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June 2016

Legal Advice Centre enjoys string of successes

(19 June 2016)

The School of Law’s Legal Advice Centre offers both a unique chance for students to develop practical skills by offering pro bono legal advice in real legal cases, and, in doing so, offers local people free legal advice. Under the supervision of a qualified solicitor, students meet clients, research their cases and prepare advice for them.

In the last few months, the Centre has won:

  • The national LawWorks and Attorney General prize for the Best New Student Pro Bono Activity for its Dementia Law Clinic. This is the first holistic legal clinic of its kind to provide not just legal, but also nursing advice, as well as activities and communication support for those living with dementia and their carers.

It was also shortlisted for the National Finals of the GB Care Awards in May 2016.

The Centre’s Deputy Director, Neil Allen, said, “We are delighted with the success of the Dementia Law Clinic. Thanks to the partnership we established with the mental health charity, Making Space, we are able to provide a wider range of legal and support services to families and expose students to a more holistic approach to clinical legal education. Particular thanks must go to our administrators and to our supervising lawyers, without whom none of this would be possible.”