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BPP law students help tackle rogue landlords with launch of free advice clinic

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New pro bono scheme will assist those facing a number of residential property legal issues including unfair rent increases

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Aspiring lawyers at BPP University Law School will help tackle rogue landlords as part of new free advice clinic that launched earlier this month.

The pro-bono initiative will see students — assisted by qualified solicitors — provide face-to-face and written legal advice, to members of the public who are considering taking legal action in relation to a residential property dispute.

Students will be able to assist on a range of legal issues, including rent increases, lease disputes, improvement notices, prohibition orders and will even advise those who have been refused permission to purchase their council owned property.

And BPP’s young legal minds are already in high demand. With six 20 minute advice slots available every Tuesday, the first tranche were quickly snapped up on May 10th by members of the public keen to know the merits of their case. The drop-ins — which are part of wider BPP initiative to provide advice on family and housing law on a pro bono basis — take place at the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in Fitzrovia, London.

Veronica Barran — who is a deputy regional judge — was “delighted” that the new scheme had been given the green light. Trumpeting the benefits of pro bono work within the housing sector she continued:

Landlord & Tenant and Housing are difficult areas of law and unrepresented parties at this tribunal can struggle to put their case and to provide relevant evidence. Respondent tenants can be fearful of losing their homes. There are few sources of pro bono or affordable help in residential property cases and our case officers are relieved to be able to tell litigants in person that help is available at the BPP University London Legal Advice clinic in our tribunal centre.

Meanwhile, Tony Martin, who will be one of the qualified solicitors supervising the law students, confirmed how many litigants in person struggle with the complexities surrounding housing law and added:

Law students are ideally placed to give advice and BPP University ensures that they are properly supervised and supported.

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Anonymous

“BPP University ensures that they are properly supervised and supported” … until it loses their Ethics exam papers.

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Anonymous

“Aspiring lawyers at BPP University Law School will help tackle rouge landlords”. What about landlords of other colours?

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Thomas Connelly

As amusing as that is, I have now corrected. Thanks Anonymous.

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Danger Mouser Chief Agitator & Rabble Rouser

Great news. The legal aid cuts are hammering community law services so it’s great to see this sort of help. Massive advantage for students too as you get to practice client skills as well – and these centres tend to produce very stressed out clients so my advice always is to forget that it’s free and still treat them like they’re £500 an hour clients. They appreciate it, you get to add to your skill set and knowledge, and make the world just that much better, too.

Always a very worthy enterprise and of great benefit to any future law practitioner no matter your intended area.

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Sad but true

Will someone also go and set up an advice clinic to tackle rogue private law schools?

One of my mates keeps getting threatening emails from ULaw asking him to pay up some ~£5000 in ‘debt’ he incurred by signing up for their GDL and then cancelling as he was sent by his firm to BPP.

Apparently he had done so after their cancellation period (even though he cancelled in late July) so now he’s getting debt collection letters for a course he’s literally never set foot in.

Pity LC doesn’t have the courage to run a story like that.

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Anonymous

I know of several people afflicted by that clause in ULaw’s application to do the GDL. There’s tonsof posts about this on get out of debt forums and such.

I wish I could see into what’s up with the whole thing.

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