Bristol Law School and Stowe Family Law enter into collaborative relationship

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This week Bristol Law School announced that they will be entering into a collaborative relationship with Stowe Family Law (SFL).

SFL, joined the Bristol Legal Community on Monday 12 February by opening a new office on Queen Square.   The Bristol team will provide expert divorce and family legal advice within Bristol and the surrounding area. Bristol Law School’s focus is on delivery of practice through oriented teaching and learning, and this collaborative relationship with SFL will help further this focus.

In 2018 to start with, SFL will welcome a high-performing student from UWE on summer placement: UWE offers Family Law as an option at undergraduate level as well as an elective on their solicitor and barrister professional courses. Many of our graduates are heading into Family Law practice, and this collaboration with SFL is an excellent opportunity for both students and practitioners to connect.

The intention is incrementally to grow the relationship for the mutual benefit of UWE’s students and the firm, through working together on the delivery of pro bono activities, staff development and other input into the curriculum.

Among the planned activities planned for the future is the delivery by the firm of training around client interviewing skills in a Family Law setting. This could potentially support the existing Family Law pro bono work of the law school’s students in conjunction with the Personal Support Unit at the Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre.

Dagmar Steffens, Director of Law at UWE Bristol Law School, said:

“The school is delighted to welcome Stowe Family Law into the Bristol legal community. SFL is a well-established provider of high quality advice in Family Law matters. Our school has a particular strength in the arena of Family Law, covering a wide range of areas including leading research into Public Family Law, e.g. non-consensual state welfare interventions; high impact research into making Family proceedings more transparent to the local community; UG and PG options for our students to study Family Law in depth; and pro bono activity supporting litigants in person. Our students benefit enormously from the Law School’s very close ties with industry and practice. Our new collaboration with SFL will strengthen this in respect of Family Law, and give SFL access to the enormous talent on offer at UWE. We look forward to growing our relationship with the firm over the next couple of years with it becoming a close partner to our Law programmes.”

Jemma Slavin, Managing Partner of Stowe Family Law Bristol, said:

“We are very excited about opening in Bristol and developing ties with the local legal community.  We are keen to give something back to future generations of lawyers and it’s great to be doing that via collaboration with such a reputable academic institution as UWE.’

We will share more updates as this exciting relationship develops.

The new office address details:

Stowe Family Law LLP, Ground floor, Queen Square House, 18-21 Queen Square, Bristol BS1 4NH