Our Services

The Free Legal Advice Centre delivers pro bono legal services to members of the public living in and around the Edinburgh area who, for whatever reason, cannot access legal advice elsewhere. Student advisers, members of staff and qualified solicitors work together to offer advice on legal problems.

The Centre is run by University of Edinburgh law students and University Law School Staff and supported by volunteer solicitors. These volunteer solicitors supervise the student advisers and assist them in their research, but the student advisers are responsible for dealing with individual cases and contacting clients.

 What we can do

We can provide advice and assistance on the following:

  • Company & Commercial
  • Contract
  • Disputes
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Wills and Inheritance
  • Personal Injury

 What we can’t do

  • Criminal Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Representation or advice in tribunals, hearing or the vast majority of court cases

Lay Representation Service

Although we are unable to offer representation in tribunals, hearings and the vast majority of court cases, we are able to offer a limited Lay Representation Service in Simple Procedure (formerly Small Claims) cases up to £3,000 in Edinburgh Sheriff Court. We offer;

  • Advice on whether the Lay Representation Service is an appropriate remedy for your particular problem
  • Advice on initiating a Simple Procedure action
  • Advice on defending a Simple Procedure action
  • Representation throughout the whole process

Any representation in a Simple Procedure action, will be carried out by two Diploma students working in pairs, supervised by a qualified solicitor.

Specialist Law Clinic Evenings

We are currently developing Specialist Law Clinic Evenings on which further details will be published in due course. In the meantime, please contact Rebecca Samaras at rebecca.samaras@ed.ac.uk if you are interested in this service.