Bolton students combat “huge gap” in local legal support

updated on 23 August 2019

Students at the University of Bolton are opening a free legal advice centre to help fill the huge gaps in services left by government cuts to legal aid.

The Law Gazette reports that the centre will open in September and will be staffed by second and third-year law students. The centre will refer members of the public to solicitors and organisations such as Citizens Advice.

Ian Bowden, the law lecturer and solicitor advocate coordinating the centre, said: “There are many cases that we know are not being dealt with at the moment and that is where we come in. People often need legal advice but don’t know where to turn. This will give them an option and will be a valued service to the local community. We have already received countless enquiries. Members of the public can be assured that our team will be fully trained in the wide range of skills required of a solicitor.”