The Pro Bono advice clinic is a joint initiative between the University of Northampton’s law division, Shoosmiths, Northampton and District Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and LawWorks (the operating name of the solicitors’ Pro Bono Group).
The clinic is hosted and administered by the Northampton and District CAB, with all advice being delivered by Shoosmiths staff with support from Law students at the University of Northampton. The clinic is aimed at people who live or work in Northampton and the surrounding areas who cannot otherwise access or afford legal advice. It provides professional knowledge and expertise for the benefit of the community and is offered at no cost to the client.
Students and Law staff from the University provide their expertise to the local community – enhancing student learning and giving them fantastic practical experience. The clinic offers advice in the following areas:
- housing (private, landlord and tenant) law
- employment law
- consumer law
Other areas of law may be covered by arrangement. Access to the clinic is by pre-arranged appointment – all clients are referred by Northampton and District CAB ‘Gateway Assessors’ who are generally the first point of contact for people seeking advice from the CAB.