Govan Law Centre



Temporary accommodation improvements ‘may not go far enough’

Government plans to improve standards of temporary accommodation across Scotland are a step in the right direction but may not go far enough to help those most in need, according to a senior homelessness case worker.

Published 13 January 2020

SHN Video: Celebrating 25 years of Govan Law Centre

Scottish Housing News (SHN) was in Glasgow yesterday to celebrate 25 years of Govan Law Centre and caught up with George Walker, chair of the Scottish Housing Regulator and Mike Dailly, principal solicitor of GLC.

Published 6 December 2019

Lawyers who took on Serco and its lock-change evictions programme win at Herald Law Awards

A collaboration of lawyers who took on a multi-billion-pound national services company to defend the rights to a home for more than 300 highly vulnerable asylum seekers has won the Judges Award at The Herald’s 2019 Law Awards of Scotland.

Published 28 November 2019

Glasgow City Council must ‘step up and prevent a humanitarian crisis’

Glasgow City Council should be “bold” and do more to aid the plight of the asylum seekers facing lock-change evictions by Serco, according to Govan Law Centre solicitor advocate Mike Dailly.

Published 26 November 2019

Glasgow Winter Night Shelter to open ahead of schedule

Glasgow City Mission has revealed it will open the city’s Winter Night Shelter three days early.

Published 26 November 2019

Glasgow Winter Night Shelter opening date will remain unchanged

Glasgow City Mission has confirmed it is continuing to plan for the opening of the city’s Winter Night Shelter on December 1 after politely declining an offer for funding to open a week early.

Published 21 November 2019

Serco's lock-change evictions of asylum seekers deemed lawful by Scotland’s highest civil court

Scotland’s highest civil court has found that lock-change evictions of asylum seekers without court orders are lawful in a judgment whose implications are "deeply concerning".

Published 14 November 2019

Serco lock-change evictions ruling expected tomorrow

A decision in the case brought against the lock-change evictions of asylum seekers in Glasgow carried out by Serco will be handed down by Scotland’s highest civil court tomorrow.

Published 12 November 2019

Court of Session to hear appeal into Serco lock-change evictions ruling

A legal bid to stop Serco’s eviction of asylum seekers in Glasgow will return to the Court of Session today as an appeal into a ruling that the housing provider’s lock-change policy was not unlawful gets under way.

Published 28 August 2019

Glasgow City Council plans 'threaten safety net of free advice and legal representation'

A council's decision to close a fund supporting the provision of free advice in relation to housing, financial inclusion and social welfare law in Glasgow has been condemned by a leading lawyer.

Published 27 August 2019

Solicitors cast doubt on court action against council over homelessness strategy

A judicial review of Glasgow City Council's homelessness strategy is unlikely to result in meaningful change, solicitors have said.

Published 21 August 2019

Further interim interdicts granted against Serco evictions

Glasgow law centres, advice agencies and charities have come together to prevent the eviction of Glasgow asylum seekers.

Published 16 July 2019

Serco and Home Office urged to halt lock change notices until legal clarification

A coalition of charities has urged Serco to bring an end to its lock-change evictions of asylum seekers, days before the private housing provider is expected to enter the first premises in Glasgow, until the legality of the action is clarified in law.

Published 10 July 2019

Govan Law Centre highlights positive year for housing and homelessness assistance

Govan Law Centre (GLC) has highlighted the positive impact it has had providing assistance in housing, employment, debt, welfare rights and legal work in its newly published annual report.

Published 20 June 2019

Tenants’ union to go ‘on the offensive’ to stop Serco evictions

Scotland’s tenants’ union Living Rent has called for “mass public resistance” to stop the 300 lock changes to be rolled out by Serco in Glasgow.

Published 18 June 2019