We are one of several City law firms providing a rota of qualified volunteer lawyers, known as Honorary Legal Advisers, to work alongside the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau’s staff and advisers. Together we help over 3,000 Litigants in Person every year.
The Citizens Advice Bureau at the Royal Courts of Justice offers free legal advice and practical support to Litigants in Person involved in County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal cases. It aims to equip each litigant with a full understanding of their rights and responsibilities and an awareness of the services available to them. As well as helping individuals to cope with the stress of a court appearance, the Bureau increases the likelihood of their cases reaching a satisfactory conclusion.
Our volunteers come from our Dispute Resolution group. Their commitment is underpinned by annual donations to the Bureau and the involvement of partner Sarah Lee as one of its trustees. Volunteer support is also drawn from our Costs department, which helps litigants to resolve cost awards issues on an ad hoc basis.
"The range of support we receive from volunteers from Slaughter and May is invaluable as it ensures often marginalised and vulnerable people achieve access to justice"
Alison Lamb, Chief Executive, RCJ Advice Bureau
Visit the RCJ Advice Bureau's website to learn more about its work.