Law

Clinics

Find the service that's right for you

Our evening clinics usually take place on a Monday evening 5.30 – 6.30pm. A pair of student volunteers will meet you to discuss your problem, supervised by a local volunteer solicitor. We do not provide advice immediately at the appointment, but instead we will research your issue and provide a detailed written advice, usually within 14 days.

We treat everything you discuss with us in the strictest confidence. Read our privacy policy and find out more.

This clinic deals with family, employment, wills & administration and civil litigation matters. To use this service, you must contact us here to help us allocate you an appointment. If you prefer, you can phone us to leave a message, and we will call you back within two working days to find out more and see if we can offer assistance.

Please note that we can’t give you advice by telephone or email.

Drop in clinics

We run lunchtime and evening drop in clinics for civil and family matters. A timetable of when these are running is set out below. Volunteer solicitors, shadowed by our volunteer students, will meet with you for 20-30 minutes to discuss your problem and give you verbal advice.

We treat everything you discuss with us in the strictest confidence. Read our privacy policy and find out more.

You can just turn up on the day to see us at our John Foster reception. However, demand can be high so it is useful if you can let us know through this form that you are thinking of coming so we can try to make sure somebody can see you to give you some advice, or we can direct you to another date if the one you are thinking of is looking full. If you prefer, you can phone us on 07968 422574 to leave a message, and we will call you back within two working days to find out more and see if we can offer assistance.

Please note that we can’t give you advice by telephone or email.

Civil drop ins

This clinic offers a 20 – 30 minute slot with our volunteer paralegal, shadowed by students. You will have the opportunity to talk about your problem and get some initial verbal advice.

We are based in the John Foster Building in Mount Pleasant, and if you go to the main reception on the day our volunteers will be there to conduct you to the interview room. There may be a short wait if there are several clients attending but refreshments will be available.

You can just turn up without making an appointment. However, please be aware that space is limited. If you are able, you should contact Rachel Stalker, Legal Advice Centre Coordinator, in advance to check if there are still slots available on the day and time you want to come in.

If there are no slots left on a day when you turn up, or you arrive too close to the time when the clinic is finishing, we will try to fit you in for our next available clinic, or suggest a suitable local alternative service which may be able to help you sooner than we can.

Mondays 12.00 – 2.00pm (please arrive before 1.30pm)

14 January 2019

11 February 2019

11 March 2019

8 April 2019

13 May 2019

To request an appointment with the Legal Advice Centre, please complete the LAC Online Applicant Request Form.

Family drop ins

This clinic offers a 20 – 30 minute slot with one of our solicitor volunteers, shadowed by students. You will have the opportunity to talk about your problem and get some initial verbal advice.

We are based in the John Foster Building in Mount Pleasant, and if you go to the main reception on the day our volunteers will be there to conduct you to the interview room. There may be a short wait if there are several clients attending but refreshments will be available.

You can just turn up without making an appointment. However, please be aware that space is limited. If you are able, you should contact Rachel Stalker, Legal Advice Centre Coordinator, in advance to check if there are still slots available on the day and time you want to come in.

If there are no slots left on a day when you turn up, or you arrive too close to the time when the clinic is finishing, we will try to fit you in for our next available clinic, or suggest a suitable local alternative service which may be able to help you sooner than we can.

Thursday lunchtimes 12.30 – 2.00pm (please arrive before 1.30pm)

Thursday evenings 5.30 – 7.00pm (please arrive before 6.30pm)

 24 January 2019
 7 February 2019
 14 February 2019
 21 February 2019
 14 March 2019
 4 April 2019
 11 April 2019
 2 May 2019

 17 January 2019
 17 January 2019
 7 February 2019
 28 February 2019
 21 March 2019

To request an appointment with the Legal Advice Centre, please complete the LAC Online Applicant Request Form.

Are you going to court without a solicitor?

We are proud to be part of the Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele (CLOCK) scheme, which aims to help you access free or affordable legal advice, or advice from local third sector agencies. To apply for assistance visit their website.

Our CLOCK students volunteer for the Personal Support Unit at Liverpool Civil & Family Court to help you with court papers, explain what you can expect at court, and if needed accompany you to your hearing. Find out more about the Personal Support Unit and the work they can do for you.

Neither the PSU nor our students can give legal advice or representation, but they can signpost you to services that might be able to do so, including the LAC, other local clinics and third sector agencies.

Other Projects

We are expanding

We are employing an in-house family solicitor this year, which will allow us to do more outreach work with local community groups, involving drop in clinics and public legal education. 

We are multilingual

24 of our clinic volunteers speak 16 different languages to a bilingual level. We are working with local law firms to ensure we can offer support to clients for whom English is not a first language, and who may be disengaged from the legal process and/or reluctant to seek advice as a result. Obtaining public funding for interpreters is becoming increasingly difficult.

We are always trying out new ideas

This year we are piloting a criminal law project, working with the Freedom Law Clinic to investigate possible miscarriages of justice.

Together with our Computing Science colleagues and our local professional network we are exploring ways in which Artificial Intelligence can be developed and used for the provision of legal advice in our clinic and the professional education of our students.

Got a question?

Get in touch with the Legal Advice Centre

To find out more information about the services we offer and about volunteering opportunities, please get in touch with us by email. If you would prefer to contact us by phone, you can call us and leave a voicemail on 07968 422 574 - please note, we cannot offer legal advice over the telephone.