Legal Advice Sessions
Our Legal Advice Sessions run every Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm. Consultations with our LGBTI-friendly volunteer lawyers are available by making a pre-booked appointment. Please contact Client Services if you would like to make an appointment. If you cannot attend our office at Teneriffe, a telephone appointment can be arranged.
How we can help
You can attend the Service for legal advice and information where you have legal issues arising from your identification as LGBTI and/or where you feel more comfortable dealing with a solicitor who has specific skills, interest and understanding of issues and barriers faced by the LGBTI community.
Our practice areas
Our volunteer lawyers provide legal advice on a range of legal matters including:
- Family law, separation/relationship breakdowns and property settlements
- Domestic violence
- Surrogacy and parenting rights
- Criminal law (including victims’ support)
- Employment law (including unfair dismissal, workplace bullying and harassment)
- Gender identification and sex changes
- Civil law matters
- Administrative law matters (including issues in relation to government decisions, Centrelink matters)
Unfortunately due to the capacity of the Service and legal requirements, we are unable to assist in relation to the following matters:
- Immigration and visas
- Medical negligence
- Building disputes
- Personal injury
- Taxation law
- Commercial law
Whilst our volunteer lawyers are unable to provide legal representation outside the Legal Advice Sessions, we can provide you with useful information to represent yourself in court. Further, The Service cannot give second opinions or advise you on behalf of someone else unless you have a power of attorney.
Our Service is committed to providing a safe and culturally appropriate space for all people accessing the service. An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander volunteer may be able to attend your session to talk to you before the appointment and come along with you for the legal appointment. Please inform us if you are interested in accessing this support. If you do identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, please let us know if you are interested in volunteering to be a support person.
What to expect
At your appointment, a qualified lawyer will listen to your legal issue and read any accompanying material, give general advice, help you to understand your options and provide a written copy of their advice.
What to bring
Please bring to your appointment:
- All paperwork related to your legal issue or question. You may also email this to our Service in advance.
- The full name of the person/company/institution who is on other side of dispute. Without this information, we cannot check for a Conflict of Interests and cannot give you legal advice.
- A list of questions you would like the solicitor to answer.