Where to go for free legal advice

This week we held one of our regular one-to-one legal clinics at Stephenson Harwood, the RCA’s lawyers. This is an amazing service where students and alumni can meet with £300-an-hour professional lawyers for help with any legal matters arising from their work – for free!

Our next workshop won’t be until next academic year now, but in the meantime, here’s a list of some other places where you can access legal advice for free. And we’ll keep you posted about when the next Fuel legal clinic opens for bookings.  

Artlaw on Artquest
Great resource from Artquest – you can email with specific queries, plus there are plentiful articles and a video channel, Artlaw TV, where artists discuss how their practice intersects with the law

Legal Advice Centre, Queen Mary University
Free legal advice for students and the general public based at the law department of Queen Mary University in London. The team is made up of law students supervised by a professional solicitor. They can’t take on cases, but they can give you in-depth advice on what to do next

Mary Ward Legal Centre
Free advice on debt, employment, housing and welfare for people on low incomes who live or work in London. They also hold drop-in sessions that also deal with other issues such as contract law

Community Legal Advice
Government advice service for people on low incomes or benefits – they’ll also let you know if you’re entitled to legal aid

Citizens’ Advice Bureau
This long-standing, state-funded advisory service also offers advice on legal matters, over the phone, in person or online