Derbyshire Law Centre shortlisted for TWO prestigious national legal awards

Posted 14.08.2019

Our Financial Inclusion strand – Money Sorted – chooses its delivery partners according to their links and connections with the local community, but also the skills and support that can be provided by that organisation.

Money Sorted offers bespoke financial capability support for unemployed and economically inactive individuals for around 6 months. Upon receiving a referral, the Personal Navigator working with the participant will look at the wider life factors that might have impacted upon financial stability and will work with them to manage benefits and debts (if required) to help gain financial stability – a financial resilience plan is produced, which centres around financial capability. The Personal Navigator will support the participant with financial capability through one to one or through group sessions.

So far there has been huge successes with those Money Sorted have worked; these include 62.3% of participants showing an increase in household income, 75.3% showing an increase in financial management skills, and importantly, 65% of participants stating reduced levels of family stress since accessing the programme.

Across Derbyshire there are many delivery partners offering financial capability support through the Money Sorted Project, and Derbyshire Law Centre based in Chesterfield is one of these. If you would like more information on the Money Sorted project please visit the website: or to refer yourself or another individuals, please email:

We are thrilled to see that Derbyshire Law Centre continues to excel in the work it does with vulnerable people across North Derbyshire and that our Money Sorted Personal Navigators have access to these support partners internally.

To read more about the two prestigious awards that Derbyshire Law Centre have been shortlisted for, please read the following press release:

Derbyshire Law Centre shortlisted for TWO prestigious national legal awards

Staff and volunteers at Derbyshire Law Centre are thrilled to learn that they have been shortlisted for the Law Society’s prestigious Excellence Awards 2019 in the Access to Justice category. Law Centre solicitor Lisa Haythorne has also been shortlisted for the In-house Solicitor of the Year award.

“I am so delighted to have been shortlisted for the Solicitor of the Year – In-house award” said Lisa Haythorne, previously also one of 3 finalists for the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award, Social Welfare category, earlier this year. “It’s lovely to be nominated by my colleagues for the recognition of the work I do”.

One of the Co-ordinators, Sharon Challands added, “We are thrilled to be shortlisted for the Access to Justice award. I can’t believe that we are one of eight finalists from all over the country. It certainly has given us all a boost and is an appreciation of our hard work and commitment to ensure that people on low incomes across Derbyshire can access justice.”

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Law Centre first opening its doors to offer free specialist legal advice. The Centre now employs a team of 26 people including caseworkers, administrators, coordinators, homeless prevention workers, paralegals, personal navigators, solicitors, trainee solicitors and a social worker.

Chris Collard, Chairperson of Derbyshire Law Centre’s Management Committee, commented: “Being shortlisted for two Excellence awards has given us the opportunity for the Law Centre’s staff and volunteers to shine on the national stage. It highlights their sheer dedication to improving the lives of many people in the county.”

Law Society President Simon Davis said: “There are more than 140,000 solicitors in England and Wales – to be shortlisted for an Excellence Award is to be recognised as among the very best of the profession.

“The firms and solicitors shortlisted should be commended for going above and beyond to support their clients, often navigating tricky and sometimes contentious areas of the law.

“With the justice system so under strain, we should take this opportunity to celebrate the incredible work solicitors do day-in and day-out, and to recognise the immense contribution they make to our society.”

Winners are announced at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards ceremony in London on 23 October 2019.                                                                                Ends


For more information please contact: Teresa Waldron, Derbyshire Law Centre tel. 01246 550674 email

Notes to editors

The Law Centre aims to achieve equal access to justice for all sections of the community, and particularly those of limited means, by providing legal services in social welfare law in the Derbyshire area. For more information please see

For more about the Excellence Awards see


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