King's Legal Clinic collaborates with Fletchers Solicitors to launch the 1st UK Cycling Injuries Clinic!
King’s Legal Clinic, in association with leading personal injury experts Fletchers, is providing a new service by offering specialist free initial legal advice to victims of cycling accidents.
The Cycling Injuries Clinic will see law students from The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London interviewing clients and offering advice under the supervision of qualified lawyers.
Fletchers is a law firm based in Manchester. So, the Cycling Injuries Clinic will be unique in requiring students to work on online case files and documents and liaise with their supervisors via online conference calls.
“Working remotely with Fletchers will expose our students to the increasing automation of legal services, as well as some of the practical and ethical issues which working online raise. It is also important that students understand some of the commercial realities which impact on a client’s ability to obtain justice – for example, how to afford a lawyer when there is no legal aid available – and the Cycling Injuries Clinic will enable us to tackle some of those issues.”
Stephen Levett, Director of Clinical Legal Education at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) estimates that more than 18000 people a year are either seriously injured or slightly injured in cycling accidents, and many more accidents go unreported. The overwhelming majority of these accidents (around 75%) occur in urban centres such as London.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with Kings College London and their legal clinic. Cycling and motorcycling has never been more popular in London, and two-wheel accident cases have been our specialism at Fletchers for 30 years. We’re excited to share that knowledge with the students and also to provide excellent representation for anyone affected by a cycling accident that attends the clinic”
Ed Fletcher, CEO of Fletchers
King's Social Enterprise Clinic launches in partnership with Charles Russell Speechlys!
King's Legal Clinic and international law firm Charles Russell Speechlys LLP are teaming up to offer free legal advice to start-up social enterprises.
"Every year in London thousands of businesses are started by people who want to make a difference to their communities. This new legal advice clinic will make this that little bit easier by offering free legal advice on everything from the best form of business structure through to advice on employment contracts or data protection regulations."
Stephen Levett, Director of Clinical Legal Education, King's College London
Students from The Dickson Poon School of Law, working under the guidance of legal specialists from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, will offer free face-to-face interviews and letters of advice to anyone needing help to setup or develop a new social enterprise. Help will also be available for people who have recently become or are thinking of becoming self-employed.
"Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is delighted to be supporting the Dickson Poon School of Law in offering this new service. There are quite a few places in London where people can go to get help with legal problems around issues like housing or debt, but it can sometimes be difficult for a small business to get free legal advice about business related matters. Getting the right advice from the start can make the difference between success and failure."
Mark White, Associate at Charles Russell Speechlys
King's Legal Clinic working in partnership with The Personal Support Unit (PSU)
King’s Legal Clinic is happy to announce it is working in partnership with The Personal Support Unit (PSU).
The PSU is a national charity that provides free practical and emotional support to litigants in person (LIPs) with cases in the civil and family courts. They provide a vital support to LIPs which includes helping them fill out their court forms and draft legal documentation for their case.
Students from The Dickson Poon School of Law will receive training and supervision from staff at PSU London to volunteer and help LIPs navigate their way through the legal system. Volunteering will allow students to gain a greater understanding of:
- Civil court procedures and how they are used to ensure a case is just and fair.
- Using soft skills, like active listening, when interviewing clients.
- How advocacy is conducted in court hearings.
Stephen Levett, Director of Clinical Legal Education at King’s said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain hands on experience helping real clients deal with their cases. The PSU provides an immensely important service to LIPs and we hope this partnership will give students an insight into the issues concerning access to justice.”
Jane Mahon, London Family Regional Manager for PSU London said:
“The PSU is delighted to be entering into a new partnership with the Dickinson Poon School of Law at King’s. Having recently inducted our first group of student volunteers, we have been impressed with their commitment and passion for the work of the charity. It is our hope that King’s students will bring their energy and focus to assisting Litigants in Person to enable them to better represent themselves and to offer professional and compassionate support to those facing a very difficult time in court alone.”
King's Legal Clinic working in partnership with Duncan Lewis Solicitors
Free legal advice on Immigration and Asylum matters from Duncan Lewis Solicitors at King's Legal Clinic
In association with Duncan Lewis Solicitors, King's Legal Clinic is offering free legal advice on immigration and asylum matters through its Duncan Lewis Immigration and Asylum Clinic.
The clinic will operate every Tuesday evening and assist with a wide range of immigration matters for both European and Non-European nationals and their family members.
As this is an appointment-only service, clients need to be able to attend a face-to-face meeting with one of Duncan Lewis’s specialist solicitors at the Strand campus.
If you have an immigration or asylum matter that you would like to discuss with a specialist solicitor, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 020 7848 1575 to book an appointment.
Attorney General Visits King's Legal Clinic at King's College
Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP will visit King’s College London University on Tuesday 7 November to see and talk to students about their pro bono work as part of King's Legal Clinic.
The Attorney is the Government’s Pro Bono champion and plays a key role in supporting pro bono work, as well as raising awareness of available services among members of the public and practitioners.
Click here for the press release from the Attorney General's office.