The Birmingham office of national law firm Mills & Reeve has once more joined forces with Birmingham Law School at the University of Birmingham to provide free legal advice to members of the university’s local community.

The launch of the Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group (FLAG) follows a successful three-month pilot, which ran earlier this year. Lawyers from Mills & Reeve, working alongside law students, received more than 30 calls to the legal hotline.

Ruth Creed, a senior solicitor at Mills & Reeve, said the volunteer teams – which include 30 partners, associates and solicitors from the firm – were consulted on a wide range of legal issues, ranging from matrimonial and family disputes, wills and employment to a query regarding an allotment.

She said: “The cut-backs in public funding mean that more people are finding it difficult to access legal advice.”

The extended Birmingham FLAG scheme will now run until December 17 and from January 17 to April 1 from 5pm-7pm each Thursday.