Our mission and purpose:

Brixton Advice Centre promotes access to justice through the provision of good quality legal advice, assistance and representation to people who would otherwise be unable to afford legal services

We are a local organisation. It is our aim to work individually and with partners to help local people, especially those who are disadvantaged, to achieve their economic, educational and social potential. We do this through the provision of expert legal and advice services and by encouraging local community activity and involvement

Our history:

Brixton Advice Centre was founded in 1966 as a Family Advice Centre by a group of volunteers from the then Children’s Department of Lambeth Borough Council. The Centre moved to its present Railton Road shop front premises in 1974 and added regular general advice sessions to the existing, predominantly legal, evening sessions. Lambeth Borough Council increased its funding to reflect the Centre’s growing reputation for good advice and legal work

In 2000 the centre achieved the Community Legal Services Specialist Quality Mark in Housing, Employment, Welfare Benefits and Debt, enabling us to provide legal aid to eligible clients in these areas of law

In 2005 the Centre further expanded its services through the Capitalise partnership, accessing funding from the then Department of Trade and Industry providing complex debt and money advice, including representation in applications for Debt Relief Orders and in bankruptcy

You can find out more about our current services here

CLR James:

165 Railton Road was the last home in England of the great West Indian activist, historian and cricket writer Cyril Lionel Robert James. English Heritage has awarded the Centre a Blue Plaque to commemorate this, which was erected in 2004


You can read more about the history of Railton Road here [Stories of Railton Road – clickable link]

Brixton Advice Centre is a charity and is funded through donations and by:


Registered Charity No. 291484. A Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered Office: 167 Railton Road London SE24 0LU. Registered in England No. 01893924. VAT No. 730882725