Manchester and QMUL students among winners at pro bono awards

Students and universities have been recognised for their charitable work at LawWorks’ annual student pro bono awards.

The award for ‘Best pro bono contribution by a law school’ went to Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre at Nottingham Trent University. Last year, it became the first university to apply for an Alternative Business Structure licence to become a ‘teaching law firm’. In 2015, over 220 students worked on 185 cases by providing legal advice to clients.

The award for ‘Best contribution by a team of students’ was handed to Queen Mary University’s Legal Advice Centre for its SPITE project, which advises victims of revenge porn. The ‘Best new student pro bono activity’ award, meanwhile, went to the University of Manchester’s Legal Advice Centre’s Dementia Law Clinic.

Finally, Fergus Lawrie of the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic won the award for best contribution by an individual student.

Lawrie has been a student adviser in the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic since 2013 and is now is a ‘firm co-ordinator’ which involves overseeing the work of 37 other students, He also took a leading role in an exchange programme Strathclyde ran with the University of Miami Health Rights Law Clinic, organising the accommodation, entertainment and exchange activities for Miami students’ trip to Glasgow, and developing a new form of training using ‘forum theatre’.

The University of Law won the Law School Challenge, having raised the most funds for LawWorks and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.