About Us

Our purpose is to identify unmet legal need in Norfolk and to work with partner agencies to provide free service to meet that need. We aim to provide access to justice and equality and particularly target our services at disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, e.g. offenders, migrant workers and people with mental health issues.

We were founded in 1985 as the Norwich and District Legal Service Committee, with the aim of meeting the legal needs of people in Norfolk. A committee of unpaid volunteers worked towards meeting the gaps in legal service provision.

In March 2005 we changed our name to Norfolk Community Law Service to reflect our commitment to the whole of Norfolk.

We are registered in England under Company No. 3524607. Our registered office is St Clements House, 2-16 Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1BQ. Registered Charity No. 1069066. 

We are funded by a range of grants and service level agreements, click here for more information.

We also raise funds through our Supporters’ events and membership scheme.

We are  supported by local law firms whose lawyers donate their time to our Legal Advice Rota:

Professional Bodies

NCLS is a member of the following organisations: