Lawyers offer free help to homeless Grenfell Tower residents seeking compensation after horror blaze

Many people are still missing after the fire ravaged the tower block (Rex)

London lawyers have rallied together to provide support for residents of Grenfell Tower who have been left homeless and displaced in the wake of the devastating fire.

The huge blaze has claimed the lives of 17 people and destroyed the homes of residents living in the West London tower block.

But as residents attempt to piece their lives back together, lawyers have offered their services in a bid to help them.

The blaze has completely gutted the housing block (Photo: Getty Images)

Posting on Twitter, Jolyon Maugham QC, who is the director of The Good Law project, vowed to help anyone affected by the blaze.

He wrote: ‘If residents of Grenfell Tower want legal help with compensation and responsibility many lawyers will be happy to help. For free. I will.’

He also offered direct advice – and told residents to contact the North Kensington Law Centre, who are acting as an initial port of call for those in need of legal advice.

He added: ‘I am trying to find out from them what legal help they need. When I do I will tweet it out – together with how lawyers can get in touch.’

A later tweet stated: ‘Please. If you need legal help with housing issues, contact Shelter. Ditto, if you’re a housing lawyer and you want to help.’

His support comes after both Prime Minister and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the site earlier today.

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Mrs May faced intense criticism after it emerged her visit was ‘private’ – reportedly failing to meet any of the residents who had been displaced by the blaze.

The first victim of the blaze was also identified as Syrian refugee Mohammad Alhajali.

The 23-year-old was studying civil engineering at the University of the West of London after reportedly  fleeing the war torn country for a better life.