Our Successes over 2015/2016

Overview:

  • 134 cases taken on.
  • Range of legal areas covered, with the most popular including Property Law, Family Law and Employment Law.
  • Examples of areas of law we advised on:
    • Copyright
    • Personal injury
    • Medical negligence
    • Civil court procedure
    • Estate planning
    • Intellectual property
    • Landlold/Tenant disputes
  • Supervising solicitors from over 30 legal firms across Edinburgh providing their knowledge and expertise.

 

Feedback:

  • 91% of clients surveyed would recommend the Free Legal Advice Centre to friends and family.
  • Client survey feedback included:

Excellent service all round.

– Mr G, Edinburgh

Very fair. Thank you, a good service to the public.

– Mr S, Edinburgh

Free and reliable service as part of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Law.

– Mrs G, Edinburgh

 

We would like to thank all of our clients, students and supervising solicitors for supporting our service over this year.

We will be reopening at the start of the new academic year in September 2016. Appointment bookings will recommence in the middle of September, with our first appointment slots taking place on Monday 3rd October 2016.

 

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Fundraising for the Free Legal Advice Centre

2016 saw the introduction of The Big Leap at the University of Edinburgh, with students and staff across the university using the extra day from the leap year to take on a challenge and achieve things that are out of the ordinary. The Free Legal Advice Centre signed up to this challenge and the Fundraising Coordinator helped to organise a variety of events to raise money for the Centre. Our fundraising commenced with a Burns Supper for the students taking part in the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and who volunteer at the Free Legal Advice Centre. The students then became greatly involved in the fundraising and took part in bake sales, raffles and part of the proceeds of their Diploma ball also went towards the Centre’s fundraising.

 

Rebecca Samaras, the ECPLS Director, and Kerry Trewern, the Deputy Director of the ECPLS, are also taking part in The Big Leap by signing up to abseil off the David Hume Tower at the University of Edinburgh. This outstanding challenge will take place on Sunday 18th September 2016 in which they are both waiting in anticipation for. To sponsor our team in this fundraising event, please see our JustGiving page in aid of The Free Legal Advice Centre.

 

The 2015/2016 Student Committee has been extremely successful with their fundraising for the Free Legal Advice Centre with hundreds being raised from The Big Leap initiative so far, with further fundraising efforts continuing into the next academic year.

 

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SULCN Conference 2016

The Scottish University Law Clinic Network (SULCN) Conference took place on Wednesday 8th June 2016 at the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Law Clinic. The Free Legal Advice Centre was represented by a member of the 2015/2016 Student Operations Team and had attendees from a variety of Scottish universities, including Aberdeen and Napier. The guest speakers for this year’s event included Donald Nicholson OBE, founder of the Strathclyde Law Clinic, and Rob Marrs, Head of Education at the Law Society of Scotland.

 

Attendees were able to choose between two workshops to attend in the afternoon session: discussion led by Donald Nicholson on his paper ‘”Our Roots Began in (South) Africa”: Modelling Law Clinics to Maximise Social Justice Ends’ and a Street Law session taken by Rob Marrs. Donald’s workshop made the guests deliberate what would be the key aspects to include when starting up a law clinic. After working in groups to design their own law clinic, the groups then presented their model clinic to a panel in the style of BBC’s “Dragon’s Den.” In the second workshop, Rob Marrs walked the attendees through the Texas based case of Michael Morton who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife. In the style of a Criminal Scene Investigation (CSI), Rob showed the evidence to the group and asked them if they thought Mr Morton was innocent or guilty and why. This was an interactive session that tested the participants to make them consider each piece of evidence and then discuss the importance of providing Street Law sessions to children in schools around Scotland.

 

The afternoon wound up with the plenary session to discuss general SULCN business, including the election of Malcolm Combe as the Chairperson of SULCN and the decision of holding the next event in September with the Conference taking place at GCU in 2017. To find out more about this event, check out Malcom Combe’s Storify as he was live tweeting the event throughout the day.

 

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Free Legal Advice Centre participate in the Edinburgh Legal Walk 2015

The Edinburgh Legal Walk took place on Monday 12th October 2015 with several student volunteers from the Free Legal Advice Centre taking part. This was an 8km sponsored walk around Edinburgh to raise money for the Access to Justice Foundation which provides funding and support to pro bono charities.

This year the walk was named “The Edinburgh Magna Carta Legal Walk” as we were celebrating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215. The walk was headed up by Lord Tyre and Christine McLintock, the President of the Law Society of Scotland. The Edinburgh Legal Walk is not only a great opportunity to raise money for a local cause supporting the community, but it was also important for team building within our Free Legal Advice Centre and sightsee around the Old Town of Edinburgh.

The walk was a great success for the Free Legal Advice Centre with over £600 being raised for the Access to Justice Foundation. The money raised from events such as this helps to provide an access to justice to the local community as the organisation supports the ever growing need for free legal advice centres.

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