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Business legal advice

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You are ready to set up your own business or an aspiring freelancer but how do you navigate your way through complex legal agreements on a limited budget? Here you will find useful resources to support you when starting out.

Free Legal advice resources

Below are the resources we feel are most relevant to you, though this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Artquest/Artlaw: advice, information and opportunities for visual artists. This includes legal guidance.
  • LawWorks: offers free legal advice clinics, providing initial advice and helping you decide what action you need to take. The advisers are volunteers who give their time free of charge so they will not be able to take on your case. If you need further help, the lawyers will refer you to agencies that specialise in dealing with your particular problem. There are over 50 LawWorks Clinics nationwide, providing advice on a variety of issues. Find your nearest LawWorks Clinic . ACAS: The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service improves working life through better employment relations.
  • The University of Law: this pro bono legal advice centre offers a range of free legal advice including business legal advice. After an interview or telephone assessment, student advisors provide written advice under the strict supervision of qualified professionals. Visit their website for a list of contact details. For general enquiries email the university's advice service.
  • Queen Mary University Legal Advice Centre: offers sessions for clients with concerns relating to their creative work. The Centre provides them with written legal advice and research on their case that they may not otherwise be able to afford, under the supervision of volunteer lawyers. To book an appointment visit their website and complete an enquiries form.
  • The British Library IP Centre offers free one-to-one advice, workshops, webinars for small business and entrepreneurs.