The Auckland Community Law Centre (formerly known as Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office) gives free legal advice to Aucklanders who can’t afford it. We can sometimes also represent clients who are facing truly life changing legal risks. As a community law centre, we aim to ensure access to justice for Auckland’s most vulnerable people. To this end, we also run community legal education events, like seminars. We exist to serve Auckland’s diverse communities.
As a charity, we depend on grants and on donations from the public to keep providing our services to help Aucklanders, as well as funding from the Ministry of Justice and New Zealand Law Society. While almost all our services are free, in very rare cases we may have to charge certain clients for some kinds of work (but that is very unusual, and we won’t ever surprise you with fees).
For a printable summary of what we do, you can download our pamphlet here.
We have team of eight – including six lawyers. Our team receives support from a wide network of volunteer lawyers and law students. We give particular thanks to Bell Gully, Simpson Grierson and University of Auckland Equal Justice Project for their support.
We are one of 27 community law centres across New Zealand, and so are a member of Community Law Centres o Aotearoa. We provide our services to people who live in the Auckland City isthmus (including Pamnure, Sylvia Park, the central and eastern suburbs, and the inner western suburbs like Avondale) and the North Shore. We also serve the Waiheke and Great Barrier Island communities. If you live outside this region and want to find another community law centre, you can find their details here.
We are based at Level 1, 16-22 Anzac Ave, Auckland Central, but also run legal clinics in several suburbs around Auckland.