Equality Lawyers' First Appointment Terms and Conditions

  1. Use of the First Appointment (as defined below) indicates the agreement by the person attending the appointment (‘Attendee’), for themselves and on behalf of the organisation that employs or contracts them, to be bound by these terms and conditions

  2. Equality Lawyers will make available an appointment (via Zoom Conference or telephone) for people with disabilities, their families or supporters to telephone or videoconference with Equality Lawyers to obtain an initial assessment of their legal issue and a discussion on whether we can assist and how to proceed; legal issues will be confined to the Services currently offered by Equality Lawyers (‘First Appointment’).

  3. Equality Lawyers has set the maximum time for the First Appointment to be no more than 30 minutes and has absolute discretion to conduct the First Appointment for less than 30 minutes and to refuse to engage with any Attendee.

  4. Equality Lawyers will not charge Attendees for the First Appointment or for the advice provided during any such meeting.

  5. The use of the First Appointment is not intended to be a replacement for the requirement to engage a lawyer to provide formal written legal advice or the preparation of any documents, including advice on the prospects of success of the Attendee’s legal issue. Any requirement for written advice or the preparation of documents by Equality Lawyers Lawyers will be subject to an agreement between Equality Lawyers and the Attendee for a specific engagement, documented in writing by Equality Lawyers.

  6. The provision of advice during a First Appointment is not intended to and does not create a relationship of solicitor and client between Equality Lawyers and any person. Equality Lawyers (and each of its employees) is released by Attendees from all professional duties, obligations and claims that may otherwise arise, but for these terms and conditions, as a result of the provision of the First Appointment and any advice provided to an Attendee.

  7. If, during the course of any First Appointment, Equality Lawyers identify any legal conflict of interest as a result of Equality Lawyers’ professional duties to its existing clients, Equality Lawyers will notify you of such fact.

  8. Any personal information that we receive from you will be treated in accordance with our Privacy Policy as it applies from time to time. A copy is available on our website.