Looking for legal advice?
During the COVID-19 crisis, we are still offering free legal advice but all appointments will take place online using video conferencing.
Please email us and we will contact you to arrange a Zoom meeting to take some preliminary information and decide if we can make an appointment for you.
Hertfordshire Law Clinic provides free legal advice to members of the public and University of Hertfordshire staff and students.
It also helps our students acquire the skills and experience they will need to practise as lawyers.
We aim to comply with the professional standards applicable to the legal profession. However, we are not regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and do not hold ourselves out to be a solicitor's practice.
We are registered as a LawWorks clinic.
Areas we can help with
We are able to provide advice on the following issues only:
- Family law
- Employment law
- Intellectual property and commercial law
- Powers of attorney
- Housing law
Who we help
We welcome all enquiries from the public and if for any reason we are unable to help you, we will direct you to another free legal advice provider.
University of Hertfordshire staff and students are able to use our services, but we are unable to help anyone wishing to pursue a claim against the University, its governors, another employee or a current student.
How it works
Advice is delivered by Student Advisers under the supervision of qualified lawyers. If you have an advice session with us you will:
- Attend an appointment with two Student Advisers.
- Receive free written advice within fourteen days.
The aim of the appointment is for us to understand your legal issues and to gather information, we do not provide legal advice during the appointment.
Once we have considered your issue the students will, under the supervision of a qualified lawyer, research the law and provide you with a letter setting out their legal opinion. We aim to send out letters within 14 days of the appointment. Our service is entirely free.
Some of the clinics are able to draft further documents e.g. the Power of Attorney clinic can prepare Powers of Attorney.
We do not undertake casework or represent clients in the courts or at tribunals, but we can refer you to other free legal advice providers who are able to offer representation.
The Law Clinic is only open for appointments during term-time (October to July), we do not offer a drop-in advice service or provide advice by telephone. We aim to respond within three working days, but during times of high demand, this may take a little longer. We will always reply to your email or return your call.