|We have been supporting Queen Mary’s Legal Advice Centre since its inception in 2006. The Legal Advice Centre was set up as London’s first undergraduate-led legal advice centre to provide free legal advice to the local East London community.|
The centre has over the past few years won or been a finalist in a series of awards such as the "Attorney General's Best Team of Students", " Times Higher Education Award for Transference of Knowledge", and the “Attorney General's Best New Pro Bono Activity".
We work with second and third-year law students of Queen Mary University of London, assisting them in providing free legal advice to individuals and companies.
Participation in the centre is open to all solicitors and trainees and our fee-earners take an active interest in the scheme. In fact, trainee solicitor Hannah Smith-Willis was voted Advisor of the Year 2012-2013, while solicitor Alex Hulme received the same honour the previous year. Also, solicitor Naomi Campbell was voted Supervisor of the Year 2013-2014.
In the last year we have supervised 74 cases, advising on contract law, landlord and tenant, employment law issues, discrimination issues and much more.
We are passionate about our work with the Queen Mary and believe we can truly make a difference, not just in helping students further their careers but in providing legal advice to those who would otherwise have no access to such support.
We are honoured by the praise we receive from clients and students alike:
On our advice, a client commented: "The assistance I received was first class. It was professionally delivered and the two students who worked on my case did so with complete thoroughness. It's good to know that such a service exists for people like me who can't afford to instruct a solicitor and I am truly grateful for the time and effort put in by all parties involved."
On our support, a student said: "I enjoyed communicating with the supervisors as this helped me to understand the logical steps they took when dealing with a case. I also enjoyed drafting advice letters to clients as it involved a different set of skills to essay writing."