Four award nominations for Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre

Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre is in the running for four awards for its commitment to providing access to justice for those who could not otherwise afford legal support.

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The Legal Advice Centre opened in new premises in 2014

Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre is in the running for four national 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 been nominated for three prizes in the LawWorks Awards, including Best Contribution by an Individual Student, Best New Pro Bono Activity and Best Contribution by a Law School. It has also been shortlisted for the Access to Justice Foundation Award 2016.

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.

Shortlisted for the LawWorks Individual Student prize is final-year LLB (Hons) Law student, Natasha Ward. Natasha leads the Centre’s student Outreach Advice Project, which offers fortnightly drop in sessions at two locations based in Nottingham; St George’s Community Centre and Nottingham Women’s Centre. She has also been involved in the Centre’s Miscarriage of Justice project, worked on client cases, and undertaken a placement in the Public Defender’s Office in Savannah, Georgia, USA.

The centre provides a valuable service to the community and an excellent learning opportunity for our students.

Nicholas Johnson, Director of the Legal Advice Centre

A project set up by graduates and students from Nottingham Law School to raise awareness of the law surrounding female genital mutilation has been nominated as Best New Pro Bono Activity. Supported by the Centre, 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.

Director of the Legal Advice Centre, Nicholas Johnson, said: “This year we celebrate ten years of pro bono activity and these nominations 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.”

Dean of Nottingham Law School, Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker, said: “There is a real feeling of energy and innovation within the Centre as we continue to enhance our activities and move into new and much needed areas of pro bono advice and assistance.”

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.”

The winners will be announced at the tenth annual LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards at the House of Commons on 28 April 2016, and will be presented by the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC MP.

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

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    The Access to Justice Foundation is the result of collaboration between the Bar Council, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, 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. For further information visit the Access to Justice Foundation website

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Four award nominations for Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre

Published on 25 April 2016
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