Sometime in the mid-1980s I was drawn into the steering committee set up to establish a 'community law centre' in Lancashire, not thought to be the kind of place law centres normally flourish.  But Blackpool and other Lancs towns had, and probably still have, many of the problems more associated with deprived inner-city areas, especially to do with benefits and housing, or poverty in short.

In due course, cutting the story very short, the Lancashire Community Law Centre, later renamed FLAC - the Free Legal Action Centre, got going.  Soon the lawyers needed photographs of a shockingly ramshackle rented flat for a court case, only to find that contracting a high-street photographer was unaffordable under Legal Aid (several thousand pounds).  So I took the photos, charged a fair price (around 1/10th of that quote) and the Centre won the court case.

So it went on, for dozens and dozens of cases.  The Centre would decide the aggrieved tenant had a good case, a consultant Environmental Health Office would do a report highlighting the deficiencies and I would take the pictures illustrating his report.  In nearly all cases, the landlord's side (often a local council) threw in the towel when they saw the pictures.  A picture is worth a thousand words in court, as elsewhere.

*** Still available to refresh my expertise in this area! ***