Championing Freedom of Access to Legal Advice – We’re Proud to Have Helped Over 500 People in One Year09-01-2017
Getting the right legal advice can not only change the outcome of a particular issue – it can transform someone’s whole life.
Which is why, in addition to the free legal advice we provide at our offices, our dedicated family law girls, Sarah Wasling and Debbie Matthews, have spent every Wednesday morning at east Hull’s Freedom Centre for the past year.
“At James Legal, we are committed to equality of access to legal advice, and we know that not everyone can afford to pay for it when it matters most,” said Debbie.
Over the past 12 months, our team have helped 500 people with everything from divorce and separation to child custody, grandparent law and financial matters. The monetary value of this help totals more than £55,000.
And this is just one of the ways in which we tried to give something back to our local Hull community during 2016.
Practice Manager Lindsey Nicklin and Senior Solicitor Chris Hutchinson – who specialises in legal matters for elderly people – have also written over 300 ‘free’ Wills in collaboration with a range of charities – in return for voluntary donations to the various good causes. These have resulted in total donations of £10,255 to more than 50 different charities as well as £11,500 left in legacies. In a separate Free Will scheme to east Hull’s Dove House Hospice, a total of £3,750.00 was donated.
In October, we also baked a range of delicious cakes and hosted a Macmillan coffee morning, which raised a further £106 for this worthwhile cause.
Committed to playing an active role in our Hull community, we hope to build on this even more in 2017.
Our Managing Director and Solicitor, Nick Miller, said: “Our mantra is centred on taking a fresh approach to law. One of the most important elements of that – for us – is not inhabiting a vacuum but actively participating in the life of the city in which we’re based.
“Our team are passionate about giving something back and regularly seize opportunities to support local organisations like The Freedom Centre in improving the lives of people in Hull.”
He added: “We’re busy planning even bigger and better things for next year, so watch this space!”
Tony Forrester, Operations Manager at the Freedom Centre, described how vital our free legal advice service is for local people: “It’s always important to a community that its people have access to legal advice when they need it. Not everyone in this area struggles financially, but many do.
“If they experience an issue and haven’t got the money to pay for legal advice at the outset, what starts off as a problem could easily escalate into something much more serious.
“What James Legal offer them is good advice. This might either present solutions they hadn’t thought of, which resolve the issue altogether – or show them what steps to take and not take, to avoid them making matters worse.
“This is a service our users value very highly, especially as it’s right on their doorstep.”