Northumbria launches legal advice pilot

Northumbria Law School’s (NLS) aspiring lawyers have teamed up with one of the largest legal aid firms in the North East to offer free legal advice.

The 10-week pilot with Newcastle-headquartered firm Ben Hoare Bell, is aimed to improve access to legal advice for people living and working in the area.

Dean of NLS Kevin Kerrigan said: “The law school has always been committed to working with the community and giving our students practical experience of what it means to be a lawyer.”

The students will provide free one-hour appointments in a range of areas of law under the supervision of the solicitors from Ben Hoare Bell.

Kerrigan added that he hopes the project, which starts on 9 February, will be extended beyond October 2012, and into a long-term programme.