Here are examples of some of the sorts of cases that our students work on.
Landlord and tenant issues
Our clients were a couple who had rented their property out through a lettings agency. When their tenants left, their property had sustained extensive and significant damage. They attended the Law Clinic seeking advice on whether they could make a claim for breach of contract against the Letting Agency who had failed to carry out checks on the property. The student advisors reviewed all of the documentation, contract and considered the photographs of the damage that the clients provided and referred the case to our partner solicitor. The case is ongoing.
Our client had been in a 20-year relationship but was never married. The client’s relationship with the father of her child had recently broken down and she sought advice from the Law Clinic as to how the couple should divide their assets. The student advisors met with the client and provided her with a letter of advice as to her next steps, explaining the law in this area.
A father approached the clinic through one of our partner organisations to help re-establish with contact with his child. Since becoming homeless and battling drug addiction, contact had broken down. Now in rehab and with stable housing, the father had found it difficult to re-establish contact and was representing himself in the Family Court. Struggling with reading and writing, he also found it hard to read documents and prepare for his court hearing. He attended the Law Clinic for advice and our student advisors helped him to prepare for his court hearing.
Oak Tree House
Throughout the year we run pop up Law Clinics at Oak Tree House, a supported housing unit in Lancaster. This ensures that the Law Clinic can provide much needed legal advice to disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community who have no other way to access legal advice. Many of the cases from Oak Tree House are family law related but also students have advised on benefits and housing issues.