Pro bono opportunity with Durham University Pro Bono Society Project

The weekly pro bono clinic works in partnership with Citizens Advice County Durham to provide legal advice to clients in the local Durham community. This clinic has always operated an online model, and as such, is well established to adapt to current circumstances. Due to increased demand, the clinic is looking to expand their current offering to be able to assist more clients.

What are you looking for volunteers to help with?

The clinic is looking for qualified lawyers who would be able to provide one-off legal advice to clients, preferably in relation to employment law matters but other areas of law would be considered.

Clients are referred by Citizens Advice County Durham to the Durham University Pro Bono Society project. Students carry out an initial interview with the client to obtain summary details of the matter. If the query falls within the remit of the service, students make all arrangements for an online meeting between the client, students and lawyer. At the online appointment, advice is provided by the lawyer to the client, and students take a note of the information on behalf of the client.

Students assist with the administrative needs of both parties, to ensure the smooth running of appointments. As the advice is provided online volunteers can be operating from anywhere in the country, increasing the convenience and efficiency of the service.

What will the time commitment be?

Two one-hour appointments are held every Wednesday afternoon in term time. Volunteers are requested to support a clinic on a regular basis, subject to availability, but preferably at least once per month.

What will volunteers get out of this?

Not only will volunteers be providing a vital service to clients who are unable to afford legal advice or are not eligible for legal aid, they will be supporting students to develop their own legal skills and knowledge, and helping to train the lawyers of the future.

Person specification - what type of volunteers are you looking for?

Qualified lawyers (minimum 2 years PQE), preferably in employment law, however other specialities would be considered.

Volunteers will need to have reliable internet access for online meetings with clients.

Application process - is there any information you would like applicants to provide?

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email a summary of your experience and availability for appointments to the clinic coordinator, Hannah Brodie: hannah.r.brodie@durham.ac.uk

Details

Region:
North East
Opportunity type:
Closing date:
Friday, December 31, 2021
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