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Legal Advice Clinic

The Legal Advice Clinic provides a valuable public service and exceptional work experience opportunities

Please note that our clinic is temporarily closed.

Regarding Coronavirus

Following Government guidance regarding Coronavirus, the clinic remains closed at the present time.

Citizens Advice has a helpful advice sheet regarding Coronavirus and the issues raised by it, such as what to do if you need help getting care or food; what to do if you can’t pay your bills; working and Coronavirus; and which children can still be taken to school. The advice is updated and can be found here: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

Further information regarding Coronavirus and employment rights can be found here: https://workingfamilies.org.uk/articles/coronavirus/

Information regarding Coronavirus and housing issues can be found here: https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/coronavirus

Some free advice clinics are still offering advice over the telephone or via video link, and you can search for your nearest one here: https://www.lawworks.org.uk/legal-advice-individuals/find-legal-advice-clinic-near-you

If you live or work in the London Borough of Southwark, you may be able to get advice over the telephone from one of the other advice agencies in Southwark here: https://www.southwarkadvice.org.uk/

If you are a woman seeking advice regarding a family matter, criminal law matter, immigration and asylum matter or a sexual harassment at work matter, you can obtain telephone advice from Rights of Women. Full details, including telephone numbers and opening times, can be found here: https://rightsofwomen.org.uk/get-advice/

For free advice about debt online or over the phone, you can contact Step Change here: https://www.stepchange.org/

If you are a parent or carer who needs advice on employment rights or in-work benefits, you can get telephone or email advice from the Working Families Legal Advice Team here: https://workingfamilies.org.uk/advice-information/free-parents-carers-helpline/

If you are a parent, carer or young person seeking advice on a child, family or education law matter, you may be able to obtain telephone or email advice from Child Law Advice here: https://childlawadvice.org.uk/

The following websites also have helpful information regarding a range of legal issues:

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

https://www.advicenow.org.uk/

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en

https://dls.org.uk/ (for disabled people and their carers)

https://england.shelter.org.uk/ (for housing and homelessness advice)

https://www.acas.org.uk/ (for work place rights, rules and best practice)

Legal Advice Clinic

The University's on-campus Legal Advice Clinic is a free public drop-in service, staffed by law students working under the supervision of practicing solicitors. Find out more in the Legal Advice Clinic flyer (PDF File 488 KB).

Based in dedicated and refurbished premises at Clarence Centre, the Clinic provides:

  • basic information on any topic
  • generalist advice in any social welfare law matter (except immigration) including family, housing, employment, welfare rights, consumer, small claims and disputed debts
  • specialist legal advice in family and housing at Thursday evening sessions (accessible via an initial assessment at our daytime drop-in)

Opening times

Please note that our clinic is temporarily closed. When we resume hours will be similar to those below;

  • Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm
  • Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm
  • Wednesdays from 3pm to 5pm
  • Fridays from 10am to 12pm

Please note these times are subject to staff and student availability.

Open Term Time only:

  • Tuesday 28 January 2020 – Friday 3 April 2020
  • Tuesday 28 April 2020 – Wednesday 6 May 2020 (note the clinic will not be open on Friday 8 May 2020 as this day is a bank holiday)

We cannot guarantee to see everyone; please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Our drop-in appointments last up to 45 minutes. If your enquiry is too complicated for us to deal with in that time, we will try to direct you to an appropriate local service.

We are unable to provide advice by phone or email.

Student benefits

Our students gain confidence and boost their CVs. Read our stories for a real insight into students work experiences and the benefits of our courses. Additionally, you can visit the Employability and Enterprise pages for more LSBU workshops and opportunities.

Highly commended for Best Contribution by a Law School

LawWorks and Attorney General's Student Pro Bono Awards

Supervised by leading solicitors

The Clinic's main staff have decades of experience between them of working as solicitors and advocates in private practice, law centres and advice services.

The LSBU Legal Advice Clinic is a member of LawWorks and Southwark Legal Advice Network.

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of the Legal Advice Clinic.

Address:
Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation
126 London Road
Southwark
SE1 0AE

Phone number: 020 7815 5450

Email address: legaladvice@lsbu.ac.uk

Further information

If you are a representative of a local legal firm and would like more information about the Clinic, email Catherine Evans, Director of the Legal Advice Clinic.