Student-run clinic offers free legal advice to communities

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

A new legal advice clinic, operated by Law degree students at Staffordshire University, will provide much needed support to vulnerable people.

Staffordshire University Legal Advice Clinic (SULAC) is already up and running in community locations in the City Centre and Stafford and is also taking constituency referrals from Stoke Central MP Gareth Snell.

Students will provide formal written legal advice on a range of issues covering housing, family, consumer, and employment following a face to face interview with the client. The students are supervised throughout the process which will help to build skills and provide real world experience.

Senior lecturer and solicitor Tracey Horton said: “The new Clinic is a direct response to the difficulties faced by the most vulnerable in our society and we are extending the service to staff working in HMP Stafford and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. The clinic will also be offering a priority service to cancer patients via Macmillan Cancer Support.”

“Increasingly people are struggling to get legal advice because of legal aid cuts, court closures and expensive court fees. To add to this, many advice agencies are also having their budgets slashed 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.”

Stoke MP Gareth Snell has welcomed the new initiative which is actively reaching out to those most in need. He said: “Access to justice is a basic human right and I’m delighted that Staffordshire University are taking the initiative where there is clear demand and pressures on advice agencies is high. SULAC will be offering a much needed service in the community and through referrals.” 

SULAC operates during term time at:

• The Dudson Centre, Hanley every Mondays 10am – 4pm
• Signpost, Stafford every Tuesday 10.30am to 2.30pm
• HMP Stafford the first Friday of the month 10.30am to 4.00pm
• Shrewsbury Hospital second Friday of the month 11.30am to 3.30pm

Tracey added: “The new service has been well received, particularly at Signpost which is a grass roots community hub well-used by residents in Stafford.”

“Booking for appointments is going well with visitors saying what a fantastic service we are providing. The students have really thrived in the interviews situations and are totally engaged. The work has been carried out to a high standard so we’re off to a great start.”

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

 

The SULAC contact details:

Telephone

Legal Advice Clinic - 01782 294800
Manager, Tracey Horton - 01782 294458

E-mail

SULAC@staffs.ac.uk

Twitter

@UniversityLegal