MEET THE TEAM
Valerie is a qualified solicitor with eleven years PQE. She is the Founder and Director of Youth Legal and Community Care Solicitor. She has worked in the Not for Profit advice sector since starting her law degree part time at Birkbeck College and working in admin at Central London Law Centre. She then undertook her solicitor's training at Streetwise Law Centre where she began providing legal advice to young people and families with children.
Valerie founded Youth Legal when Streetwise, unfortunately, closed down and has continued to work tirelessly to help young people access their legal rights to housing and social services provision and most importantly providing training so they are aware they have legal rights that are there to protect them.
Georgina studied Law LLB Hons at De Montfort University, Leicester and went to complete the Legal Practice Course at BPP University Law School.
Before joining Youth Legal in October 2018, she worked with Edwards Duthie Shamash as a solicitor in Community Law. She gained her initial experience of housing law and community care law in Foster & Foster Solicitors where she completed her training contract.
Georgina specialises in homelessness and s202 reviews, possession proceedings, disrepair, judicial Review and s204 appeals. Georgina has a particular interest in children’s rights and working with young people and ensuring they are aware of their rights.
Renata Izdebska Wardle
Debt and Money Advice Case Worker
Hope has worked since 2006 as a Debt and Money Advisor and is a member if the Institute of Money Advisors.
He set up the Debt and Money Advice service at Hackney Law Centre and worked there for 9 years.
He then worked at Brent Law Centre before joining us in May 2019 to set up the Debt and money advice service for us including training in Income Maximisation for young people.