Law Centre

The University of Manchester, School of Law Legal Advice Centre (LAC) provides free legal advice to members of the public.

The centre is normally open during term time only. Students from the School of Law give advice on a wide range of legal problems, under the supervision of qualified law staff and local solicitors and barristers.

In October 2009, we were able to open a second Legal Advice Centre at The Settlement in East Manchester (EMLAC) which is open throughout the year by appointment. No charge is made for the service.

Aims of the Centres
The aim of the Centres is to offer a reliable service to those with legal difficulties (especially those who have been unable to receive advice elsewhere) and to provide practical experience (clinical education)
to the School’s students. (We reserve the right not to give advice in any particular case).

We reserve the right not to give advice in any particular case

In the event of us being unable to help, we will try to refer enquiries to other potential sources of help.

What the Centres do
We hope to advise you on your legal position and what steps to take next, including referral to other agencies or practitioners if necessary. After an appointment, the client’s problem is researched by the students who draft a letter of advice, which, after approval by the Centre lawyer, is sent by post or email to the client.

In certain circumstances, we are able to take cases beyond the initial advice, however we are unable to represent clients at tribunals or court.

Where it takes place

  • Either at the LAC which is situated in Crawford House, on Booth Street East.

or

  • At EMLAC, which is situated at The Manchester Settlement in the New Roundhouse on Ashton Old Road in Openshaw.

Once an appointment has been made, a letter of confirmation together with directions and further client information on our services will be sent.

Who runs it?
The Centre Solicitor is responsible for the legal management and the Centre Administrators are responsible for the day to day running.

Confidentiality
All legal advice will be given in the strictest confidence in accordance with Law Society Code of Conduct.

Standards
The Centres aim to comply with the professional standards applicable to any lawyer’s practise. In January 2002, the LAC was awarded the Community Legal Services Quality Mark for General Help, renewed in 2010.

HOW IT WORKS

School of Law Legal Advice Centre

To book an appointment at the LAC:

  • Tel: (0161) 275 7977 or (0161) 275 7976
  • Email: free.legal@manchester.ac.uk
  • Call in to the Centre’s office: Room 4.062, Crawford House, Booth Street East, M13 9QS
    Monday to Thursday 10am – 4:30pm
    Fridays 10am – 3:30pm

 

The Centres welcome any legal enquiry but are unable to advise any person who wishes to pursue a claim against the University, its governors, employees or current students or to advise on any situation where a potential conflict may arise.