Legal Advice Centre

About us

The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre (LAC) provides a free, accessible, client centred advice service to the public. We act as a first-tier advice agency: providing preliminary advice on the strength of the client’s case, the processes that need to be followed, and an explanation of complex legal issues. Clients come to the advice centre from a wide variety of backgrounds and present a wide range of legal issues.

The award-winning Legal Advice Centre was opened by its Patron, Lord Goldsmith, in 2006. Since its opening, the Centre has advised over 1481 clients. In 2018-19 the Centre had over 100 student volunteers working across various projects as well as over 100 volunteer Barristers/Solicitors.

Our mission statement

The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre has two central aims; educating students, and engaging and supporting the community through the provision of pro bono legal advice.

We endeavour to do this by:

  • providing students with the opportunity to learn legal and non-legal skills through clinical based teaching, learning and experiences;
  • ensuring students understand the value, importance and impact of pro bono work for the community and themselves;
  • striving for every individual to be able to access justice.

What we do

We advise clients on their legal position and what steps to take next. We do not undertake casework or representation of clients in the courts or at tribunals; we do however act as a referral agency to other free legal advice providers who are able to offer representation. It is necessary to attend a legal advice centre such as ours in order to obtain this referral. Read about our free Legal Advice service and find out how you can book an advice appointment.

Student Legal Advisers

Legal Advice is delivered by LAC Student Legal Advisers under the supervision of qualified lawyers.

Partners

The Legal Advice Centre has more than 100 volunteer lawyers who provide their legal expertise on client matters and supervise our Student Advisers. It is through their dedication that our students are able to harness their legal skills and learn how to apply their legal knowledge in a practical context. Read more about the LAC Partners.

Awards

Our success has been recognised by the Attorney General's Pro Bono Awards, LawWorks and The Lawyer. Read more about our awards.