted at low income earners and disadvantaged clients.

If you meet our eligibility criteria, and our service otherwise has capacity,  our solicitors may be able to assist with ongoing casework.  Our  solicitors will discuss your casework needs and eligibility, during your initial advice session.

Legal Outreach Services

UPDATE – Our legal outreach services are currently limited, due to COVID-19 issues in the community.  

We are, however, happy to take direct referrals for telephone advice, from our regular outreach partners and other community workers.

Please call us on (02) 4628 2042 for further information.

We believe that it’s important to be a part of the community we service, so our solicitors also provide face-to-face legal advice sessions at various outreach locations throughout the Macarthur region. If you’d like a face-to-face session, but can’t make it to our centre in Campbelltown, you can contact the outreach centre of your choice, to make an appointment.  Find out more about our outreach services…

Community Legal Education

UPDATE – Our face-to-face community legal education services are currently limited, due to COVID-19 issues in the community.  

We are, however, happy to present legal information sessions remotely via audio-visual or telephone conferencing.  For example, if you’d like us to provide your community group/organisation with information about our service (or a talk on a particular legal topic) we would be happy to have a solicitor attend one of your team meetings via ZOOM, Microsoft Teams, AVL-link or telephone. Please contact us, for further information.

Please call us on (02) 4628 2042 for further information.

We believe that an informed community is a strong community. We provide free legal education workshops to community groups and/or workers. We cover a wide range of legal topics and we can tailor our sessions to meet the needs of your group. Common topics include – family law, elder law issues, employment issues, credit and debt, fines and work development orders, schooling issues, bullying.  Find out more about community legal education…

Law Reform

We aim to utilise both legal and political process to promote an agenda of social justice, and to work towards fairer legal and social outcomes for the most disadvantaged members of our community.   We often prepare submissions, in response to government inquiries and we also participate in advocacy activities undertaken by national and state community legal centre networks in the areas of domestic violence, care and protection, family law, youth law and elder law.

Collaborative Service Delivery – Domestic Violence Referrals

Our legal team is committed to working collaboratively with our auspiced services to deliver holistic service options for MLC clients.  For example, our legal teams receives direct referrals from our Macarthur Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (MWDVCAS).  These clients are generally assisted by female solicitors with specialized knowledge in domestic violence, family law and care and protection.  Where ongoing casework is involved we often work collaboratively with MWDVCAS workers to achieve the best possible legal and social outcomes for our clients.

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