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


Drop in Sessions


Due to the ongoing public health emergency, we are currently unable to offer a drop in session to our clients. We hope to be able to resume this as soon as circumstances allow. In the meantime, we are able to offer clients remote appointments with our team. To request an appointment please complete our enquiry form and we will make all of the arrangements for you.

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.


First class

Ms F | 2020

"Provided a first class service with all relevant information and signposted me where required. Much appreciated."


Amazing service

Ms L | 2020

"An amazing service which has been far superior to that of legal services I have paid for. The whole process has been professional whilst incredibly supportive through a system that is overwhelming. I would whole heartedly, recommend the Bolton University Legal Advice Service to anyone requiring guidance in relation to legal matters."


A very efficient process from start to finish

Anonymous | 2020

"Ian is a credit to the department and is a very helpful and knowledgeable person. Despite COVID limitations, very thorough and detailed advice has been provided in a short time frame and in a easy to understand manner. I would like to extend a huge thank you to Ian and the students for the work provided!"


Outstanding service

Ms H | 2020

"I was very impressed at the professionalism shown through. The detailed advice given is amazing and I feel equipped for how I want to proceed with my issue. I’m so very grateful for this free service and will be informing others to utilise it too."


Speedy and quality service

Anonymous | 2020

"I contacted the advice centre regarding a housing issue, I was offered an appointment the next day and was given a very detailed and well written letter presenting my options. I was very impressed with the speed and quality of the service and was made to feel comfortable during the interview. I couldn't recommend them more."



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