Birketts Family Team pledges remote support to Suffolk Law Centre clinic


24 March 2020

Despite these uncertain times, Birketts continues to do its part to support the community by assisting the Suffolk Law Centre in offering free legal advice to Suffolk residents.

The firm has been involved in this pro bono service since its inception and remains committed to helping Suffolk residents to navigate legal cases in areas such as family, employment, housing and small claims.

Under normal circumstances, the Ipswich based service sees legally qualified professional volunteers offer 30 minutes of free legal advice once a week, every month.

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt across the region, volunteers for the Suffolk Law Centre have pulled together to make sure that existing clinic dates could be honoured.

Members of Birketts' Family Team have adapted to the unusual situation to ensure that this vital service continues to remain accessible to those in need during this difficult time by volunteering their legal services remotely, through a series of telephone clinics.

It is estimated that due to the efforts of volunteers, the facility has been able to continue to run its services at 90% capacity - an invaluable offering during a period of increased anxiety for thousands of people across Suffolk.

Oliver Gravell, Partner and Head of Birketts’ Family Team commented, "Now more than ever is the time for us to demonstrate our commitment to this essential pro bono service. As the region, and indeed the country, enters a time of unprecedented uncertainty, those of us able to offer their support must continue to do so to. This project is a beacon for the community and a vital lifeline in helping to transform local lives.”