Our new free Legal Advice Centre manned by Law students has been a huge success since opening three months ago.

The service, based in the University’s Institute of Management (IoM), launched at the end of September. The centre was set up against a backdrop of reduced access to legal advice, creating a large gap at a time when more people than ever need legal protection.

The centre received almost 100 enquiries and those requiring help were dealt with by the team of student advisors. Topics raised included issues around family, employment, property, commercial, negligence, wills and probate, tax, criminal, contract, environmental and immigration law.

Ian Bowden, Lecturer in Law and a qualified Solicitor Advocate, said he was delighted with the number of people who had contacted the centre for advice.

He said: “The response has been absolutely incredible and it just goes to show that there is a real need for this kind of service in Bolton. The Legal Advice Centre will re-open its doors to the local community on Friday 7 February and the tremendous demand has led to the number of appointments it offers being doubled. The project started with just 14 third year students. To enable us to expand the number of appointments this year we will have 46 second-year Law students joining the team.

These students will be learning as they go along, but they will receive all the support they need which will benefit them massively, as well as providing a high-quality service for the people of Bolton.”

When the centre re-opens, appointments will be available every Friday, between 9:30-12:30 and 13:30-16:30. The morning session has been added to accommodate the number of enquiries.

An online portal, where members of the public can register their legal enquiry can be found at http://www.bolton.ac.uk/legal-advice-centre

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