Birmingham FLAG is a free, appointment-based legal advice service for the local community, operated by professionally supervised students during the autumn and spring terms.
Birmingham FLAG is operated by students at the University of Birmingham, working under the supervision of qualified legal professionals. All students participating in FLAG are required to attend additional training sessions in order to ensure they are fully prepared to carry out the work necessary to provide good and accurate advice. They are supervised by the FLAG Coordinators who sit on the Pro Bono Committee and FLAG Director, Ms Linden Thomas. In addition, a Professional Volunteer, who is a qualified solicitor or barrister of at least three years call, is allocated to every case.
Birmingham FLAG is able to assist you in the following areas of law:
Employment law – We can provide advice to both employers and employees on all aspects of employment law including discrimination, harassment, unfair or constructive dismissal and matters relating to redundancy. We can explain what an employer must do to comply and guide your through the legal process.
Family law - We can provide advice on a variety of aspects of family law, including advice on obtaining a divorce, negotiating settlements, and issues relating to child custody.
Private Client - We can provide advice on how best to protect your wealth to maximise the benefit of it for those you care about and how to efficiently manage the administration of an estate or an existing trust.
Disputes - We can provide advice to people who have suffered injury as a result of another person's actions. This includes cases involving a range of legal claims, such as negligence, defamation, nuisance, occupier's liability, judicial review, human rights, discrimination, harassment, landlord and tenant disputes and breach of copyright.’
Our professional partners
The Professional Volunteers are provided by Mills and Reeve, No5 Barrister’s Chambers and Shakespeare Martineau. Mills & Reeve also deliver training to the Student Advisers on interviewing techniques and letter writing skills. No5 Chambers provides additional expertise in a variety of areas and Shakespeare Martineau also host some of our family law advice appointments at their central Birmingham offices.
The Professional Volunteers work very closely with the students to enhance their clinical education experience. They assist with interview preparation and technique to ensure that the students accurately establish the key facts and outline the necessary legal issues. They provide guidance on the best research methods and aid the drafting of a detailed letter of advice. The students are taught to break down the relevant legal procedures into clear step by step processes to help clients identify the next steps which will be beyond the remit of the clinic and allow them to progress matters on their own if necessary. This is especially important for clients who have no option but to represent themselves before the courts.
By working together and taking an observational but active role when necessary, the Professional Volunteers and FLAG Directors, ensure that students participating in the clinic develop the essential practical skills to provide good and accurate legal advice in a professional manner. This enhances the students’ ability to “hit the ground running” and progress their careers in legal practice
Birmingham FLAG is operated by students at the University of Birmingham, working under the supervision of qualified legal professionals. Birmingham FLAG reserves the right to not provide legal assistance in any case, but if we cannot help you, we will try to refer you to a service that may be able to provide assistance. Birmingham FLAG is unable to take any action on behalf of a client against the University of Birmingham, its Governors, employees or current students.
Birmingham FLAG is part of the University of Birmingham Law School Pro Bono Group. You can read our Privacy Notice.