What does the Law Centre do?
The Law Centre provides free legal advice and representation, legal education and training, capacity building for other advice agencies, and advocates for changes to public policy that promote equality and justice.
The Law Centre typically helps over 2,000 disadvantaged citizens every year to get access to justice - many of whom would not be able to protect their rights otherwise. This equates to well over £1million each year in direct financial gains and, more importantly, far more significant values realised in savings to the public purse (for example, preventing homelessness, maintaining employment, reducing crime) and in benefits-in-kind to individuals (better physical and mental wellbeing, increased social inclusion, increased contribution to community life).
Individual client stories demonstrate these impacts in more detail.
How does the Law Centre work?
Almost all the advice we provide is given face-to-face at our office in central Bristol. If you are unable to travel to office, it maybe possible to visit you at home.
The process for getting advice is usually:
Avon & Bristol Law Centre currently holds the Lexcel Practice Management quality mark - the industry standard accreditation for both commercial law firms and law centres. It means the service you receive will be professional and confidential. It means you will always be in control of your case, and you will be able to complain in a simple, clear way if you feel the service was inappropriate in some way.
Avon & Bristol Law Centre works closely with a variety of partners to help ensure that local residents can get free and effective legal advice, and that public bodies commission services that meet the needs of the city and wider region. Our partners include Advice Centres for Avon, Bristol City Council, the Law Centres Network, local voluntary sector networks and other advice agencies.
The Law Centre's work is currently funded by the organisations listed at the bottom of the page.
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