• Legal advice for
    the public

    Find out about the free
    legal advice we offer

  • As part of our training programme for the lawyers of the future, The University of Law pro bono programme provides free legal advice to members of the public.

    All our advisers are postgraduate students who are training to become solicitors or barristers. They are supervised by experienced lawyers.

    For information on services in your area, please select the relevant tab on this page:

    • The Birmingham centre offers three different services providing FREE information/advice/assistance to members of the public.

      1. Legal Advice Centre

      Do you have a non-urgent legal problem on which you would like written advice?

      If so, our students may be able to help.

      From September to May our students offer FREE initial legal advice. All advice is given in writing usually following interview, under the strict supervision of qualified staff. Interviews are by prior appointment only.

      For further information please telephone: 01483 216050 or e-mail: probono-birmingham@law.ac.uk 

      Are you having difficulty in seeing your children or grandchildren due to a family relationship breakdown?

      Do you need advice following a marital or relationship breakdown?

      If you are West Midlands based, call 01483 216050 or e-mail:probono-birmingham@law.ac.uk in confidence.

      Have you been involved in an accident that is not your fault, or had medical treatment or care you are not happy with?

      Call 01483 216050 or e-mail probono-birmingham@law.ac.uk 

      2. Birmingham Employment Rights Advice Line – BERAL

      Are you an employee?

      Do you have an employment law query?

      If so, BERAL may be able to help you.

      BERAL offers FREE preliminary advice on employment law issues to employees. All advice is given by telephone during weekly clinics on Wednesday evenings between 6pm and 8pm throughout the year. Advice is given by fully qualified specialist employment law solicitors, who work on a voluntary basis.

      To contact BERAL please telephone 01483 216055.

      3. Birmingham Employment Advice Clinic

      Do you have an employment problem on which you would like initial face-to-face advice and assistance?

      If so, the Birmingham Employment Advice Clinic may be able to help you.

      The clinic is an outreach service of the University’s Legal Advice Centre. You can have a FREE individual interview with a specialist employment lawyer who will advise you, with follow-up in writing. The fortnightly clinic is held on Thursday evenings between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

      To book an appointment please telephone 01483 216050 or e-mail probono-birmingham@law.ac.uk

    • Our Bristol centre offers the following service providing FREE information/advice/assistance to members of the public.

      Family Law E-mail Advice Line (FEAL)

      If you are a member of public in search of advice regarding separation, divorce and finances, and issues concerning children, you may wish to contact our Family Law E-mail Advice Line (FEAL) at freelegaladvicebristol@law.ac.uk 

      Please note that we are only able to give advice on a one-off basis, as we do not have the facility to take on the day-to-day management of your case. Please also note that we currently only offer advice on issues relating to Family Law including separation, divorce & finances and issues concerning children.  If you have a different type of legal problem but cannot afford a solicitor, we are able to offer the following links to services which may be of use to you:

      Bristol & Avon Law Centre 
      St Paul’s Advice Centre 
      Bristol Citizens Advice Bureau

    • The Chester centre offers four services providing FREE information / advice / assistance to members of the public.

      1. Legal advice centre

      Do you have a non-urgent legal problem on which you would like written advice?

      If so, our students may be able to help.

      From October to May our students offer FREE initial legal advice. All advice is given in writing after interview and under the strict supervision of qualified staff. Interviews are by prior appointment only.

      For further information please telephone: 01483 216848 or e-mail: chadvice.centre@law.ac.uk

      2. Family E-mail Advice Line (FEAL)

      Are you looking for advice in matters of family law?

      Our Family E-mail Advice Line (FEAL) is a FREE service offering independent, written legal advice on all family issues. The scheme is operated by postgraduate students at our Chester centre. All advice is given in writing and is closely supervised by a practising solicitor, University tutor or our external supervising solicitors if appropriate. As a client, you can be assured that the service you receive will be professional and to a standard similar to that offered by high street solicitors. 

      For further information please e-mail: feal-chester@law.ac.uk

      3. Chester Employment Rights Advice Line – CHERAL

      Are you an employee?

      Do you have an employment law query?

      If so, CHERAL may be able to help you.

      CHERAL offers FREE preliminary advice on employment law issues to employees. All advice is given by telephone at weekly clinics on Monday evenings during term time. Advice is given by fully qualified specialist employment law solicitors, who work on a voluntary basis.

