College of Law launches new pro bono centre

The College of Law celebrated National Pro Bono Week with the launch of a brand new legal advice centre and by honouring volunteers at a reception yesterday (Thursday).

Mr Barry Shearman MP, Chair of the Children, Schools & Families Select Committee, was on hand to open the new facilities at the college’s Bloomsbury branch and to hand out the awards.

Graduate Diploma in Law student Alma Begum was recognised for her work relating to the Streetlaw scheme – a community project designed to improve legal literacy. Bar Vocational Course student Sam Madge-Wyld, meanwhile, was applauded for his work relating to leaseholder valuations. Former Legal Practice Course student Ross Howarth was honoured in relation to his case work concerning housing and employment.

Following the awards ceremony, Mr Shearman MP cut the ribbon on the Colleges new legal advice centre. The improved facilities will give volunteers even greater scope to assist members of the local community, whilst continuing to provide students with a practical insight into legal practice in a properly supervised environment.