Barnet residents who need free legal advice on anything from housing, welfare, benefits, children and family to domestic violence, immigration, wills and probate, and debt and bankruptcy can visit the Legal Advice Centre (LAC) at Middlesex University which reopens this month.
Appointments are available every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm during term time and need to be booked in advance. The centre was set up in 2014, in association with STS Solicitors.
"It essential that disadvantaged people in the community have access to legal advice. Our service is an attempt to plug the gap for people who cannot afford legal services while also providing law students with the opportunity to obtain experience in the legal field" Lughaidh Kerin, Middlesex University
The coordinator of the service, Lughaidh Kerin, Senior Lecturer & Director of Clinical Legal Education at Middlesex University, said:
“We are most grateful to Barnet based solicitors Husniye Sera Bazen and Tulay Ustek of STS Solicitors, both of whom graduated from Middlesex University School of Law, for their commitment to this pro bono service by giving back to their community and university.”
"It essential that disadvantaged people in the community have access to legal advice. Our service is an attempt to plug the gap for people who cannot afford legal services while also providing law students with the opportunity to obtain experience in the legal field.”
He added: "There are so many people in need and that do not have access to justice. Cuts to legal aid mean that many people do not access legal help when they need it most and delays can cause extreme hardship.”
Over the next academic year, up to 12 students will have the opportunity to work in the LAC as part of the School of Law's Clinical Legal Education programme.
Consultations to the Legal Advice Centre are by appointment only and can be made by email (MdxLac@mdx.ac.uk) or telephone (07792 663 442).
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