Brighton Legal Clinic is an appointment-only pro bono centre open every other Tuesday between 4:00 and 6:00pm, and a telephone hotline open every day 10-4pm. The main areas of work the clinic can assist with are housing, employment, family and commercial. Matters outside these areas can be considered by the team so an enquiry is encouraged.
The clinic is looking for qualified solicitors and barristers to supervise the legal clinic appointments and client files which are managed by its student clinicians. Volunteer solicitors/barristers will supervise the client appointment and review the draft letter of advice produced by the student clinicians. No advice is given during the client appointment. Full conflict checks are carried out with you prior to acting. The clinic is fully insured by the university’s professional indemity insurance provider and you will not need your own.
What is the time commitment be?
Volunteer professionals will attend Brighton Legal Clinic on clinic opening nights to supervise the clinic appointments where required. Then, over a period of 10 working days, the volunteer solicitor/barrister will review the student clinicians draft letter of advice and ensure it is suitable to be sent to the client. Supervising solicitors/barristers can supervise as often or as little as they wish, although we would recommend at least one clinic appointment per academic term. You are also welcome at all social events held by the clinic.
What will volunteers get out of this?
Volunteer supervising solicitors/barristers will be provided with an introduction to the clinic and its processes and can contact the clinic director at any time for support or guidance. Existing supervisors are on hand to demonstrate supervision initially if needed. Documentation such as handbooks, interview checklists, complaints procedure, etc., is provided.
Volunteers will be qualified solicitors/barristers who have a practising certificate in England & Wales and have at least 3 years’ PQE. Ideally you will have experience of the areas of law being currently offered by the clinic.
Application process - is there any information you would like applicants to provide?
Please email your current CV to Bronty Ansell at the University of Brighton.
Is there a deadline for applications or is this an ongoing opportunity?