Legal Advice Centre

The University Of Bolton Legal Advice Clinic Is A Free Public Advice Service, Staffed By Law Students Working Under The Supervision Of Experienced Legal Practitioners

The centre is based within the Institute of Management building in the centre of Bolton and provides advice and support to members of the public on a wide range of legal issues.

For appointments, please complete our enquiry form.

Once we have received your enquiry, our team will be in contact to discuss the next steps.

Enquiry Form

We Also Offer Drop-In Sessions


We also offer a drop-in session. During term time, our drop-in sessions are on:

9:30 until 12:30 pm and 1:30 until 4:30pm on Fridays.

Our drop-in appointments last up to 30 minutes. If your enquiry is too complicated for us to deal with within that time, we may need to invite you for a further appointment or we may need to direct you to our external partners for ongoing assistance.

We are unable to provide advice by phone or email.

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Due to demand for our drop-in sessions, we cannot always guarantee to see everyone. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Our People

Ian Bowden


As a qualified Solicitor Advocate, I have many years of experience in the legal sector. These real-life legal skills help me to ensure that the university’s law programmes, cover the theoretical knowledge needed to succeed in the law but with a practical edge. This approach helps our students to place the theory from books and journals into everyday legal situations and helps to ensure that our successful law graduates can quickly adapt to working in legal settings.

In addition, as a qualified Solicitor, I have responsibility for supervising the University Pro-Bono scheme. This scheme provides learners with the chance to engage in a range of ongoing activities all designed to improve your knowledge of the law and your practical skills.

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Zaman Kala


Zaman is an experienced member of the lecturing team in the School of Law with varied teaching responsibilities in the Law of Contract, Sports Law, Legal Skills and Mooting. He graduated with an LLB from the University of Central Lancashire in 2009 before going on to complete his LLM at the same institution in 2012. During this period, Zaman had teaching responsibilities at the University of Central Lancashire and then Edge Hill University, where he taught Legal Obligations, Public Law and European Union Law.

After graduating with an LLM, Zaman went on to work in practice as a fee earner for a firm of defendant solicitors, with notable clients including the NHS Litigation Authority. His role covered many aspects of defence work with a key specialisation in negotiating savings to legal costs.

Zaman is also a doctoral candidate, having commenced PhD study in 2016.


Very professional

Anonymous | 2019

"“I approached the advice centre with a fairly complex situation relating to professional negligence. I was initially contacted following the completion of their online enquiry form, I might add in a very timely fashion. After consideration of the basic details provided, a meeting was arranged with Mr Ian Bowden.

I met Mr Bowden to discuss the details and provided him with a large amount of paperwork. The meeting was relaxed but very professional. I was given a timescale as to when I would receive their advice and I was asked to provide further relevant information.

True to his word (not always the case when dealing with the legal profession) I received a detailed evaluation and recommendations. The advice was not what I was hoping for, but I have full confidence in it. I believe that this is a valuable service that will benefit our town. I have absolutely no reservation in recommending the advice centre to the people of Bolton and a big thank you to Mr Bowden for his expediency and professionalism.”"


Clear and constructive advice

Anonymous | 2019

"“The Legal Advice Centre at the University of Bolton came to my aid when I was at a very low ebb. I had a problem that was causing me enormous stress and financial hardship but I was crippled by indecision, uncertain of my rights and obligations.

The clear and constructive advice I received from the team at the Legal Advice Centre helped me chart a path through my problems. Knowing how not to make the situation worse took a great weight off my mind, and the creative solutions suggested gave me the confidence to move forward, safe in the knowledge that my choices were legally sound.”"


Credible and professional legal advice

Anonymous | 2019

"“This has been an amazing opportunity to seek advice and guidance from this new service. Ian’s professionalism and expert knowledge has been invaluable in giving me some clarity and direction in a very emotional and stressful time in my life.

Having been thrown into a situation whereby decisions needed to be made with little prior knowledge of the legal complexities involved, I have found this service and Ian to be so helpful in alleviating my worries and giving very practical, knowledgeable guidance with compassion and empathy.

Access to credible and professional legal advice is what I needed to make some key decisions and independently action some of these. I am extremely grateful to have been able to access this free of charge and given in such a timely and supportive way. Thank you.”"



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