10,000 hours of free legal advice for Notts as Centre c...
10,000 hours of free legal advice for Notts as Centre celebrates first birthday
Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre has celebrated its first birthday, after providing more than 10,000 hours of free advice to the local community in its first twelve months.
Since its opening on 25 June 2014, in excess of 220 Nottingham Law School students have been involved in the Centre, with more than 140 clients benefiting from free legal advice. The Centre has also successfully represented and recovered in the region of £40,000 for clients with tribunal cases.
The Legal Advice Centre was opened by the then Attorney General, Dominic Grieves QC MP. All of Nottingham Law School’s pro bono activity comes under the Centre, including free representation for clients in local employment and social security tribunals, local community outreach projects and the Miscarriages of Justice Project .
The Centre also facilitates overseas placements and internships and international pro bono opportunities, which in 2014 saw students on placements in the USA and India tackle cases involving miscarriages of justice and human rights violations.
Three new projects have also been launched this year; the Nottingham Creative Intellectual Property Project to help local creative industries to protect their ideas; inFrinGeMent, which aims to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation; and the Personal Support Unit, which allows students to assist litigants in person in both the Civil and Family Courts.
Director of the Legal Advice Centre, Nick Johnson, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating the Centre’s first birthday, especially as this year we have been able to significantly increase the amount of pro bono work we have done for our local community. The Centre is a fantastic facility which provides an important service to the public while at the same time giving real-life legal experience to more students than ever before.”
Nottingham Law School is part of Nottingham Trent University, which has recently applied to the Solicitors Regulation Authority for an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) licence for the Centre.
If granted, the ABS licence would transform the current offering to law students and the public, giving the Centre flexibility in its future development and enabling students to participate in the work of a teaching law firm.
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