The project is a Health-Justice partnership between UCL Centre for Access to Justice and the Guttmann Health and Well-Being Centre in Stratford. It provides on-site free legal advice by supervised law students to patients through GP social prescription referrals or as drop-in clients. The project’s vision is to make a positive impact on the resolution of legal problems, the health and well-being of patients, health service use, future advice-seeking behaviour and legal education. The project could be scaled-up, providing a prototype for law schools and advice agencies around the UK.
Building on UCL’s access to justice research expertise, and facilitated by the partnership with clinicians, rigorous evaluation of the impact of the service is fundamental to the project. Robust impact evidence will be valuable to commissioners of integrated primary care services aimed at reducing health inequalities and improving community health and well-being. UCL Laws has made a significant long-term investment in employing qualified lawyers and an empirical legal researcher to launch this project.