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Staffordshire University Legal Advice Clinic

Staffordshire University Legal Advice Clinic (SULAC) provides free legal advice to the local community and to certain specific sectors.

SULAC is staffed by the University's law students, with supervision and support from lecturers, in house qualified solicitors and local Solicitors and Barristers. SULAC also provides invaluable practical experience to law students who are studying at Staffordshire University.

SULAC aims to provide a valuable service to the local community, providing access to justice in areas of law where it is lacking. SULAC aims to balance that service with also providing clinical legal education to the University’s students, preparing them for a career in law or industry. SULAC provides the University’s students with a set of transferable skills that will be invaluable to them as they progress into the working world.

In light of the significant reduction in legal aid, access to justice is being eroded. Many people find themselves in situations where they need legal advice but cannot access it. This is usually because they cannot afford to pay for it. Clinics like SULAC are essential to bridge the gap.

Our services

We provide free legal advice during term time to:

  • The general public in Stoke and Stafford
  • Officers and staff of prisons and the military
  • Patients, visitors and staff at hospitals
  • MP’s
  • YMCA
  • Patients and relatives referred from Macmillan Cancer Support

We can provide advice on the following areas of law:

  • Employment
  • Consumer issues
  • Housing
  • Personal injury
  • Family law

We do not deal with criminal or immigration matters or provide debt counselling. We also cannot advise you if your case involves a claim or potential claim against Staffordshire University, its employees or students. When we cannot assist you, we may be able to refer you onto an organisation that may be able to help.

Visit our legal advice clinics

While you can drop in for an appointment at one of our clinics, we cannot guarantee that you will be seen as it is a popular service. We would, therefore, suggest that you make an appointment. At your meeting, two law students will interview you, with a supervisor also in attendance. These meetings usually take around 30 minutes.

Please note, we cannot provide advice at your first meeting. We will take full instructions during the interview. If we can assist you, we will provide you with a written letter of advice within 14 days. Please note that we cannot conduct litigation or run cases for you. On rare occasions, we may be able to liaise with third parties on an informal basis. We do not represent clients in Court or at Tribunals.

Our legal advice clinics take place on a Monday at:

Stoke Combined Court,
Bethesda Street,
Stoke on Trent
ST1 3BP.

Tuesdays and Thursdays clinics, in Stafford, move around so please contact us for more information.

Book your legal advice appointment by contacting us at the:

Legal notice

Please note that in some circumstances you may only have a short period of time to deal with a matter and to commence a claim at court or a tribunal. In employment cases, for example, this is usually 3 months. If you miss the deadline, you will lose the right to bring a claim. SULAC does not guarantee that we will be able to assist you, so if you need urgent legal advice or are unsure of any deadlines you should contact another organisation for assistance in the meantime.

SULAC receives many enquiries so will not automatically be able to respond to you as contact will only be made with those clients that SULAC may be able to help. If you do not hear from SULAC within three working days of making an enquiry, you should seek advice elsewhere.

As a client of SULAC you will be expected to sign an Information for Clients form which sets out, in detail, the service that you can expect from SULAC and other important points. You will be asked to sign a copy of the form at the start of your meeting with the student advisors.

SULAC is a member of the Solicitors Pro Bono Group, trading as Lawworks and the Lawworks Clinic Network. Lawworks address is: 48 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1JF. All advice is provided by SULAC and is insured.

All information provided by you is treated in the strictest confidence and subject to SULAC’s data protection policy.
As SULAC uses students to provide advice, it only operates for limited periods of the year, generally during the student’s term-time when they do not have assessments.