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August Service Update

Our advice clinics for debt, small claims and consumer matters are closed for the month of August, reopening on Monday 5th September 2022. We will not be able to book new enquiry appointments in advance so please contact us in early September if your matter is not urgent, otherwise, please seek assistance elsewhere.

If you have an existing matter with us and you have an urgent deadline, please contact us.

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Solicitor Apprentice Vacancy

Solicitor Apprentice – Vacancy

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic solicitor apprentice to join our team based in Bethnal Green. Candidates would need to have completed their LLB law degree and be available to commence their solicitor apprenticeship course in September 2022.

You can find out more information on solicitor apprenticeships as a route to qualifying as a solicitor at https://www.sra.org.uk/become-solicitor/sqe/solicitor-apprenticeships/

Aspiring solicitors can qualify through the solicitor apprenticeship. This provides an alternative to the traditional qualification route through university and may suit candidates who want to ‘earn as they learn’. As an apprentice, your training and assessments are paid for through the apprenticeship levy fund.

Solicitor apprentices must pass the SQE assessment to qualify as a solicitor. The apprenticeship includes SQE training, as well as the assessments, and typically takes …30 months for those with LLB law degrees. At the end, providing apprentices pass the assessment and meet our character and suitability requirements, they can qualify as a solicitor.”

Please see the full vacancy details and make your application here. If you have any difficulty please email jennie@legaladvicecentre.london

Salary: London Living Wage (plus 5% contribution to Pension Scheme)

Closing date: 5pm Monday 18th July 2022

Job and Person Specification

We recognise the positive value of diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements for this role.

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Holiday Closure 2021

The Centre will be closed from Monday 20th December 2021 – Tuesday 4th January 2022.

For urgent queries during this time please contact civil legal advice on: 0845 345 4345

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Family Law Solicitor – Vacancy

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic solicitor to join our small family team based in Bethnal Green.

We are seeking a family law solicitor to undertake a wide range of casework. The solicitor we are seeking should have recent family law casework experience and a minimum of one-year PQE.

Please see below for the role description and person specification. To apply please send a CV and cover letter to jennie@legaladvicecentre.london stating “Family Solicitor Application” in the subject.

Salary: £40,000 (FTE) (plus 5% contribution to Pension Scheme)

Closing date: 5pm Thursday 3rd June 2021

We recognise the positive value of diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We are happy to consider part-time working and other flexible working arrangements for this role.

JD and person spec – Family Solicitor 2021

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NEW Migrant Special Support Project

We are happy to announce the launch our new Migrant Special Support Project.

This is a new model of advice aimed at providing specialist support for those whose first language is not English or those who have limited use of it.

The Migrant Special Support (MSS) Project offers a tailored service to the user. The MSS caseworker will make regular contact with these users and offer ongoing structured support via regular meetings. The support offered will include legal advice and casework, an income maximization assessment, assistance with personal money and debt management, soft training on improving life skills and referral to other services such as local colleges and ESOL. MMS will also act as a referring organisation to other beneficial services such as mental health day centres, alcohol and/or drug management programmes, women’s support groups and other similar services where appropriate.

The aim of the project is that the users will develop better life management skills through targeted intervention. It will stop clients repeatedly calling upon advice agencies by assisting them to address issues early before reaching regular crisis points.

Clients can be referred to us through our website at https://legaladvicecentre.london/migrant-special-support-project/ or by telephone 020 3606 0372.

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80th Birthday

In 2021, the Legal Advice Centre is celebrating 80 years!

More information on how we will be celebrating coming soon.

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Free Legal Writing Tool

Badly treated at work? Use Virtual Lawyer to write to your employer. 

Virtual Lawyer is a free to use tool that helps you write a letter to your employer. It is an award-winning tool developed by the team at Monaco Solicitors who are experts in employment law and legal technology.

The tool is designed to be easy to use by everyone, not just lawyers. It helps you draft a letter quickly using paragraphs relevant to your employment issues. All paragraphs in the tool have been written and reviewed by specialist employment lawyers.

How does it work?