      To contact CHERAL please telephone 01483 216044.

      4. Contact 4 Kids

      Are you having difficulty in seeing your children or grandchildren due to a family relationship breakdown?

      Telephone 01483 216066 and leave a message. A student will then telephone you back and interview you over the phone gathering all relevant facts. A letter of advice is then sent to you – detailing your position and your next steps.

      More info on Contact 4 Kids

    • The University of Law Guildford Centre offers three different services providing FREE advice/assistance to members of the public.

      1. Legal Advice Centre

      Do you have a non-urgent legal problem on which you would like written advice?

      If so, our students may be able to help.

      From October to the end of April our students may be able to offer FREE preliminary legal advice on a range of issues. Please note that we are not able to provide advice on any matter relating to debt management, crime, immigration, professional negligence, Court of Protection or the drafting of wills. This service is suitable for those who live in the Guildford area since it will be necessary to travel to attend an appointment in the Legal Advice Clinic on our Guildford campus. All advice is given in writing after interview and under the strict supervision of qualified staff. Interviews are by prior appointment only.

      For further information please telephone 01483 216865

      2. Guildford Employment Rights Advice Line Direct – GERALD

      Are you an employee?

      Do you have an employment law query?

      If so, GERALD may be able to help you.

      GERALD offers FREE preliminary advice on employment law issues to employees. All advice is given by telephone at weekly clinics held on Wednesday evenings throughout the year (fortnightly during July and August). Advice is given by fully qualified specialist employment law solicitors, who work on a voluntary basis.

      To contact GERALD please telephone 01483 216141.

      3. Brighton Leasehold Advice Clinic – BLAC

      Are you a landlord or tenant under a long lease in the Brighton, Lewes or Seaford areas?

      Are you having problems such as excessive service charge demands or managing agents who don’t do their job?

      If so, our students may be able to help.

      BLAC holds monthly clinics in Brighton where advice is given by volunteer specialist property lawyers. Advice in the BLAC clinic is by attendance at the clinic on an appointment only basis and subject to your providing copies of all relevant paperwork in advance.

      For further information please telephone 01483 216865.

    • Our aim is to help those members of the community who, due to financial hardship, would not otherwise be able to access such advice.  Our London centres offer a variety of services providing FREE legal advice during the following periods of each academic year:

      • July to August
      • September to November
      • February to March

      Please note:

      • outside of these periods voice or email messages will not be checked
      • we are unable to deal with urgent queries for example where you have an upcoming court hearing or pending court deadline.

      Legal Clinics

      For all of our clinics a student will first take specific details regarding your enquiry via a telephone interview. Your matter will then be assessed by a supervising solicitor and if deemed suitable will then be allocated to one of our clinics.

      1. Legal advice clinic - Employment or private assured shorthold tenancy matters.

      A further telephone interview will be arranged by appointment with a group of students and a supervising solicitor. The students will then provide preliminary advice in writing under the strict supervision of a solicitor.

      2. Telephone advice clinic - Employment and family matters.

      An appointment will be arranged whereby you will be advised by telephone by a volunteer lawyer who will be joined by a group of our students.

      Contact

      When contacting us please provide a brief summary of your problem together with a contact number. As emails and telephone messages are monitored by student volunteers there may be a delay in us responding to your query.

      Telephone: 01483 216528

      E-mail: ssadvice.centre@law.ac.uk

    • Currently there are no legal advice schemes running in the Manchester centre.

    • Legal Advice Clinic

      Do you have a non-urgent legal problem on which you would like face-to-face and written advice from a specialist solicitor? If so, we may be able to help.

      Our Legal Advice Clinic in Leeds runs all year around. We provide FREE assistance on family, housing and employment issues. We offer clients a free 30 minute face-to-face appointment with a qualified external solicitor which is then followed up by a letter of advice sent to our clients within 3 weeks. The letter is written by our students, but is checked by the specialist solicitor and our in-house supervising solicitor before it is sent. Our advice is given under the strict supervision of qualified staff.

      For further information and to book an appointment please telephone 01483 216115 or email us at lac-leeds@law.ac.uk. Please remember to leave as much information as possible including a contact telephone number so we can contact you regarding your query.

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