A LAW firm has been nominated for reaching out to the mentally ill and homeless.
DH Law Ltd, of Uxbridge Road, opened in Hanwell six years ago and recently took over the old Clock restaurant.
It was nominated by another trader, Piotr Durkalec, who said: “The firm acts for some of the most vulnerable people in the community – the mentally ill and the homeless – and has carried on offering legal aid despite enormous pressure to drop legal aid and take better paid private work.
“The firm always helps local traders and advises residents groups pro-bono (work without payment).
“It also runs three pro-bono clinics a month in Ealing, two in Southall and one in West Ealing, plus a legal clinic for homeless people. As a business they really go the extra mile for their customers and the community.”
Partner Rheian Davies has been named Legal Aid Lawyer of the year for Mental Health work and has just been put on the Thompson Reuters Super Lawyers list for her employment practice.
The former psychiatric nurse said: “We are now working with clients from a different perspective.
“The mentally ill tend to have the most difficulty in dealing with things like benefits so it’s fundamental to have people who can speak on their behalf. It’s very rewarding for us as well.”
The firm has also just started a Saturday employment clinic.