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Free legal advice

qLegal provides free personalised legal advice to entrepreneurs, start-ups and non-profits. Our team of postgraduate law students (supervised by qualified lawyers) are here to help your venture thrive. 

What do you need help with?

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Operating as a sole trader, company, partnership or non-profit. Founders, directors and investor issues. 

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Protecting and monetising your idea, invention or brand using trade marks, copyright, patents and design rights.

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Complying with your responsibilities to keep data secure. Cookies, privacy and beyond.

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Documenting the key terms to protect your commercial position. NDAs, Ts&Cs and more.

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Hiring employees and freelancers.

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AI, open source software and cyberattacks.

Are you eligible?

You are eligible for our free legal advice service if: 

  • You are a profit seeking/making organisation whose annual turnover is under £100,000; or
  • You are a social enterprise/not-for-profit whose annual turnover is under £1,000,000.

What can you expect from us?

Video: qLegal free legal services explained!

How can you make an enquiry?

Our clinic is now closed until October. Register your interest now and be first to hear when we are accepting new client enquiries.

What if you need to cancel?

We know plans change, but we ask you to be respectful of our students and external partners who give their expertise and time for free. 

Our free services are in high demand. Your case will be closed and we will not offer you another appointment in future if you: 

  • Don’t provide at least 72 hours’ notice that you want to reschedule your appointment. 
  • Need to reschedule your appointment a second time. 
  • Don’t attend / are more than 10 minutes late to your appointment. 
The whole process was easy to navigate and the team captured our needs perfectly. The advice they provided has been incredibly clear, easy to follow, and most of all is practical so that we can now implement it internally. The work qLegal has done...has been vital in allowing us to develop new funding stream so we can continue to do our important work.
— Melody Ambrose, Head of Production and Operations, Medical Aid Films
As a start-up company with a very limited budget it would have been very difficult for us to have paid for the advice we needed. We wanted to make sure that we were taking the right approach to protect the business but also doing as much as we could to safeguard the website’s users. The advice raised some really important flags for us.
— Martin Pendrigh, Co-Founder of Therapy Panda
qlegal...treated my matter seriously, competently, and with voracious interest in solving my issues...I often encounter situations that can be undermining in the business world, but qlegal treats me in a manner that is empowering and makes me feel confident and professional. I am very grateful for this assurance and it continually stays with me wherever I go.
— Anonymous Client

If you have a question relating to the other aspects of running your business/organisation, find out how Queen Mary’s SKETCH programme can help.

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