• Sandra Conte

Launch of Family Law Clinic at Future Living 6th November 2019

The University of Hertfordshire is extending its Hertfordshire Law Clinic service, a new pro-bono legal advice for the local community in Hertfordshire, to include a satellite clinic based at domestic abuse charity Future Living Hertford.

The pop-up Family Law Clinic will offer free, professional family law advice in a safe and trusted space at this award-winning charity, for women and men who have experienced domestic abuse. The Family Law Clinic at Future Living Hertford will be open on Wednesdays at Future Living in Hertford between 2pm-4pm during University term time only, by appointment in advance.

Following national cuts to Legal Aid, many local legal firms in Hertfordshire have ceased to offer family legal aid work altogether, often leaving victims of domestic abuse with limited opportunities for legal support.

The Family Law Clinic will provide free, professional family law advice for Future Living Hertford’s clients under the supervision of qualified lawyers. Clients will attend an appointment with two Student Advisers and receive free written legal advice within fourteen days of the appointment, which will have been prepared under the supervision of qualified lawyers.

Diana Kirsch, Director of Pro-Bono at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “The University’s Family Law Clinic at Hertford Future Living will provide a much-needed service to women and men who have been victims of domestic abuse, offering professional advice in a setting that they know and trust. Our confidential advice will help our clients handle legal issues including the breakdown of their relationship, divorce and child contact disputes. The Hertfordshire Law Clinic will provide a vital service for the local community following the decimating cuts to legal aid in 2012 for issues relating to family law, particularly for families on lower incomes.”

Future Living Hertford, commented: “We are delighted to be able to host this Family Law Clinic at Future Living Hertford – something that is much needed for our clients. There is a big gap in services for clients on low incomes - this clinic will bridge that gap, allowing those who need it most in our community, to get the support that they need.

The clinic will also consolidate our position in the community as a Health & Well being hub and extend the help and support we can jointly provide to our clients. I am looking forward to a really exciting partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.”

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