The St James Legal Advice Centre aims to raise the burden of legal worry from those who are oppressed by it

What they do: They offer free legal advice to those who cannot afford access to justice, and empower clients to understand their legal rights. Their main focus is on solving legal problems such as helping people to claim benefits they are entitled to, housing repairs, and consumer problems. They also provide general advice and assistance with with neighbours, unacceptable behaviour at work and so on. They can also provide access to mediation services.

Please note that they cannot provide advice on criminal proceedings or immigration. Also, they cannot advise on debt or consumer credit. They are also unable to do advocacy in court, provide representation on a legal matter or undertake certain work reserved to the legal profession.

Who they are: They are an independent unincorporated charitable trust with a Christian ethos operating as the St James Legal Advice Centre. They are a member of LawWorks, a network of pro bono legal advice clinics. They are staffed by a team of volunteers, including volunteer solicitor and barrister legal advisers.

Where they are: They provide free in person services at clinics operating from St James’s Church Muswell Hill; Wilton Road Community Church; and the Salvation Army in Wood Green. All clinics have wheel chair access. For more information please click HERE to access their website.