Drop-in session services
We currently hold a drop-in session on Wednesdays from 11am – 2pm (academic term time only) at our University Square Stratford campus.
No appointment is necessary. We do advise, however, that clients arrive 5 minutes before the start of the drop-in session.
If you have any other additional enquiries, please contact us either by using our online form or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the section on ‘Interview stage and after’ for further information.
Drop-in sessions are currently closed until October 2018.
Romford Autism Hub Legal Advice Clinic
Our Law Clinic works in partnership with the Sycamore Trust U.K. to provide free legal advice to those affected with autism.
The Sycamore Trust U.K. is a charity that provides services to support clients and their families that are affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ADS) and /or learning difficulties. One of the adult services that the Sycamore Trust U.K. offers is the Romford Autism Hub. The Autism Hub provides the accessibility of services to adults with autism into order to foster a supportive environment and assist with effective coping strategies
We provide free legal advice to the Sycamore Trust U.K. clients on matters such as housing, family, employment, contract/consumer, welfare benefits (in particular DLA under 16 and PIP), and legal information on SEN matters.
We hold drop-in sessions on Wednesdays from 10am – 2pm at the Romford Autism Hub during academic term time. This partnership between UEL and the Sycamore Trust U.K. provides an additional layer of support to those affected with autism.
Our partner solicitors, Duncan Lewis also assist with our services at the Romford Autism Hub by providing free legal advice.
Mooting and debating
The Law Clinic offers students to the opportunity to take part in mooting and debating. The Royal Docks School of Business and Law has its own Mooting Room, and in addition our students are able to make use of available court rooms at Stratford Magistrates’ Court and the Old Bailey. Our moots and debates are judged by internal and external volunteers who are legal professionals, so that students can continually improve their skills.
A moot is a hypothetical case study appearing before one of the appellate courts. Our students are provided with the opportunity to research a legal problem in teams of two and practise their advocacy skills by delivering their legal submissions before a mock court. Our students also have the opportunity to take part in external mooting competitions against other universities.
Have a Debate?
Debating provides our students with the opportunity to discuss topical issues (legal and non-legal) by enabling them to argue and put their views across in live debates. Like mooting, it is the art of persuasion that they learn to master.
Public Legal Education project
As part of our commitment to providing free legal information to the local community, our student volunteers at the Law Clinic draft information leaflets on hot topics for the benefit of our clients. The aim of these leaflets is to provide an overview of the law in a simplistic way.
They are not intended to represent legal advice.
External voluntary opportunities
Director and supervisors
The Director and Supervisors are
responsible for matters such as training, development and administration.
The Law Clinic also has an Advisory Group consisting of members of the Royal
Docks School of Business and Law and partner organisations. The Law Clinic is
also supported by local solicitors who provide their services on a pro bono
Nicola Antoniou: Director/Supervising Solicitor
Eleanor Scarlett: Supervising Solicitor
Andreea Mare: Law Clinic Legal Assistant
Partners and sponsors
We are happy to consider requests from individual lawyers, law firms, chambers or legal advice organisations to become partners of the University of East London Legal Advice Centre.
We are pleased to have the following partner organisations:
We aim to advise clients on their legal
position and the options available to them to resolve their legal problems. As
an advice service, we do not undertake any representation of clients’ cases in
courts or tribunals, or conduct any litigation. We do, however, act as a
referral agency to other organisations that may take on clients’ cases without
The Law Clinic can provide clients with written legal advice, and where resources permit, we can liaise with third parties on behalf of our clients.
Our services are free. We give priority to those cases which do not qualify for legal aid or where clients cannot afford a solicitor. We may also take on cases if we feel that there is no other assistance available from other agencies.
The Law Clinic operates a weekly drop-in session during term time only. All enquiries are considered individually to ensure that they meet the criteria of the Law Clinic.
What happens at the interview?
The first stage is an interview. Clients will not receive any legal advice at this time. Clients will be interviewed by two Student Advisers, who will also set out our policies and client care information.
All communications will be in the strictest confidence, and client files are securely stored in line with Data Protection requirements.
What happens after the interview?
After the interview, our Student Advisers and a Supervisor will review the case and in the event that we can advise on the matter, our Student Advisers will research the case and draft an advice letter setting out the possible options available. Each letter is checked for accuracy by the Director and Supervising Solicitor.
Once the matter has been closed, our Student Advisers will send a final letter with details about the closure and storage of the client’s file.
All Student Advisers undertake extensive training provided by the Law Clinic staff and partner organisations.
The Law Clinic will not be able to assist you in any way where your dispute is with the Royal Docks School of Business and Law, the University of East London, and/ or it members of staff. This is to avoid any potential conflict of interests.
If your matter is urgent and you require immediate legal advice, you should contact a solicitor or other agencies that may be able to provide emergency advice and/or assistance.