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UEL Law Clinic

The UEL Law Clinic is a learning facility for students in our Royal Docks School of Business and Law. Law students offer free written legal advice to members of the public who are unable to pay or obtain legal aid for such legal advice.

Our services

Drop-in session services

We currently hold a drop-in session on Wednesdays from 11am – 2pm (academic term time only).

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 lawcentre@uel.ac.uk.

Please see the section on ‘Interview stage and after’ for further information. 

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.

Student projects

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. 

Mooting
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.

External voluntary opportunities

The Law Clinic has links with external law firms and organisations (such as Duncan Lewis Solicitors, the legal department at the NSPCC) to provide voluntary work opportunities to our students.

Staff

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 basis.

Nicola Antoniou: Director/Supervising Solicitor
Eleanor Scarlett: Supervising Solicitor
Andreea Mare: Law Clinic Legal Assistant 

Partners and sponsors

We would like to thank the following law firms for agreeing to volunteer their services in partnership with our Law Clinic: 

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:

Our policies

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 charge.

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 reserves the right not to give advice in any particular case. In the event of the Law Clinic being unable to help, we will offer to refer your enquiries to other agencies or organisations which may be able to assist.

As an advice service we are only able to offer written advice to our clients. We do not undertake any representation of clients’ cases in courts or tribunals. 

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.

Contact us

    Email or phone

    Please call us on 0208 223 4048 or email lawcentre@uel.ac.uk 
    We are open during term time only.

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