For the last 6 years, Consultations Gratuites has been running a walk-in legal clinic in French every Thursday evening in the crypt of St Mary’s Church (Upper Street, near Angel) alongside the well established Islington Legal Advice Center. The service is sponsored by the French Embassy (see link below).
Attended by approximately five users every week, and with a group of six advisers (barristers and solicitors), the clinic has proven very successful and has prestigious patrons (including Lord Philips and the French consul).
We are currently looking for two additional advisers (solicitors, barristers or French avocats) who speak French and can advise in English law (housing: landlord/tenant and/or employment law) to join us on a pro-bono basis. The advisers are expected to provide advice in our clinic in Upper Street once a month on a Thursday evening from 7 to 8.30 pm. They need to be good French-speakers, reliable and competent to advice confidently without supervision in English law.
Becoming an adviser is highly rewarding on a personal level as you really make a difference to the lives of people unable to navigate the English system (often because their English is not good enough). Typical examples include a young waiter abruptly dismissed from a restaurant without being paid his last salary, or naive students who booked a flat from a « reliable » agency while still in France and discover upon their arrival that the flat is miles from the centre, inhabitable and sadly not « exchangeable » because of the small print of the agency’s terms and conditions.
It is also a great opportunity for English lawyers to practice their French in a real-life situation, or for French lawyers to advise on English matters and it is of course a perfect excuse to join a nice team of lawyers who are all motivated to help others.
If you are interested, please contact Sybille: email@example.com and Nathalie:firstname.lastname@example.org