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 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.
The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre (LAC) offers free legal advice to members of the public and staff and students at Queen Mary.
Legal Advice Sessions
Advice is delivered by LAC Student Advisers under the supervision of qualified lawyers. If you have an advice session with us you will:
- Attend an appointment with two LAC Student 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.
Areas of law
You will be able to receive advice on a very broad range of legal issues, although whether we can take your case depends upon the available expertise of our supervising solicitors. Many different legal issues are covered by our Law in General service. We also focus on specific areas of law, you can find out more and read case studies from our services on:
- Pink Law
- Law for the Arts
- Criminal Justice Project
- Revenge Porn Law
- Supporting those who serve
- qLegal for tech start-ups.
How to book an appointment
Complete our enquiry form to book an appointment.
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 email. We aim to respond within two 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
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.
We are unable to assist anyone whose claim may result in a conflict of interest for the supervising law firms and we reserve the right not to give advice in any particular case. If we are unable to help, we will make every effort to provide details of other free legal advice providers.