In brief: Asian helpline “breaks down barriers”

A legal helpline set up in January by the Society of Asian Lawyers (Sal) has received more than 500 calls from the Asian community in the UK. The free and confidential line is staffed by qualified volunteers. The society now has plans to expand the services it provides to the community. “By offering legal advice in the language of the caller, we've just begun to break down barriers within the Asian community in seeking qualified legal advice,” said Sal chair Sailesh Mehta.