King's Legal Clinic collaborates with Fletchers Solicitors to launch the first 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. As such, the Cycling Injuries Clinic will be unique in requiring students to work on online case files and documents, while liaising 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,'
said Stephen Levett, former Director of Clinical Legal Education at The Dickson Poon School of Law.
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 King's 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,’ said Ed Fletcher, CEO of Fletchers.