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We have recently set up a new Twitter account at – @FLACedinburgh. Regular updates from our Centre and articles from our website will be posted here. We will also be retweeting news from any endeavours we are taking on, including our fundraising for The Big Leap and also participation in the Edinburgh Legal Walk 2016. Follow us to keep up to date with the Free Legal Advice Centre!

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Join us in the Edinburgh Legal Walk 2016

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The Edinburgh Legal Walk in aid of The Access to Justice Foundation will take place on Monday 10th October 2016 at 5pm. This event is a 10km walk across Edinburgh city centre and allows the teams to take in the city’s sights whilst fundraising for a worthy cause. The Access to Justice Foundation supports legal advice charities across the UK to assist with their work helping vulnerable people who are in need of legal advice.

 

This walk is not only for the legal community as The Access to Justice Foundation are asking anyone who is interested to sign up and welcome friends, family, colleagues and even pets to come along to the Legal Walk on Monday 10th October 2016. Teams can be of anyone size and there is no registration fee, merely the encouragement to fundraise for the cause. The walk will begin from The Old Quad at Edinburgh Law School, South Bridge. To find out more about the event, please email Sian McGee at The Access to Justice Foundation.

 

The Free Legal Advice Centre have signed up to this annual event and are rounding up students and staff to join the team to raise as much as possible for The Access to Justice Foundation. The Centre is dedicated to providing an access to justice to the local community within Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife and have been taking part in this event for a number of years. We are encouraging upcoming students who are about to embark on the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh to show their interest of joining our team by emailing the Free Legal Advice Centre. We are fundraising for both The Access to Justice Foundation and also our own Free Legal Advice Centre. We are welcoming donations which can be made at our fundraising page.

 

All of us at The Free Legal Advice Centre are looking forward to Monday 10th October 2016 to take part in The Edinburgh Legal Walk!

 

 

Our Successes over 2015/2016

Overview:

  • 134 cases taken on.
  • Range of legal areas covered, with the most popular including Property Law, Family Law and Employment Law.
  • Examples of areas of law we advised on:
    • Copyright
    • Personal injury
    • Medical negligence
    • Civil court procedure
    • Estate planning
    • Intellectual property
    • Landlold/Tenant disputes
  • Supervising solicitors from over 30 legal firms across Edinburgh providing their knowledge and expertise.

 

Feedback:

  • 91% of clients surveyed would recommend the Free Legal Advice Centre to friends and family.
  • Client survey feedback included:

Excellent service all round.

– Mr G, Edinburgh

Very fair. Thank you, a good service to the public.

– Mr S, Edinburgh

Free and reliable service as part of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Law.

– Mrs G, Edinburgh

 

We would like to thank all of our clients, students and supervising solicitors for supporting our service over this year.

We will be reopening at the start of the new academic year in September 2016. Appointment bookings will recommence in the middle of September, with our first appointment slots taking place on Monday 3rd October 2016.

 

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Fundraising for the Free Legal Advice Centre

2016 saw the introduction of The Big Leap at the University of Edinburgh, with students and staff across the university using the extra day from the leap year to take on a challenge and achieve things that are out of the ordinary. The Free Legal Advice Centre signed up to this challenge and the Fundraising Coordinator helped to organise a variety of events to raise money for the Centre. Our fundraising commenced with a Burns Supper for the students taking part in the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and who volunteer at the Free Legal Advice Centre. The students then became greatly involved in the fundraising and took part in bake sales, raffles and part of the proceeds of their Diploma ball also went towards the Centre’s fundraising.

 

Rebecca Samaras, the ECPLS Director, and Kerry Trewern, the Deputy Director of the ECPLS, are also taking part in The Big Leap by signing up to abseil off the David Hume Tower at the University of Edinburgh. This outstanding challenge will take place on Sunday 18th September 2016 in which they are both waiting in anticipation for. To sponsor our team in this fundraising event, please see our JustGiving page in aid of The Free Legal Advice Centre.

 

The 2015/2016 Student Committee has been extremely successful with their fundraising for the Free Legal Advice Centre with hundreds being raised from The Big Leap initiative so far, with further fundraising efforts continuing into the next academic year.

 

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Free Legal Advice Centre participate in the Edinburgh Legal Walk 2015

The Edinburgh Legal Walk took place on Monday 12th October 2015 with several student volunteers from the Free Legal Advice Centre taking part. This was an 8km sponsored walk around Edinburgh to raise money for the Access to Justice Foundation which provides funding and support to pro bono charities.

This year the walk was named “The Edinburgh Magna Carta Legal Walk” as we were celebrating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215. The walk was headed up by Lord Tyre and Christine McLintock, the President of the Law Society of Scotland. The Edinburgh Legal Walk is not only a great opportunity to raise money for a local cause supporting the community, but it was also important for team building within our Free Legal Advice Centre and sightsee around the Old Town of Edinburgh.

The walk was a great success for the Free Legal Advice Centre with over £600 being raised for the Access to Justice Foundation. The money raised from events such as this helps to provide an access to justice to the local community as the organisation supports the ever growing need for free legal advice centres.

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