The Windrush Justice Clinic (WJC) provides a free and confidential service that helps clients get the compensation they deserve.

WJC is a collaboration between the University of Greenwich, London Southbank University, Law Centres and Community Organisations that have come together to offer assistance to the victims affected by the Windrush scandal as a result of the Government's hostile environment policy.

We are an independent body and not part of the Government, the Immigration Service, Home Office or the Police. We care about you and we are here to help.

The free service is for those people who have suffered as a result of the Government's hostile environment policy regarding their legal status, as highlighted by the Windrush scandal. It is for people from the Commonwealth countries such as the Caribbean, Africa and southern Asia. 

If you have been denied a passport, health care, education, lost your job or housing, been denied access to your bank account or welfare benefits, or have been detained by the Immigration Service, then contact the Windrush Justice Clinic for help.

The clinic launches on Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 6pm. If you wish to attend to hear more from the host, book a ticket on Eventbrite. The event will be hosted by Dr. Gifty Edila, of the Windrush Compensation Project with Keynote speaker Dr Patrick Vernon OBE, Windrush Justice campaigner, Social Commentator and historian. Read more in the press release published recently in the Law Society Gazette.

The Windrush Justice Clinic is currently London based but there are plans to roll it out nationally after an initial pilot phase. The Clinic is currently fundraising for a centralised website, phoneline and staff.

The Windrush Scandal

The majority of the victims of the scandal travelled to England from the Caribbean between 1948 and 1973. However, the scandal affected and continues to affect people and their families, who settled in the UK from any overseas country before the end of 1988, in particular The Commonwealth countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The late Paulette Wilson, whose case was highly publicised, is one of the many victims of the Windrush scandal.

The Windrush Compensation Scheme was established in April 2019 so that people could get some recompense for their suffering, for issues such as illegal imprisonment and deportation, loss of employment, immigration and legal fees for unsuccessful applications, loss of access to higher education, or international student fees, loss of homes, frozen bank accounts, lack of access to welfare benefits and health care.

About the Claudia Jones Organisation

The Claudia Jones Organisation was set up in 1982 by and for African Caribbean heritage women and their families from Hackney and surrounding boroughs. Their vision is to build a culture of aspiration globally where women of African Caribbean heritage and their families are strengthened to achieve their full potential. 

Their culturally sensitive services include intensive emotional and practical support for women and their families affected by domestic and other forms of gender-based violence or life challenges as well as support to elders. The organisation takes a holistic and therapeutic approach in providing advice and advocacy with issues of mental wellbeing, isolation, vulnerable housing, financial hardship, food poverty, immigration status and family breakdown. They offer individual and group therapy to help with the trauma of abusive relationships, health issues, COVID-19 and other, intersecting oppressive experiences of individual and families and for those who have been impacted or are at risk of becoming victims of hostile immigration policies. 

About The Windrush Compensation Project

The Windrush Compensation Project is aimed at ensuring free legal support and representation is available for affected Windrush victims, and raising public awareness of where such support can be accessed.

About the Jigsaw House Society (JHS)

The Jigsaw House Society (JHS) is a community interest company that specialises in social innovation, community organising and educational training programmes for underrepresented groups. 

JHS believes that activating communities through diverse collaborations, co-production and learning by doing, create the best outcomes and the most social impact. 

JHS works with universities, football clubs, city councils and corporates to help them increase the social impact they have on their local communities, staff and clients. 

The Windrush Justice Clinic partnership has recently been set up to assist victims of the Windrush scandal to obtain compensation for the losses and distress they have suffered because of the hostile environment.

The Windrush Justice Clinic  partners include the legal advice clinics at the University of Westminster, University of Greenwich and London South Bank University; North Kensington Law Centre, Southwark Law Centre, the Claudia Jones Organisation, the Windrush Compensation Project and the Jigsaw House Society.

The Windrush Compensation Scheme was established so that people could get some recompense for their suffering. Claims could include :illegal imprisonment and deportation, loss of employment, immigration and legal fees for unsuccessful applications, loss of access to higher education, or international student fees, loss of homes, frozen bank accounts, lack of access to welfare benefits and health care.

The service provided includes advice, assistance, casework and representation as appropriate. Where specialist immigration advice or legal representation is needed we can refer to one of the specialists within our network as appropriate. We will advise you on your entitlement to compensation taking a specialist approach that seeks to recompense you justly.

The clinics are there as the frontline help to offer initial assistance, and all clients will be assessed to decide what level of help they need. All students working in the clinics are closely supervised by qualified solicitors, barristers, or accredited caseworkers.

The service will launch on Tuesday 20th October 2020 and operate from the 2nd November 2020. If you think you may have a claim or have made a claim and want assistance with a review please contact the clinic nearest to your home and they will be happy to assist you.

University of Greenwich Legal Advice Centre

Email: legaladvicecentre@gre.ac.uk

Phone: 0208 331 9947 (24 hour answerphone. Please leave a message and we will return your call within 48 hours where possible)

Website: https://www.gre.ac.uk/legal-advice-centre

How to contact us: If you wish to request an appointment, please fill in our online enquiry form. We are currently operating virtually and conducting interviews by Zoom.

University of Westminster Legal Advice Clinic

Email: lawclinic@westminster.ac.uk

Phone:020 3506 9626 (24 hour answerphone. Please leave a message and we will return your call within 48 hours where possible)

How to contact us: Please fill in our online enquiry form. We are currently operating a telephone and online service.

London South Bank University Legal Advice Clinic

Email: legaladvice@lsbu.ac.uk

Phone:020 7815 5450

Website: www.lsbu.ac.uk/legaladviceclinic

Address: The Clinic is based at Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation,1 St George's Circus, London, SE1 OAP

How to contact us: The LSBU Legal Advice Clinic is a drop-in clinic. The Clinic is open term-time only as set out below.

AutumnTuesday 22 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020
WinterTuesday 26 January 2021 – Friday 26 March 2021
SpringTuesday 20 April 2021 – Wednesday 7 May 2021

Please telephone 020 7815 5450 at the following times if you wish to access an appointment.

Tuesday10am until 10.30am for an appointment the same morning from 10:30am to 12pm
Wednesday10am until 10.30am for an appointment the same morning from 10:30am to 12pm and then 3pm to 3.30pm for an appointment the same afternoon from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Friday10am until 10.30am for an appointment the same afternoon from 10:30am to 12pm