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Takeover keeps free legal advice available

A FREE legal advice service for Bognor Regis and Chichester residents has been taken over.


Sussex Legal Services has handed over the Chichester Law Clinic to Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice.


The change has taken place six years after the service was set up to allow people to continue to have access to justice following cuts in legal aid.


But Sussex Legal Services is no longer in a financial position to continue to provide it.


Will Chalmers, its chief executive, said: “It is with the deepest regret that we find ourselves in this position, as we have helped many people over the years.


“Unfortunately, we do not have the funds to continue paying for the service. The good news, though, is that we are handing over operations to Citizens Advice.”


The clinic was established by Sussex Legal Services, Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice and Chichester College. It will be under the full control of Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice from next Monday.


Chief executive Luca Badioli said: “I would like to thank the chief executive and directors of Sussex Legal Services for their drive, commitment and motivation in making sure that the Chichester Law Clinic became a reality and continued to grow and deliver the service currently available.


“Here, at Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice, we are passionate about making sure that less fortunate people are able to have access to justice. That is why we will make sure the service is continued.”


Anyone who wants to access the law clinic should contact Citizens Advice on 0344 477 1171..

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