Social Welfare Lawyers in the Centre of Birmingham

The Community Law Partnership

About Us

The Community Law Partnership (CLP) is an award winning, progressive firm of solicitors specialising in the law relating to Housing and Public Law. CLP also does work for Travellers.

CLP is no longer able to offer advice and assistance for benefits and debt as the Government removed them from the scope of Legal Aid on 1st April 2013.

The firm was formed in 1999, by the Founding Partners: Chris Johnson, Rosaleen Kilbane and Mike McIlvaney. We aim to provide quality legal services to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged sections of society who, without our assistance, would be denied access to the legal system and to their rights. We aim to give a personal, expert, efficient and friendly service to our clients.

In September 2015, Craig Keenan and Holly Sherratt joined the partnership, and in April 2018, Nashin Akbar, Samitra Balu and Laura Carter joined the partnership. In addition to the Partners, the firm employs solicitors and highly trained and experienced case-workers. It also takes great pride in its trainee development programme, whereby young graduate lawyers are given the training, guidance and hands-on opportunities to develop into experienced professionals. This legal team is ably supported by an administrative staff of sixteen. Our clients come from a wide range of cultures and ethnicities and our team reflects this rich diversity. We do not act for Landlords – private or public.

We have a highly successful track-record, often in ground-breaking cases – see "Our Leading Cases" on the menu bar above. In 2012, Rosaleen Kilbane won the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award in the social and welfare law category. CLP were awarded Legal Aid Firm of the Year 2017. We were also awarded Law Firm of the Year 2017 (5 to 15 partners) by the Birmingham Law Society. We are ranked in Chambers directory 2014 which says "they're really innovative and take important challenges forward - a really, really dedicated outfit" and "they're so focused and have a stellar reputation."  If you would like to view endorsements of the quality of our work from fellow professionals, or the level of client satisfaction from our clients themselves, please follow the links below.