Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele

Time for Justice

Welcome to CLOCK, a unique and innovative project with universities, law firms, barrister chambers, mediation, charitable and court services contributing their time to educate, assist, monitor and promote access to justice in your local area.

CLOCK has pioneered this direct, one-site access to the unique Community Legal Companion Service, to assist you access our CLOCK participants' legal aid, charitable and affordable legal services, in family, divorce and separation, children's arrangements and protection, domestic and sexual violence, housing and asylum matters.

Click 'Apply for Assistance' to access your local university Community Legal Companion service. According to your request, the community legal companion will contact you, so you can explain your needs, and signpost you to our appropriate participants to offer their specific service, and, if needed, our companions may assist you as McKenzie Friend in your local court.

Click 'Get Involved' to become a CLOCK participant to offer your service according to our shared commitment to provide wider access to justice in your area.

Please note that CLOCK is a voluntary service, and is limited to student availability in the University assessment and vacation time, so please look at the CLOCK leaflet to directly contact law firms and charitable services for direct assistance.

Apply for Assistance


The Community Legal Outreach Collaboration, Keele (CLOCK), represents a public, private and third sector partnership, working in time to critically respond to the effects of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act, 2012, on the provision of publicly funded legal services and examine and create new and innovative ways to respond to access to justice needs.


Currently operating from University Law Schools, in the respective Court Centres from Keele, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire; Brighton, Sussex; Canterbury, Kent; Salford, Greater Manchester and Essex. Forthcoming from Birmingham City, Birmingham and Liverpool John Moores, Liverpool.

Scope to operate from all University Law Schools to assist access to justice in Court Centres across the UK.

Click map markers for more info on current universities


CLOCK has designed the unique role of the 'Community Legal Companion', to assist access to charitable, law firm and court services, and assist according to the McKenzie Friend Principles to:

1) Signpost litigants to participant organisations for access to:

  • Legal Aid assessment
  • Mediation assessment
  • Charitable support services
  • Affordable legal services

2) Assist litigants-in-person:

  • Fill in Court Application Forms
  • Arrange Case Papers
  • Accompany in formal/court proceedings
  • Take notes


CLOCK's Founding Participants contribute professional expertise from their University Law School, Law Firms, Housing associations, Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Services, Citizens Advice, Welfare and Asylum support services to help understand the complex needs of litigants-in-person and create a holistic approach to access to justice.

CLOCK has created Higher Education Institution partnerships, for each University Law School to lead the CLOCK Community Legal Companion Service in partnership with a law firm, charitable and court service in their area, according to the CLOCK Founding principles of access to justice.