Self Help and National Legal Advice Services
If you want to find a solicitor or legal advisor, you can search based on location/area of law through the following websites. To check whether you are able to receive legal aid, go to: https://checklegalaid.service.gov.uk
NOTE: check how much a solicitor will charge before seeing a solicitor.
The Law Society
Information on courts, police, probation, legal rights and the law.
Civil Legal Advice
A national advice line funded by Legal Aid.
Tel: 0345 345 4 345
Local Legal Advice Services
There are a number of free legal advice clinics to assist people who cannot afford to pay for solicitors’ fees or are unable to access legal aid solicitors, barristers and law students volunteer their professional skills to provide, free, quality assured, legal advice. They can assist with issues such as general legal matters, employment rights, consumer matters, family, debt and insolvency, housing, benefits and civil litigation.
LawWorks and a number of large solicitor firms work in partnership with local organisations to provide volunteer lawyers for legal advice clinics in Tower Hamlets including those listed below. Volunteers use their professional skills to assist individuals who cannot afford to pay for legal help and who are unable to access legal aid or other forms of financial assistance.
Attend office, phone or email Monday-Friday 10am-5pm to complete an initial assessment to access advice services.
Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Clinic
Attend office, phone or email Monday-Friday 10am-4pm to complete an initial assessment to access advice services.
Toynbee Hall (Women-only clinic)
Free legal advice for women only. Runs every other Saturday from 10:30am to 1pm, but by appointment only. Email, phone or drop in between Monday-Friday 10am-4pm to complete an initial assessment.
Address: The Community Centre, 52 Old Castle Street, London E1 7AJ
Tel: 020 7392 2953
Legal Advice Centre
Come to a drop-in session Thursdays from 5pm.
Address: University House, 104 Roman Road, E2 0RN
Tel: 020 8980 4205
Family Law Clinic
Open every Tuesday 6pm to 8pm.
The Clinic will be able to provide confidential advice and assistance on most family law matters including domestic violence. The Clinic is free and is intended for people who are vulnerable and of limited means.
Help provided will include support to obtain protective injunctions, in addition to practical support on related matters.
Address: 3 Birkbeck Street, London, E2 6JY
St Hilda’s East Community Centre
Legal Advice Clinic open every Thursday, 6pm – 8pm.
Advice provided includes Housing, Small Claims, Consumer Issues and Employment. General advice is also available. Drop-in advice and appointments are available. To make an appointment or for more information call 020 7739 8066.
Sonali Gardens Legal Advice Service is open every Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, at Sonali Gardens Centre in Shadwell. No appointment is necessary but the service operates on a first come, first served basis.
Please note: the clinic cannot give advice on immigration or criminal matters.
Address: 79 Tarling St, London E1 0AT
Tel: 020 7265 9211
Tower Hamlets Law Centre
Drop-in session Mondays 6:30pm to 8pm.
PopLaw Legal Advice Clinic
Drop-in session Tuesday 6:15pm – 8:15pm
Address: Idea Store, Chrisp Street, E14 6BT
Tel: 020 7364 4332
Tower Hamlets Citizens Advice Bureau
Drop-in sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30am. Attend one of these sessions to be assessed for a referral by appointment to the Whitechapel Legal Advice Clinic – which is held every Tuesdays at 6pm (by appointment only). Alternatively the service can be accessed via our telephone advice line.