Our legal advice clinics provide free initial, one-off advice by lawyers who volunteer their time with us.
Volunteer legal advisers help people in our community – including those on low incomes who aren’t eligible for legal aid – to understand their rights and know what steps they can take next.
We run up to 16 busy advice clinics each week, with more than 50 pro bono volunteers a week giving advice – currently by phone. Last year they advised more than 4,000 people on issues including housing, rent deposits, family, employment, immigration and small claims.
You can see what an advice clinic looks like in more normal times, in this clip from the BBC’s The One Show filmed prior to lockdown.
If you have an an free initial advice appointment booked with a volunteer legal adviser, find out what you’ll need to do for it here.
At a glance
people advised by volunteer lawyers last year
worth of legal advice provided to our community
8 in 10
people leave with a better understanding of their problem
More information about advice clinics
What you’ll need for your free initial advice appointment
If you’ve been offered a free initial advice appointment with one of our volunteer legal advisers, please read this useful information about what you’ll need.
Impact of community legal advice clinics
8 in 10 people leave our free community advice clinics with a better understanding of their legal problem, and would recommend the clinics to someone else.
Volunteer – pro bono
Our dedicated volunteer lawyers share their time and expertise with local people, so that everyone can have equal access to justice and can defend their rights.