It’s a simple three-step process:

  1. Answer a brief questionnaire about your circumstance at work: The tool will ask you a short list of questions and then recommend a selection of relevant paragraphs which you can include in your letter.
  2. Construct a letter from paragraphs: You can read through the recommended paragraphs to decide which ones are most appropriate for your case. Simply drag-and-drop these paragraphs to construct the fundamentals of your legal letter.
  3. Preview and amend your draft letter: Once you are happy with your selected paragraphs, you can preview the final letter. You can then copy your letter into your favourite word processing tool to make the final tweaks.

Virtual Lawyer is completely free and anonymous. There is no need to sign up, or give any of your personal details.

What happens after I write my letter?

Our users use Virtual Lawyer in different ways.

Some of our users feel confident about approaching their employer with their drafted letter. Others may approach pro bono services, like Legal Advice Centre, or other solicitors to get a second opinion. And others use Virtual Lawyer as a way to understand how employment law may apply to their circumstance, and then decide on an action at a later stage.

Can I trust Virtual Lawyer?

All of the content in Virtual Lawyer is vetted by lawyers who are specialists in Employment Law.

The tool is designed by a team of law and technology experts, who are enhancing the recommendations provided to you through the use of cutting-edge AI techniques and data science technology.

How does Legal Advice Centre work with Virtual Lawyer?

Virtual Lawyer is a tool built to improve access to justice and empower everyone to self-help on legal matters.

Legal Advice Centre is working in partnership with Monaco Solicitors, and provides important input into how Virtual Lawyer will evolve in the future to better meet the needs of the public.


I have some problems using the tool. Who do I contact?

Get in touch with the Virtual Lawyer team at communications@monacosolicitors.co.uk

I would like to offer feedback to improve the tool.

We always welcome feedback. Simply get in touch with the Virtual Lawyer team at communications@monacosolicitors.co.uk

In addition, we are looking for people who are interested in being part of our user research. In a user research session, participants walk us through their experience of using the tool. The session takes 30 minutes, and your feedback will provide us with great insights on how to improve the app.

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LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2020

The LawWorks Pro Bono Awards recognise and celebrate achievement in legal pro bono work, undertaken by organisations and individuals, and the commitment of the legal sector in enabling access to justice.

We have been shortlisted for three awards:

  • Best Contribution by an Individual – Eddie Coppinger
  • Best Contribution by a Pro Bono Clinic – Dracaena Webcam Advice Project: Dracaena Community Centre, Legal Advice Centre (University House), Charles Russell Speechlys and White & Case
  • Best Digital/Virtual Pro Bono Activity (a new award for 2020) – Advice Portal

The annual LawWorks Pro Bono Awards will be livestreamed at 6pm on Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

The judging panel for the awards are:

  • Stephanie Boyce, Deputy President of the Law Society
  • Ruth Daniel, Chief Executive of the Access to Justice Foundation
  • Paul Rogerson, Editor of the Law Society Gazette
  • Adam Tear, Chair of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court advocates
  • Chris Minnoch, Director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group
  • Koser Shaheen, Chair of the Law Society’s Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division
  • Heidi Sandy, Chair of the Law Society’s Women Lawyers Division
  • Yasmin Batliwala, Chief Executive of Advocates for International Development
  • Mark Evans, Chair of Wales Committee of The Law Society and Council Member for North Wales
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Coronavirus Update

We are now doing telephone and webcam advice every week by pre-booked appointments only and we will continue to do this until we and the volunteer advisers can go back into the office.

If you want advice, please contact us using our contact form or phone us during the telephone opening hours below.

0203 606 0372 – Monday – Thursday 9:30am – 4pm

Day Morning Advice
Evening Advice
Monday Benefits Housing
Debt
General Litigation
Small Claims
Consumer
Tuesday Family
Wednesday Housing
Debt
General Litigation
Small Claims
Consumer

 

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Family Law Advice During COVID-19

Do you still need Family Law advice during COVID-19?

We’re still open during COVID-19 to help you.

We’re still available to advise you while COVID-19 is happening, even if it means we can’t get to the office.

If you would like advice on your Family Law issue please contact us using:

  • our contact form;
  • email us at admin@legaladvicecentre.london, or;
  • phone us during the telephone opening hours below and we can arrange an appointment by telephone or webcam.

Telephone: 0203 606 0372
Monday – Thursday 9:30 – 4:30

The appointment will be for Tuesday evenings so make sure you’re free.

Many Thanks
The team at Legal Advice Centre

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