Legal Services Agency

Legal Services Agency is a charity (SC017160) and a law centre

Press release:  LSA`s new CEO

LSA proudly welcomes our new Chief Executive, Aaliya Seyal.   Aaliya takes over from Interim Chief Executive, Ronald Franks under whose dedicated leadership the organisation successfully managed a period of significant change.

Aaliya brings over seventeen years’ experience in leading voluntary sector organisations, understanding challenges and opportunities within the sector.   She joins us from Citizens Advice Scotland, where she shaped the provision of advice and client experience as Director of Customer Journey.   Her previous experience includes managing Airdrie CAB, Ethnic Minorities Law Centre and Immigration Advisory Services four international offices.

Aaliya is a Committee Member of Scotlands National Lottery Community Fund, a lay member of The Law Society of Scotlands Civil Legal Aid Quality Assurance Sub-Committee and Equality and Diversity Committee and a trustee of Scottish Refugee Councils Board.

As is clear from her background, Aaliya champions principles of access to justice and promoting equality.   We expect Aaliya’s exceptional combination of experience, skills and values will build upon opportunities of working with our funders and partners as we move towards a new period in our development as Scotland’s premier Law Centre.

“People seek legal advice often at a point of vulnerability, lacking knowledge of their rights and possible resolutions. LSA has a strong record of tackling inequality, challenging injustice and providing communities a voice.   I look forward to working with an exceptionally talented team at LSA as the organisation enters its fourth decade building on its reputation of thinking outside the box and applying innovation to meet legal needs of disadvantaged communities and promoting legal education.” – Aaliya Seyal.

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Our 2018-2020 Annual P/Review is out.  You can download it here.

Legal Services Agency (LSA) is a Law Centre and Charity which provides skilled legal advice, assistance and representation to vulnerable people and those who would otherwise find it difficult to get legal advice.

We have experience in areas of law that other solicitors don`t deal with. Our strong commitment to social justice means we believe everyone should have the right expert on their side when things go wrong.

We concentrate on the rights of people who are disadvantaged through mental illness, dementia, vulnerability resulting from youth or old age, poverty, debt, threatened homelessness, exclusion or any other reason. 

When we are not able to help an individual, we work with our partner organisations to make sure they get help elsewhere.

We focus on many aspects of the law and human rights including:

1.      Housing and preventing homelessness

2.      Defended eviction and mortgage repossession cases

3.      Rights relating to incapacity law, mental health, dementia and acquired brain injury.

6.      Criminal Injuries Compensation, employment law and social welfare law.

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We have offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Greenock.

We are also a major legal educator in Scotland and run numerous Seminars every month.  We also produce various Publications and run policy campaigns. 

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