What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is a means of empowering people by supporting them to assert their views and claim their entitlements and when necessary representing and negotiating on their behalf in order to create a fairer society.

Legal Parameters to Advocacy:

  • Constitution & Bill of Rights
  • Equality, Social Welfare & anti-discrimination legislation
  • Disability Act 2005
  • Mental Health Act
  • Comhairle Act 200 and Citizens Information Act 2007

Barbara Lesniak, founder of Ctas has unique professional qualifications and an extensive advocacy experience on a broad range of public and social services both: in Ireland and Poland.

Professional Qualifications:

  • LL.M (Masters of Law) in International Human Rights Law, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Certificate in Information, Advice and Advocacy Practice and Social and Civil Information, FETAC, Citizens Information Board
  • Advocacy Practice Programme, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
  • Employment Law  Diploma, WMC, Galway

What can Ctas do for you?

  • Legal research 
  • Active negotiation
  • Litigation – formal appeals process

Rights Commissioner
Employment Appeals Tribunal
SW Appeals
HSE Appeals
Equality Tribunal

 Principles of Advocacy

  • Act in the client’s best interest
  • Act in accordance with the client’s wishes and instructions
  • Carry out instructions with due diligence and competence
  • Act impartially and offer independent advice
  • Maintain rules of confidentiality
  • Act within the law
Call Barbara at Ctas on 087 750 70 91 or reach us via Contact Form

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