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Salford Uni law students to tackle unfair dismissal and divorce disputes with launch of free advice clinic

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Follows similar moves made by Bolton and Bristol

Aspiring lawyers at the University of Salford will soon be advising members of the public on a range of legal issues as part of a new law clinic due to open this month.

The pro-bono initiative will see second and third year law students tackle legal issues such as employment disputes, housing problems and family matters. Volunteers will receive supervision and support from the uni’s academics, as well as solicitors from northern duo Ward Hadaway and Fieldings Porter.

The uni says the aim of the clinic is to support the many members of the local community who, as a result of government cuts to legal aid, have been left with no representation or access to justice.

Government figures show that half of the not-for-profit legal advice services in England and Wales have shut their doors over the past few years. In 2013/14 there were 94, but by 2019/20 only 47 remained.

The law clinic’s co-directors, Dr Michelle Waite and Christine Peacock, who are both solicitors, said: “This could be a good opportunity for any member of the public who has legal issues to get some free advice. At the moment we are covering housing, employment and family law, but that could expand in the future.”

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They continued:

“We could be looking at issues such as disputes about tenancy deposits, unfair dismissal, or divorce and access to children. Anything we can do to make a small difference will be welcomed, but it is just a drop in the ocean compared to the need we know is out there for this type of advice.”

Earlier this summer, the University of Bolton revealed it was gearing up to launch a similar clinic to address what it says is the “huge gap” in free, local legal support. This came just weeks after the University of Bristol expanded its student-staffed law centre to offer bereaved families free legal help at inquests.

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15 Comments

Anonymous

Who would be desperate enough to take legal advice from students at the University of Salford?

Salford lad

Your mum when she left your dad

Bernie

For the milkman.

Name

Probably the same Dads you serve when they bring their kids in for a Happy Meal every other Saturday…

Same old, same old

My predictions for this comment page:

– Salford Uni sucks
– Legal Cheek sucks
– The other commenters suck
– Something about a Lambo

JDP

What, don’t I get a mention? Disappointing.

By the way, I have had a few trainees who I have given a pro-bono.

anon

what does JDP stand for?

Tim

Jones Day Partner.

JDP

I stand when I’ve dispensed my load and need to open the door to usher out the trainee who was recipient of such precious cargo.

Topcock

Salford University? Never heard of her.

Anon

I do hope the law students who volunteer here are told what the law considers to be sexual harassment as part of their training.

Not every volunteer is a saint. Some go as far as threatening journalists and silencing victims of sexual harassment when they speak out.

This would only make the advocacy service and those they employ look awful in the eyes of others.

Harassment is bad, but so is desperately covering it up these days.

A

Imagine if the place actually asked law students to prepare employment tribunal claims for sexual harassment?

Would be awful to have someone who sexually harasses women prepare someone else’s sexual harassment claim.

The irony of it all.

Anon

Harassment is bad. So are false accusations.

Fred Rolled Umberto

Any objective evidence or statistics for these mass ‘false accusations’?

If mass ‘false accusations’ exist only inside your head, they aren’t real and ‘Yes’, you are likely to be in deep trouble for what you did.

So much worry.
So few statistics.

Anonymous

Yes, your post is evidence of false accusations. Thanks for proving that point.

Not that evidence is needed as it’s for the accuser to provide evidence, not the accused.

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