On the 18th of May 2022, the University of Suffolk celebrated the launch of the Legal Advice Centre, which provides advice on family law, in addition to legal guidance for new businesses and start-ups.
The full launch of the service comes after a two-month ‘soft launch’ period between February and April 2022, during which the Centre provided assistance and advice to clients on 22 matters.
The Legal Advice Centre was established to support individuals and families who may not be eligible for legal aid, as well as those who do not know they are entitled to it.
It is run by a network of volunteer staff and students working alongside experienced supervising solicitors to provide advice to those most in need of it.
Aleksandra Mach, a Law Student and President of the Suffolk Student Law Society, commented, “What we have done so far as a team within the Legal Advice Centre has been very successful.
“We have managed to reach and assist a large number of people in a short time frame who needed help and advice in both family law and business matters.”
The Centre offers support and legal advice to individuals who may be unsure where to start the legal process on family matters such as relationship breakdown, childcare arrangements, divorce procedure and filling in forms.
Working alongside the Ipswich Innovation Labs at the University of Suffolk, it also provides assistance to those considering establishing a business, offering advice on intellectual property, websites, business structure and practical legal guidance.
Director of the Legal Advice Centre Eleanor Scarlett commented, “I am delighted with the success and development of our Legal Advice Centre; our students have shown great commitment in its creation, from the planning and implementation phase through to advising our clients.
“We look forward to building on this foundation and to the future, ensuring we continue to contribute to our local community through advising those who are most in need and unable to access legal advice.”
If you require assistance, please click here to get in touch with the team.
Photos by Simon Lee
University of Suffolk Press Office