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Free Legal Advice Sessions a Big Success

This article appeared in the Mercury newspaper on 15th December 2010.

Free legal advice sessions, held at a number of community locations in Sheffield and Rotherham, have been heralded a big success by members of the public as well as the providers of the scheme.

The advice sessions, provided by solicitorsfree legal advice from Sheffield and Rotherham based law firm Norrie Waite & Slater, were started earlier this year in a bid to take legal advice out into the community and reach members of the public who may not otherwise gain access to it.

The sessions are held at locations such as libraries, housing offices and citizen's advice bureaus throughout South Yorkshire. The public response has in some cases been overwhelming, with high numbers of people attending the sessions to obtain legal advice.

At each session two solicitors attend and offer advice on legal issues ranging from family matters, wills and probate, criminal issues, housing and motoring offences. ñPeople who attend these free sessions often have genuine, pressing legal issues which need to be dealt withî, says Simon Goodlad of Norrie Waite & Slater. ñFor whatever reason we find that some people are reluctant to approach a firm of solicitors directly, but by taking the advice sessions out into the community it seems to break down that barrier and make people more likely to get the advice they need.î

People who attend the sessions are given free advice on the day on any legal matter. But what if someone needs more than 15 minutes of free advice? ñWe find that many matters can be dealt with on the day. In some cases people require further legal representation such as for a divorce, a criminal matter or a potential accident claim and they want to know where they stand or to ask how the process worksî, says Simon ñin many areas of law we can offer legal aid to cover ongoing legal costs.î

The sessions are usually held over an afternoon and are carried out on a turn up and wait basis with no appointment required.

Due to the success of these advice sessions, Norrie Waite & Slater are on the lookout for additional venues for future sessions. If you are able to offer a venue that you think may be suitable please contact Simon Goodlad on 0114 2766166.

The next sessions to be held are:

Crystal Peaks library Monday 10th January 2pm to 5pm
Rotherham Citizens Advice bureau - (Wellgate Rotherham) Thursday 13th January 2pm to 5pm

Both of these venues are usually very busy at 2pm, come later to avoid a long wait.

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