Welcome to the University of Bristol Law Clinic

Please note that we are currently running almost to capacity.  This may mean that there could be a delay of up to 4 weeks before our students are able to take on any new cases.

 

The University of Bristol Law Clinic is staffed and co-ordinated by students from the University of Bristol Law School.  Advice and help is given by the students.

Competition for places in the Law Clinic was very tough this year. We received 220 applications for 35 student places. Nick Roper, student director, discusses the processes and why places are in such high demand.

Please note that involvement in the Clinic is limited to University of Bristol students only.

Our services

The Clinic will provide two types of service.  We provide legal advice and help to members of the public on a pro-bono basis in a number of areas including:

  • Housing / Property   Landlord-Tenant disputes
  • Employment law and disputes
  • Consumer / Sale of goods and services  
  • General contract/tort
  • Problems with the police
  • Welfare benefits and social security law.

Please note that we do not have the expertise to deal with cases where discrimination of any form is being alleged.

 

The Law Clinic's StreetLaw project, involves students delivering presentations to schools or groups in the community so they are better able to deal with particular types of situation. Previous presentations include the implications and possible repercussions of holding a house party, landlord and tenant issues, and consumer rights.

We are always willing to expand our StreetLaw project and other services. Please contact us if you are interested in hearing about StreetLaw or the other opportunities and assistance available to your organisation.

Please note:

  • If you are currently being assisted by a lawyer or your own legal expenses insurance we are unfortunately not able to help you.
  • We do not normally take on cases outside of the immediate geographical area.

New initiatives

We are aware that many groups of people find it difficult to go and see a lawyer even if they need advice or help. For that reason we were very pleased to hold weekly advice sessions at Kids Company in Silver Street Bristol, supporting particularly vulnerable young people. With the demise of Kids Company we are already looking at ways in which we can continue to support those young people who received help and advice at those sessions and also how we can extend the scope of the service now the drop in service or centre is unlikely to be available in the future.The closure of Kids Company does not mean that the young people no longer need help and advice.

We are pleased to confirm that from February 2016 we are running a weekly drop in advice session for young people through Learning Partnership West at The Island, Silver Street Bristol. Advice is available on a drop in basis without appointment or by referral. The session will be on a Wednesday at 1pm.

We are currently accepting referrals from Bristol CAB, the PSU at Bristol County Court, and Bristol Drugs Project, together with solicitors' firms and advice agencies for appointments in the Wills Building, Queens Road, Bristol as well as direct contact by members of the public with a legal problem. We can also provide Clinic students to accompany counsel at court.

The aim of the Clinic is to provide advice and help to members of the public who may not otherwise be able to access such a service. With the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) swingeing cuts were made to publicly funded legal advice. The Clinic is an attempt to provide help where otherwise it would not be available.  At the same time the students involved with the Clinic will be gaining experience and knowledge of the law as a result of their work in the Clinic.This would not have been possible without the generous support of the Alumni.