Community set to benefit from expansion of Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Centre

People in Nottingham are set to benefit from the expansion of Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Centre as the appointment of two new legal assistants means more support for those who could not normally afford legal advice.

People in Nottingham are set to benefit from the expansion of Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Centre, as the appointment of two new legal assistants means more support for those who could not normally afford legal advice.

Callum Scott and Brogan Roache, both former Nottingham Trent University students, will help to provide a range of services at the Centre, which recently won the 2016 Nottinghamshire Law Society Contribution to the Community Award.

The "teaching law firm" was set up in 2006 and relaunched in new premises in 2014. Student advisers are supervised by in-house solicitors and provide legal services in 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 (FRU) outside London, the Centre also provides the local community with free representation in employment and social security tribunals. Between the FRU and the Legal Advice Centre, over £500,000 has been recovered for clients since April 2015.

Brogan and Callum both volunteered in the Centre when they were students, and will now be taking on FRU and Legal Advice Centre cases themselves.

"After helping the people in my local community who needed assistance when they had nowhere else to turn, I know that I will get a feeling of reward and satisfaction from the work that I undertake within the Centre," said Brogan, who completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at the University, and who hopes to become a barrister.

As well as offering advice, Callum and Brogan will assist clients with tasks, sending legal documents on their behalf or representing them in court where appropriate.

Callum, who studied Chemistry before going on to gain a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), said: "I am looking forward to renewing links with external legal partners in Nottingham, as I have had personal experience of the benefits they bring to the Legal Advice Centre and to the student advisors themselves."

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Community set to benefit from expansion of Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Centre

Published on 30 November 2016
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