The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre's 'Law for Forces' programme doesn’t exist to pass judgement on the rights and wrongs of war – we’re here because we believe there is a need for our services. There are an estimated 3,000 charities in the UK that assist those currently serving or those who have served in the armed forces, but very few of them provide free legal advice.
That’s where we come in. We offer free legal advice to those currently in the Armed Services, to those who have served, and to the families. We provide a safe and confidential environment for you to talk about your legal issues and will give written advice within fourteen days of an appointment. If we can't help, we will signpost or refer you to an alternative organisation that can.
Catherine was the Chief Executive of the Army Families Federation (AFF) and discovered the LAC’s newest project (Law for Forces) through a poster received by the AFF. Catherine needed advice on a property dispute with her neighbour about a ‘right to access’ and thought this would be a good way to see what the LAC had to offer. The LAC provided a thorough explanation of a complex area of law and drafted a letter for Catherine to send to her neighbour’s solicitor. Since receiving this advice, Catherine said of the LAC “it will be my pleasure to promote your very valuable service to the Armed Forces” and has posted the LAC’s details on the AFF Facebook page, Twitter and newsletter. The LAC was delighted to be able to invite Catherine to the House of Commons where the project received the runner-up award for ‘Best New Pro Bono Project’.