The University Solicitor is based in the Governance Services Unit which reports to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Registrar and Secretary.
There is a process for requesting legal advice to enable the University’s legal work to be prioritised and managed as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.
Are there other sources of help or information?
Please check if there are other sources of help or information for your issue or problem as this may speed up finding a solution.
What to do if you need legal advice?
Please send a completed request form (which you can download here) by email to email@example.com as soon as you initiate a project or think you may need legal advice (including from an external law firm).
This is to:
- ensure competing demands can be prioritised;
- cut out delay;
- avoid the need to refer matters to external law firms unnecessarily.
Using the form, and including as much information as possible, will avoid us having to get back to you with further questions. It will also will help us assess the priority of your request against current workload and deal with requests more quickly.
When to contact the University Solicitor?
The University Solicitor is the first point of contact for all staff requiring legal advice for the University.
External law firms will only be used where this is necessary, e.g. because they have particular expertise or matters are complex and/or urgent.
All staff wishing to instruct an external law firm must consult the University Solicitor in the first instance.
Out of scope
Please note that the University Solicitor is unable to advise:
- university staff about any personal legal affairs;
- other organisations / individuals.