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Clients: How we can help

 

King’s Legal Clinic provides free legal advice to members of the public, staff and students at King’s on a range of issues. 

The Clinic also offers legal advice in a range of specialist areas, working with leading law firms and our in house supervising solicitors: 

  • Intellectual Property Advice Clinic: Provides free IP advice to small traders, entrepreneurs, start-ups and organizations on matters relating to patents, trade marks and designs, procedures and forms for registration of IP rights, their protection and enforcement. 
  • Immigration & Asylum (with Duncan Lewis Solicitors) 
  • PwC Legal Clinic (with PricewaterhouseCoopers): Offers advice on a broad range of issues to individuals, sole traders, small business owners and social enterprises. Issues may involve employment, property/housing, contractual issues and intellectual property.
  • Family Clinic (with Stowe Family Law LLP and Wilsons Solicitors LLP)
  • Human Rights and Environment Clinic: Focuses on public interest cases and research projects which aim to protect the environment and promote human rights. Key areas include: Climate change; data rights; migrants socio-economic rights; universal jurisdiction. 

Our law students work under the supervision of qualified lawyers, interviewing clients, analysing their legal problems and researching the issues involved in their client’s case. Clients are then sent a written letter of advice, normally within two weeks of the initial interview.  

FAQs

The service offered by King's Legal Clinic is completely free. We do not charge for the advice we give and do not accept gifts or donations.

We look at a number of factors to decide if we can take a case on, including: How urgent the matter is; If the matter is suitable for mediation; Whether we have the expertise to be able to advise. If we cannot help, we will refer you to an alternative legal service provider who may be able to help. Our Clinic staff assess all requests to see if it is something suitable for the clinic to assist with. If further information is required to help us better assess whether your case is suitable or not, we will get in touch by telephone or email.

We cannot offer appointments to everyone who contacts us. Nor can we provide advice on all legal issues. Some areas we cannot help with are: Debt; Consumer Credit; Some Criminal issues e.g. sexual offences; Welfare Benefits.

We aim to get back in touch as soon as possible after receiving your initial enquiry to let you know if we are able to assist or not. If we are able to take on your case, we will book you an appointment and send you a confirmation letter setting out your appointment date and time, directions on how to get to King's Legal Clinic and a detailed explanation of our service and how we work. If we are unable to assist you, we will try to signpost you to alternative organisations that may be able to help instead.

No. We do not offer a drop-in service. We are only able to help you if you have been offered an appointment with our clinic.

We are not able to offer any advice over the telephone or by email usually. However, during the Covid-19 pandemic, we may conduct our appointments over the phone or using an online conference call platform. No advice will be given during the appointment itself. Advice is only given in an advice letter which you will receive roughly two weeks after an appointment with our clinic.

Our Clinic is open for appointments from Monday to Friday. Appointments normally take place from 17:30 pm onwards. Occasionally we can offer daytime appointments, but this is subject to the availability of our student advisers and the supervising solicitors. We aim to offer clients an appointment in a safe and accessible environment. In light of the Covid 19 pandemic, this is likely to be an online video or telephone appointment. We will endeavour to support our clients in accessing any digital platform or telephone facility. Where it is safe to do so and all the parties agree, we will offer face to face appointments.

We do not undertake casework or represent clients in the courts or at tribunals. However, we can signpost clients to other free legal advice providers who are able to offer representation in court or at a tribunal.

We currently offer appointments for the following specialist services

Immigration & asylum

Immigration & asylum

The Duncan Lewis Immigration and Asylum Clinic can assist with a wide range of immigration matters.

PwC Legal Clinic

PwC legal clinic

PwC UK has partnered with the Clinic to offer advice to people and businesses.

Mediation

Mediation

King's Legal Clinic Mediation Project is a free-to-use community mediation service.