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Legal Advice Centre

Plymouth Legal Advice Centre

Plymouth Citizens Advice has been provided funding to identify legal advice gaps in Plymouth and do what we can to try and support those areas and develop a Legal Advice Centre.

Plymouth Citizens Advice is able to provide remote legal consultations working with University House Law Centre in London.

If you or one of your clients needs help with Family or Employment Law they could seriously benefit from this service.

Family Law

The family law consultations are set up to help people with any of the following issues;

  • Completing / responding to a divorce petition
  • Private arrangements for children
  • Financial orders
  • Asset freezing orders
  • Occupation orders
  • Non-molestation orders
  • Navigating family court processes generally

Employment Law

The Employment Law appointments can assist clients needing help with;

  • Discrimination
  • Unpaid Wages
  • Problems with Dismissal
  • Making a grievance at work
  • Asserting your legal rights at work

How it works

When a referral is made the client will be contacted within one working week to go through a short 5 minute assessment and to book in the appointment.

You will then either be booked in with an appointment with one of our Legal Advice Workers or will receive a 45 minute consultation with a solicitor conducted remotely

Please note the solicitors appointments are only available every Thursday for Family Law and Wednesday for Employment. They will take place at either 1200 or 1300

Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service: Digital Assistance

Plymouth Citizens Advice have been selected through the good things foundation to take part in a pilot to provide digital assistance for people trying to engage with Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Services online. We will be providing this in the form of form filling appointments.

The forms that we can help with are;

  • Divorce
  • Social Security and Child Support e.g. PIP, ESA appeals, Universal Credit
  • Help with Fees (an additional form that customers can complete if they are on low income/welfare benefits that may waive or reduce their court fee)

Any benefit appeals would be completed as part of our core service. To receive advice on this a client should call 03444 111 444 or attend Ernest English House on Buckwell Street PL4 0EB.

Gaining Access

You can access these services either by contacting us directly on 01752 982899 or by completing a referral form here

The line is run from 0900-1600 (Mon to Fri)

Justice First Fellowship

The Legal Advice Centre has applied for the Justice First Fellowship to fund a trainee solicitor. If successful the training would be reliant on being able to organise secondments with firms and other agencies in regards to the relevant areas of law.

Applications are available at the following website and applications open from the 17th August

https://jff.thelegaleducationfoundation.org/host/citizens-advice-plymouth-2020/

Looking to Volunteer?
We are looking for anyone with Legal experience who would be willing to give up some of their time to help our project deliver legal advice. Particularly if you have experience from being an acting solicitor or legal executive.

It is a great opportunity to get involved in a brand-new project that has the chance to do some real good for the city of Plymouth

If you are interested, then contact the us on 01752 982857 or through email on volunteers@plymouthcab.org.uk