Essex Law Clinic
Essex Law Clinic benefits the local community by offering free
initial advice about legal problems while giving our students the chance
to work alongside practising lawyers to advise real clients.
Free and confidential advice
Members of the public, students and University staff can use the
Essex Law Clinic to get free initial advice about a legal problem they
are facing. We offer clients an initial consultation to find out their
legal position and advise them on what steps they can take to remedy the
We operate by appointment and an initial assessment, which is made by
the Clinic Manager, in order to find out whether we can help. Clients
are then asked to attend an appointment and bring with them all relevant
documentation relating to their legal issue.
All legal advice and assistance is given in the strictest confidence.
What we can help with
We can advise on the following issues:
- landlord and tenant disputes
- freehold and leasehold disputes
- employment issues
- consumer issues
- equality issues
- benefits advice
We cannot take appointments for issues that concern immigration,
criminal law, will writing, tax and debt. We also cannot assist any
person wishing to pursue a claim against the University, its governors,
employees or students. Nor can we assist in claims that may create a
conflict of interest for our supervising law firms. We reserve the right
not to give advice in any particular case.
The Essex Law Clinic is not regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation
Authority and does not claim to be a solicitors practice. All law
students participating in the Essex Law Clinic receive thorough training
and adhere to the Pro Bono Protocol.
Essex Law Clinic is based in Essex Law School at our University's
Colchester Campus. We are open for appointments on Tuesday and
Thursday mornings and Wednesday evenings during term-time only.
To book an appointment, please call the Students Union Advice Centre
on 01206 874030 or email
Working in the Essex Law Clinic
In Dececember 2016 our Law and Human Rights Clinics moved into new,
purpose-built spaces. Keir Starmer QC, former Director of Public
Prosecutions and now Labour MP for Holborn and St Prancras, opened the
clinics on 8 December 2016.
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