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GiVE Back: V&E Pro Bono Blog

  • 26
  • October
  • 2017

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London Fire: Grenfell Tower Project

The Grenfell Tower fire occurred on June 14, 2017 at the 24-story Grenfell Tower block of public housing flats in North Kensington, London. The fire was reported to have started by a fridge-freezer on the fourth floor and spread rapidly through the whole building. Approximately 80 people died in the fire.

Over the several weeks that V&E helped on the Grenfell Tower project, assistance that still continues, approximately 15-20 of our lawyers dedicated their time assisting at the North Kensington Law Centre, based very close to the site of the fire. These lawyers carried out a variety of tasks, the first of which was to raise awareness of the Law Centre itself so that victims could go to a central place for all their needs and feel safe. Other tasks included speaking to the victims and their families, helping them obtain funds from the government immediately after the fire, assisting with rehousing issues, and ensuring that those people affected had a way to replace important documentation such as passports and birth certificates amongst other items.

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