Legal Advice Centre

Legal advice

The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre is committed to providing free legal advice services for members of the public and Queen Mary staff and students, whilst meeting the educational needs of our students. We are a student law centre (and therefore our clinic is a teaching and learning environment).  However, we do aim to comply with the professional standards applicable to the legal profession. We are not regulated by the Law Society of England and Wales and do not hold ourselves out to be a solicitor's practice. We are however a member of LawWorks and are committed to Pro Bono Protocol.

Scrabble tiles spelling out

Legal Advice Sessions

Advice is delivered by LAC Student Legal Advisers under the supervision of qualified lawyers. If you have an advice session with us you will:

  • Attend an appointment with two LAC Student Legal Advisers and a qualified lawyer.
  • Receive free written advice within fourteen days.

The aim of the appointment is for us to understand your legal issues and to gather information, we do not provide legal advice during the appointment. Once we have considered your issue we ensure that any legal advice we provide is checked by a qualified lawyer. Then we will advise you on your legal position and what steps to take next. 

We do not undertake casework or represent clients in the courts or at tribunals, but we can refer you to other free legal advice providers who are able to offer representation. You will need to visit a legal advice centre (such as ours) to get this referral.

Anything free today is rare, excellent legal advice for free is unheard of – but you get this from the LAC at Queen Marys
Catherine Weiler - LAC client

How to book an appointment

Email us with your name, contact number and the area of law your enquiry relates to.

Your enquiry will be assessed to see whether we can help you. If your case is accepted we will arrange an appointment for you to visit the Legal Advice Centre. You will need to bring any documents relating to your legal issue with you to your appointment. If you are not based in London we can offer Skype and telephone interviews.

The Legal Advice Centre is only open for appointments during term-time (October to May), we do not offer a drop-in advice service or provide advice by telephone. We aim to respond within three working days, but during times of high demand, this may take a little longer. We will always reply to your email or return your call.

Who we help

The public

We welcome all enquiries from the public and if for any reason we are unable to help you, we will direct you to another free legal advice provider.

Staff and students

Queen Mary staff and students are able to use our services but we are unable to help anyone wishing to pursue a claim against the College, its governors, another employee or a current student.  We can however, provide you with the details of other free legal advice services that may be able to help.

All clients

In the event there is a conflict of interest between a supervising law firm and an aspect of your case, we will need to cancel your appointment.  Where possible we will try to re-book your appointment with another supervising law firm. If this is not possible, we may not be able to take your case on.