Our Legal Advice Centre is currently closed for the student assessment and Winter vacation period. We will reopen our Legal Advice Clinic in January 2022. Please see the below "Session dates". Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to any queries during the period of closure.
The Legal Advice Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London, provides free legal advice and information to the local community. Our Centre is student-led, under the supervision of qualified legal professionals.
If you require free legal advice or information on the following areas of law, please contact us to book an appointment to see a Student Adviser (dates of available sessions listed below):
- Contract / consumer
- Landlord and Tenant
- Other - If you require information or advice on other areas of law, we may be able to refer you to one of our partner law firms for free initial telephone advice (subject to availability and areas of expertise).
Legal Advice Centre - Session Dates
Please note that our sessions operate by appointment-only.
All sessions will take place remotely (via Teams), until further notice.
Wednesdays, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Our new session dates for 2022:
- 19th January 2022
- 26th January 2022
- 2nd February 2022
- 9th February 2022
- 16th February (closed - Reading week) 2022
- 23rd February 2022
- 2nd March 2022
- 9th March 2022
- 16th March 2022
- 23rd March 2022
- 30th March 2022
Once you contact us, subject to availability, you will be allocated a time slot on your selected date.
We may be able to offer alternative appointments, subject to availability.
MS Teams interview
If you are unable to reach our campus, then we can conduct the initial interview session via Microsoft Teams (your advice would follow in writing).
How we operate
We are located on campus. Upon arrival, please report to the Visitors' Centre, Founder’s Building, where you will be greeted by one of our Student Volunteers.
If you require a parking space on campus, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance of your session, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
Please note that immediate advice is not provided at this initial interview. Our Student Advisers will take your instructions and make a copy of your documents. If we can accept your matter, you will receive written advice within four weeks of your interview. At your interview, you will be provided with a copy of our terms and conditions.
We do not offer court representation and cannot undertake case work. We only provide one-off legal advice. Where we cannot assist, or your matter requires urgent attention, we may be able to refer you to one of our partner law firms for free initial telephone advice.
All Student Advisers are supervised by a Supervising Solicitor.
Street Law Clinic
Our Street Law Clinic has various out-reach projects to provide community groups with free legal workshops.
Our students deliver legal workshops under the supervision of qualified legal professionals, or academic members of staff.
If you are interested in working with our Street Law Clinic, please contact our Director, Nicola Antoniou (LAC@royalholloway.ac.uk).
Legal Information Leaflet Project
Student Volunteers work together with legal professionals to produce information leaflets on various legal topics.
These leaflets will be uploaded to our website once completed.
Business Law Information Hub
The Business Law Information Hub is a brand new initiative set up as part of Royal Holloway’s Legal Advice Centre.
The Hub provides free legal information to people on how to set up and successfully run a business, as well as on how to deal with situations of over-indebtedness. There is also a specific section dedicated to student loans.
Our legal information sheets are written by our team of experienced student volunteers under the supervision of a qualified legal and academic team.
The law can sometimes be complicated and so we have compiled this information in a way that is accessible to all.
Partnerships and Patrons
Our Legal Advice Centre has the following professional partnerships, and is grateful for the support and assistance it receives:
- Duncan Lewis Solicitors, London
- Alexander Rose, London
- Horne Engall and Freeman solicitors
- Creighton and Partners
Clio Legal Case Management software, sponsors Royal Holloway's LAC by providing free case management software.
We are grateful to our Patron, David Head, Duncan Lewis Solicitors, who provides his time and assistance to us.