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Legal Advice Centre

Our Mission and Our Staff

Our mission

The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre at Queen Mary University of London has two key aims; enhancing the education of our students and promoting access to justice in the community.

Our aims are achieved through four objectives:

  • providing our students with the opportunity to work on live cases thereby developing their legal and non-legal skills, and their understanding of the law in context;
  • developing innovative clinical legal education, experiential learning, and teaching methods;
  • developing professional and ethical awareness, and instilling a lifelong commitment to promoting access to justice for all in our students;
  • providing free, high-quality, legal advice, to members of the public; in particular those who cannot afford to pay for legal advice.

Our staff

Frances Ridout - Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre Director (Clinical Legal Education)

Frances is responsible for the overall running of the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre. She is the module convenor for the two Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre modules; The Practice of Law in a Clinical Environment and Public Legal Education and Community Street Law. Frances is a practising barrister (16 years call). She has expertise in criminal law and image based sexual abuse. Frances is also a trustee of the Clinical Legal Education Organisation, author of the text book Street Law: Theory and Practice, and Co-Host on the legal education and careers podcast called ReImagine Law.

Matthew Evans - External Relations Director for the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre

Matthew is responsibile for developing and maintaining externals relations between the Legal Advice Centre and the Legal Profession. He is always interested to hear from any organisations wishing to develop links with the Centre or the Law Department. He is a practising solicitor and also works part time as the Director of the AIRE Centre.

Helen Cord - Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre Operations Manager

Helen is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Centre. She plays a key role in relationship and partner management, including working with and managing staff, students, clients and circa. 200 volunteer lawyers who work with the QMLAC in each academic year. 

Kelli Ryan – Client Services Manager

Kelli acts as the liaison between the clients and the Student Advisers, as well as between the Supervisors and the Student Advisers. It is her role to ensure that the daily administration of the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre client appointments are effectively and efficiently coordinated.

Meghan Mizen - Public Legal Education and Street Law Manager

Meghan is responsible for managing the Public Legal Education, Street Law and Collaborative Projects which the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre run. These include Street Law Projects like I am You and other collaborations such as our Tribunal Project with Z2K. She coordinates and implements any new projects that the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre undertakes, including the development of new ideas and areas of interest for the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre.

Rumina Begum - Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre Administrator

Rumina provides assistance to the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre Coordinators. She helps deal with client enquiries, booking client appointments into the Centre and signposting clients where we are unable to assist. Rumina also helps our students with their day-to-day questions and monitors our client feedback.

Dimples Vadher - Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre Administrator

Dimples provides assistance to the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre Coordinators. As well as dealing with client enquiries Dimples leads student reflection sessions (known as Breakfast Club) and proof reads client letters with students.

Herabans Kaur – Client and Community Coordinator

Herabans is jointly responsible for coordinating the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre appointments between clients, Student Supervisors and volunteer lawyers.  Herabans is also jointly responsible for coordinating and developing community & collaborative projects, with specific responsibility in the following areas: SPITE for Schools, Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre Blog Project, and collaborations such as The University of London Refugee Clinic.

Anthony Taylor - QMLAC Client and Student Administrator

Anthony provides assistance to the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre team. His role is split between the 1-2-1 client work and the Community Projects. Anthony triages clients, books appointments and assists the coordinators with the day to day running of the QMLAC and is there to answer any student questions.

Public and clinical legal education at a glance

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