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School of Law Legal Advice Centre reopens in new premises

11 Sep 2014

Free legal advice by appointment

The University of Manchester School of Law Legal Advice Centre (LAC) has reopened at new temporary premises, Room 4.062, Crawford House, and is currently taking enquiries in readiness for the next round of appointments.

Please note that appointments are not solely for University staff or students. If you have a local friend or relative with a legal difficulty, we may be able to provide advice for them also.

Appointments on campus, normally two per day between 12pm-2pm, with occasional additional clinics, will begin on Monday 29 September and end on Friday 28 November.

Appointments quickly become booked up and we would advise you to make an early request where possible. We are only able to provide legal advice following a face to face appointment as this is an essential aspect of the students’ practical experience.

At the discretion of the Centre Director, students from the School of Law give advice on a wide range of legal problems, under the supervision of qualified law staff and local practitioners who volunteer their time and expertise free of charge. The aim is to offer a reliable advice service to those with legal difficulties, especially those who have been unable to receive advice elsewhere, and to provide a clinical education experience to the law student volunteers. We hope to advise you on your legal position and what steps you could take next, including referral to other agencies if appropriate. 

After an appointment, your problem is researched by the students who draft a letter of advice to be sent to you once approval is received from the Centre Solicitor. The target for completing the process is two weeks from the date of appointment but this will vary according to the specific complexities of each case. All legal advice will be given in the strictest confidence in accordance with the Law Society Code of Conduct and we aim to comply with the professional standards applicable to any lawyer’s practice.

Any legal enquiry is welcome but we are unable to advise any person who wishes to pursue a claim against the University, its governors, employees or current students or to advise on any situation where a potential conflict may arise. In the event of our being unable to help, we will try to refer enquiries to other likely sources of help.

  • If you have an issue on which you feel we may be able to provide advice, please contact the School of Law Legal Advice Centre on free.legal@manchester.ac.uk, 0161 306 1264 or 0161 275 7976, or in person at our new premises Room 4.062, Crawford House.