On Monday 5th March we launched the Free Community Law Clinic at our new Stockton office at 111 High Street, right in the heart of Stockton-On -Tees.
The Free Community Clinic was opened by the Leader of Stockton Council Cllr Bob Cook and was attended by over 60 representatives from Stockton Borough Council and charities and community groups including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Stockton Recovery Service, , CGL, SWAN, My Sisters Place, Stockton Baptist Church, Arch, local Food Bank organisers and The Moses Project amongst others.
The Free Community Law Clinic is open to anyone and the drop in sessions take place on:
Mondays 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesdays 1:30pm – 5:30pm
The informal setting for the sessions hopes to bring those who feel less confident when asking for legal help into a comfortable and supportive setting.
James Watson, Watson Woodhouse’s Managing Partner, said: “Expert legal advice should be available to all and not just to those who can afford it”.
“We are proud to be part of the community and are keen to support the people of Stockton”
Watson Woodhouse’s new offices are located on the historic High Street at the heart of Stockton-on-Tees, an ideal location for the community to access. Space has been dedicated by the firm to provide a meeting place for local community and support groups to use for free.
Victoria Molloy, Senior Solicitor, said: “I joined Watson Woodhouse because of the way they support the community, particularly the most vulnerable in society”.
“So when I was tasked with opening the new Stockton office, I ensured that it would do all it could to serve the community”.
Alongside the free community law clinic, there will be no charge for the use of the space, in the hope that this gesture will help community groups to maintain their presence in the community.