Staffordshire University connecting community with access to justice

“The students are supervised throughout the process and crucially the Clinic will also provide our students real world experience and will help build confidence and client interview skills which in turn boosts their employability.”

Senior lecturer and solicitor Tracey Horton

Please note the last clinic is W/C 8th April 2019 recommencing October 2019

Staffordshire University has announced details of a new service to provide free legal advice to the general public and certain sectors of the community across Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Staffordshire University Legal Advice Clinic (SULAC) will launch in October and following a face to face interview with the client, students studying on the University’s law degrees will provide formal written legal advice on a range of issues covering housing, family, consumer, and employment.

Senior lecturer and solicitor Tracey Horton said: "Access to justice is a fundamental human right. Increasingly people are struggling to get legal advice because of legal aid cuts, court closures and expensive court fees.

"In addition to the difficulties people are having accessing solicitors, a lot of local advice agencies are also having their budgets cut and are closing which makes the situation much worse. The people needing this advice are ordinary people dealing with every day issues such as divorce, access to children, loss of jobs and personal injury.

"The new Clinic is a direct response to the difficulties faced by the most vulnerable in our society and in addition to regular weekly clinics, we will be extending the service to staff working in HMP Stafford and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital once a month. The clinic will also be offering a priority service to cancer patients via Macmillan Cancer Support."

Following its launch, the Clinic will be held each Monday during term time in The Dudson Centre in Hanley which is home to a number of organisations including Gingerbread, Healthwatch and Action for Children. Every Tuesday the Clinic will move to the Signposts community hub in Stafford.

The clinic is also looking to work closely with local MPs in a bid to support Staffordshire constituents with legal matters.

Tracey added: "The students are supervised throughout the process and crucially the Clinic will also provide our students real world experience and will help build confidence and client interview skills which in turn boosts their employability." 

The Clinic will not be advising on criminal and immigration cases and will not be offering debt counselling.

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