Keeping food on the table: protecting low income CLC clients

The Consumer Action Law Centre (CALC) will visit Bendigo next week to provide free consumer law training to our legal service volunteers, local solicitors, financial counsellors and other local community workers who are working with clients to keep food on their tables.

The Consumer Action Law Centre is a specialist Community Legal Centre (CLC) based in Melbourne. They are a campaign-focused consumer advocacy, litigation and policy organisation funded jointly by Victoria Legal Aid and Consumer Affairs Victoria.

This workshop flows from a Legal Services Board grant to Consumer Action Law Centre that enables it to provide training, materials and casework advice and support to Victorian CLCs in relation to consumer law as it affects low income clients, many of whom struggle to keep food on the table when hit with consumer debt. The funding also allows CALC to provide after hours access to specialist consumer legal advice for CLC volunteer solicitors.

This one-hour workshop will be presented by Celia Tikotin, from CALC’s Legal Practice. Celia will work through the following scenarios:

  • Is your client judgement proof?
  • Do they have a low income with no assets?
  • Do they have assets or income at risk?
  • Must your client pay?
  • Is bankruptcy a viable option?
  • How do the new credit and debt collection laws help?
  • Compulsory external dispute resolution for all lenders and collectors of consumer credit
  • Responsible lending
  • Hardship variations
  • Other legal defences

Keeping Food on the table – event details

When? Tuesday 14 August 2012, 11am-12pm

Where? Board Room, Advocacy and Rights Centre, 54 Mitchell Street, Bendigo

Cost? Free

RSVP & Enquiries? Peter Noble, Coordinator, Loddon Campaspe CLC, (03) 5444 4364

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