Information for clients
Our Pro Bono Advice Unit offers a wide range of services to a variety of clients.
Free Legal Advice Service
The aim of this service is to provide free, confidential and independent legal advice to the local community whilst giving students the chance to gain practical experience of the legal profession. It covers all areas of civil law, excluding immigration and provided the matter is not too complex and no court proceedings have been issued.
The Advice Clinics
This is a free legal advice service run by student advisers under the supervision of qualified and experienced lawyers. Client enquiries vary from housing problems to matrimonial and employment rights. The students hold a fact-finding interview with the client, identify legal issues, carry out legal research and provide detailed written legal advice.
Our dedicated Advice Clinic is closely supported by Travers Smith Solicitors and is in the process of expanding the service it offers still further in conjunction with The Mary Ward Legal Centre. The Advice Clinic offers day and evening appointments throughout the academic year.
Blackfriars Settlement's Clinic
Blackfriars Settlement is a local inclusive organisation that works individually, and with partners, to help local people - especially those who are disadvantaged - achieve their economic, educational and social potential. It also seeks to encourage local community activity and involvement. The summer of 2005 saw the launch of its Advice Clinic in conjunction with City Law School students and Taylor Wessing, a city firm of solicitors. Students telephone clients who have made an appointment with the Clinic and take full details of their problem. This information is then passed to one of the solicitors who will then advise the client at a face-to-face appointment during a weekly evening clinic.
This programme provides rights and responsibilities awareness training for community groups through legal literacy projects and presentations. Community groups decide what information they would like students to present to them. Students research and prepare material on a wide range of legal issues, as requested by the community client group, under supervision of qualified lawyers. They then deliver interactive learning sessions in schools and other community based settings.
Here are some comments on our services:
Martin Hyde, Solicitor Travers Smith
'Thank you once again for allowing us to play a part in what we believe to be a very successful scheme that has been, and continues to be of considerable benefit to local Holborn residents'
A recent Advice Clinic client.
...I would like to thank you and your team for the work you have done for me. I highly appreciate your Pro-Bono service; in fact, it was the only reliable and helpful source of advice I came across over this issue. Without it, it seems I would have been lost.'
How to contact us
If you need free advice and assistance on any matter of law, we may be able to help. Student lawyers, supervised by teaching staff, can advise you for free. To find out if we can help, contact the Advice Clinic on +44 (0)20 7040 5787.
How to find us
All of our Advice Clinics are situated at 2 - 10 Princeton Street, London WC1 4BH. There is access for wheelchair users and others with mobility problems.