Following the success of the Pop-Up legal clinic in Brixton, a permanent service offering free legal advice is to be set up in Streatham Library by Lambeth Legal Services in partnership with LawWorks the pro bono charity, BPP Law School and Lambeth Law Centre .
The clinic is run by volunteers from Lambeth council’s legal team, and students from BPP Law School.The clinic will be held fortnightly, offering consumer and employment Law advice and the first session will take place on Thursday 1st May from 3 – 5 pm.
Depending on demand there are plans to extend the opening hours into the evening.
Alison McKane, Head of Legal Services at Lambeth Council said: “Streatham Library with its new, accessible meeting rooms is an ideal place for the clinic. Worry about legal costs often stops people from getting sensible advice so we’re delighted to be able to offer free advice to local people. Already 14 members of the legal team have signed up to volunteer and we’re exploring how we can set up another clinic hosted by a local community group.”
Lambeth Legal Services has been shortlisted for an Achievement Award for the second year running in the MJ Awards 2014. The submission features the Lambeth Pop Up Legal Clinic, work placement opportunities including those for children leaving care and the Law Society’s Lawyers with Disabilities division, and proposals to set up a legal apprenticeship scheme.
The phone lines are open and anyone needing advice on any consumer or employment issue can call 0207 786 5959.