Students offer free legal aid clinic in Southampton

Solicitor General Robert Courts KC MP centre with law students and staff at University of Southampton 1A new legal clinic in Southampton that provides free – or pro-bono – advice for residents has been opened by the solicitor general.



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It’s led by trainee lawyers from the University of Southampton who are taking on clients in need of legal aid without cost.

The clinic will advise on some of the most pressing issues facing people and businesses in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – from laws around housing, to social justice, animal rights and the environment.

It was unveiled by solicitor general Robert Courts KC MP who met the student lawyers and said: “I am inspired by their enthusiasm and drive as they begin the first stages of their legal career.

“Pro bono work is so important and allows everyone to access legal support no matter their financial circumstances.

“In my role as Chair of the Attorney’s Pro Bono Committee, I support students volunteering their time for this – it is essential to contribute to the integrity of our justice system.”

Students from the Southampton clinic are offering face-to-face and virtual appointments every week with free legal support.

They will cover several issues including landlord and tenant disputes, consumer rights, family law, civil litigation, and animal and environmental rights.

Clients are seen by law students with legal advice supervised by clinic director Dr Omar Madhloom.

Student lawyer Sophia Hamdam said the free clinic will help people hit hardest by legal aid cutbacks and the cost of living crisis.
The 19-year-old said: “Anyone can come to us for free legal advice, and we will even go to court to support our clients. It will be an invaluable experience for us all on the degree.”

Solicitor General Robert Courts KC MP centre with law students and staff at University of Southampton 1
Solicitor General Robert Courts KC MP (centre) with law students and staff at the University of Southampton

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