Double award win for Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Centre

Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Centre has won two awards for its commitment to providing access to justice for those who could not otherwise afford legal support.

Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Centre has won two awards for its commitment to providing access to justice for those who could not otherwise afford legal support.

The 'teaching law firm', which sees students provide free legal advice to members of the community, has won the LawWorks Award for Best Contribution by a Law School as well as the Access to Justice Foundation Award 2016.

The awards were presented at the tenth annual LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards at the House of Commons on 28 April by the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC MP.

Dean of Nottingham Law School, Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker, said: "We were absolutely thrilled to win both awards as the competition was extremely high. It is great to be able to say we now have a multi-award winning Law Centre as we continue to enhance our activities and move into new and much needed areas of pro bono advice and assistance."

The Centre's inFrinGeMent project was also runner up for the best new student pro bono activity. The inFrinGeMent group works to educate communities, voluntary groups and professionals on how the law can be used for protection of victims and potential victims of FGM.

Final-year LLB (Hons) Law student Natasha Ward was also highly commended in the category for Best Contribution by an Individual Student.

We were absolutely thrilled to win both awards as the competition was extremely high.

Dean of Nottingham Law School, Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker

Director of the Legal Advice Centre, Nick Johnson, said: "This year we celebrate ten years of pro bono activity, and these awards are a fitting representation of our accomplishments during this time. The Centre provides a valuable service to the community and an excellent learning opportunity for our students, who graduate with a solid ethical grounding, practical experience, and an awareness of the issues surrounding access to justice."

The Centre, which also recently won the Nottinghamshire Law Society Contribution to the Community Award 2016, was set up in 2006 and relaunched in new premises in 2014. Student advisers are supervised by in-house solicitors and provide legal services on a range of areas, including employment, housing, welfare rights and intellectual property. Last year more than 230 Nottingham Law School students worked on 185 cases.

The only Free Representation Unit outside London, the Centre also provides the local community with free representation in employment and social security tribunals, recovering more than £300,000 for its clients since April 2015.

Jenny Holloway, Associate Dean, added: "We are privileged to work with an amazing group of dedicated and talented student volunteers in the Legal Advice Centre and I am delighted that our student projects are getting national recognition."

Nottingham Law School, part of Nottingham Trent University, is also short-listed for Legal Education Provider of the Year in the Solicitors Journal Awards.

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    LawWorksLawWorks is a charity working to enable access to justice through connecting people to free legal advice. It connects volunteer lawyers, trainees and law students with individuals in need, who are not eligible for legal aid and who cannot afford to pay. It also brokers legal advice for community groups and smaller charities, enabling them to better support their beneficiaries. LawWorks is committed to supporting, promoting and encouraging a commitment to pro bono across the legal profession.

    The Access to Justice FoundationThe Access to Justice Foundation is the result of collaboration between the Bar Council, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, the Law Society and the voluntary sector (represented by Advice Services Alliance), supported by the judiciary, the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General's Office.

    The Foundation aims to:

    • Work strategically.
    • Help in the overall effort to provide practical "access to justice" to those unable to afford help.
    • By its existence, to encourage the development of further schemes that will raise new, additional, money to support the provision and organisation of pro bono legal assistance.
    • Be the preferred destination of choice for funds raised from such schemes.
    • Work with a matrix of Legal Support Trusts around England and in Wales.

    Nottingham Trent University
    Nottingham Trent University’s five-year strategic plan "Creating the University of the Future" has five main ambitions: Creating Opportunity, Valuing Ideas, Enriching Society, Connecting Globally and Empowering People.
    The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015. It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award.

Double award win for Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Centre

Published on 29 April 2016
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