• Chester College of Law Students Offer Free Legal Advice to Local Community

    1 December 2008

    Students manning an advice service at The College of Law in Chester, which gives free legal guidance to the public, are ready for action now that the current academic year is well underway.

    Students at The College of Law in Chester hard at work in the Legal Advice Centre.

    Students at The College of Law in Chester hard at work in the Legal Advice Centre

    The Legal Advice Centre based at the Christleton centre can help people with a range of legal issues that need to be resolved, from family matters, neighbour disputes and consumer wrangles to employment problems and probate queries.

    Clients make an appointment at the centre and are interviewed by students, who then carry out detailed research into the matter. They draft a letter advising the client of the most appropriate action, which is carefully supervised and checked by a qualified solicitor.

    The scheme is part of the College’s award-winning pro bono work, which is aimed at people from the local community and wider North West region, who may otherwise be unable to afford access to legal advice.

    Heather Smith, director of pro bono at the College, said: “This is an opportunity for students to get experience in dealing with a real case. They gain valuable first-hand experience of client relationships, legal research and drafting while at the same time benefitting the community.”

    Anyone wishing to make an appointment at the Legal Advice Centre should call Madeleine Swann Manning on 01483 216848.

    Further information

    Contact Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk).