The University of South Wales’ (USW) School of Law has partnered with leading Welsh law firm, Capital Law, to develop its Legal Advice Clinic’s pro bono initiative. The new scheme will see junior lawyers from Capital Law collaborate with Student Clinic Volunteers, to provide pro bono legal advice to the community.
The School of Law set up the Clinic to increase its students’ opportunities for legal pro bono work. The Clinic is a free community-based face-to-face advice service staffed by trained Student Clinic Volunteers, who work under the supervision of practising solicitors and barristers.
Managed remotely from Capital Law’s offices by Richard Thomas, who heads up the firm’s Employment and Immigration team, and Nicola Mead-Batten, who leads its Public Law & Regulatory services, the junior lawyers will work on a rota-based system. Each week, two of the trainee solicitors will be ‘on-call’, supporting the students who interview clients, assess them and draw legal advice.