A Swansea-based law firm has partnered with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) to launch a new legal advice centre for the local community.
Peter Lynn and Partners Solicitors has partnered with UWTSD to establish the centre that will will offer free initial legal advice for the residents of the local community surrounding the university’s city centre campus in Swansea. It will be staffed by both the University’s law students as well as lawyers from the firm.
The UWTSD Legal Advice Centre is part of the Law Works charity network in England and Wales, which connects volunteer lawyers with people in need of legal advice, who are not eligible for legal aid.
Sian Turvey, Legal Advice Centre Manager and Law Programme Manager at UWTSD said:
“The University’s Legal Advice Centre builds upon a long tradition of student volunteer work in the local community which benefits both the students as well as the community. The work carried out in the Centre, prioritises the needs of the community in providing initial access to vital legal services.”
Sian is a solicitor with over 18 years’ experience in professional legal practice, specialising in residential and commercial property, equity and trusts, wills, probate and landlords and tenant matters.
Peter Lynn, Senior Partner at the law firm, said:
“We are delighted to be part of this initiative. Having worked in partnership with the University for many years, when they approached us with the idea, we were only too happy to help by offering our team on a pro bono basis to give the people of Swansea the widest access to legal advice and to help prevent legal problems.”
Providing free written and initial advice on matters relating to civil litigation, contract, debt and insolvency, family, and housing, the centre will be open during term times only at the University’s Business Campus, High Street, Swansea, on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm and by appointment only.
Photo Caption: Katie Maggorain, Alex Kurtz-Shefford, Georgina Arthure, James Lewis-Hyndman and Katherine Sweetapple from Peter Lynn and Partners are pictured with Academic Director Bronwen Williams, James Drew, Laura Knight and Sian Turvey from UWTSD.