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"Our model of legal support makes us stand out from the rest - we care about our clients’ situations and will help them as much as we can, through our free or affordable services."
Our Services
"One of the greatest challenges to accessing specialist legal advice is that people don’t always recognise that their problem has a legal resolution. Providing people with specialist legal advice quickly so that we can support them to resolve their problem remains a priority for us."


North East Law Centre is managed by an independent Board of Directors which is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting from members of the public or co-opted as necessary in accordance with our organisation’s Articles of Association.The Board of Directors is required to have regard to the independent status of the Law Centre (as are all members of staff).The Board of Directors has overall managerial responsibility for the Law Centre, its staff group, the services that are provided and all other legal responsibilities of the organisation. In practice, the staff are responsible for day-to-day management, subject to review and approval by the Board of Directors.The Board of Directors usually meets every two months for formal meetings and at other times as necessary.

David Slater - Chair

David had a 35 year career in central and local government service, before retiring in 2013. His roles included regeneration, employment, skills, and large scale project management, Human Resources and Finance. David has taken on a number of roles in the voluntary and not for profit sector as a volunteer and trustee. He is married with two grown up daughters and lives in Whitley Bay.

Link to David Slater - Chair's linkedin

Karen Semianczuk

Board member

Link to Karen Semianczuk's linkedin

Jeremy Cripps

Board Member

Link to Jeremy Cripps's linkedin

Andy Wake

Board member

Martin Walker

Board Member

Kimberley Proud

Board Member

Peter Jones

Board Member

Sarah Farish

Board Member

Gillian Bentham

Board Member

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Coronavirus Update

North East Law Centre has temporarily suspended all face to face advice delivery until further notice.  In the meantime, we will continue to support our clients by telephone, email and Skype (where appropriate).

Telephone: 0191 2304777

Email us at

Mobile: 07947 785 008

Text Service: 0748 134 4777