Our Legal Advice Clinic is now closed, as we have reached the end of this academic term. We will update our 'session dates' on our website in due course. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to any enquires during our 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
- Welfare Benefits
- 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 Clinic - Session dates
During our Legal Advice Clinic's pilot stage, our sessions operate by appointment-only. We open on Wednesdays (fortnightly) from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Please note that we open only during term-time.
- Wednesday 22nd January 2020
- Wednesday 5th February 2020 - our Legal Advice Clinic will be based at Runnymede and Spelthorne Citizens Advice, Addlestone office (fully booked)
- Wednesday 19th February 2020
- Wednesday 4th March 2020 - our Legal Advice Clinic will be based at Runnymede and Spelthorne Citizen Advice, Addlestone office (fully booked)
- Wednesday 18th March 2020
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.
Telephone / Skype interview
If you are unable to reach our campus, then we may be able to offer you an initial interview session over the telephone or via Skype (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.
Referrals for Immigration/Business Immigration Advice
From February 2020 Five Paper Chambers will be assisting Royal Holloway's Legal Advice Centre by providing free initial telephone advice on immigration and business immigration law.
To use this service, please contact our Legal Advice Clinic to be referred.
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.
Partnerships and Patron
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.