Our student-led Legal Advice Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London opened its doors in January 2020.
We provide free legal advice and information services on various areas of law to address unmet legal needs in the community. Our Student Advisers are provided with an invaluable opportunity to see how the law works in practice, whilst being supervised by practising solicitors. They also have the exciting opportunity to partner with the local Citizens Advice Bureau in Addlestone, where we advise some of their clients.
Students across the Department of Law and Criminology also engage in a wide range of outreach projects and clinics at the Legal Advice Centre, which have included the following:
- With supervision from Legal Lifelines and Red Lion Chambers, students are working on a project called, "I See You", in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
- The Street Law Clinic, where students engage with various partners to deliver interactive legal workshops.
- We have recently set up a Law Clinic at HMP Coldingley advising prisoners on family law matters, in partnership with Creighton and Partners Solicitors.
- Along with 10 other institutions that are part of the University of London, some of our students have joined the Refugee Law Clinic based in Central London.
- We have a specialist referral clinic for Business Immigration Law with barristers at Five Chambers.
Our public legal education project invites external speakers to deliver workshops and webinars on hot topics on law. We also work on information leaflets to explain the law in a simple and accessible way. Our students are currently working on leaflets on the areas of housing, employment, and family law, which will be added to the Legal Advice Centre’s website. In addition, students are preparing accessible hard-copy leaflets for prisoners in HMP Coldingley on family law matters.
Our research-led projects have also appealed to our students and we are currently working with the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association.
Students are currently investigating the effects of Covid-19 on the Afghan community in both England and in Afghanistan. Our long-term goal is to work with the Association in Afghanistan to research the legal vulnerabilities of women in Afghanistan, with the aid of a research grant supporting international collaboration. Recent reports highlight that lockdown and quarantine measures will have a long-term impact on the basic rights and freedoms of Afghan women, who already face hardship.
The Legal Advice Centre prepares our students for practice in the legal world, and gives them a chance to be legally creative, making a real impact in helping people in our communities.
If you are a potential client looking for free legal advice please read more about our services here.