On April 10th, UWE Bristol hosted their inaugural Student Conference which provided students from across all years of study and disciplines the opportunity to present their research to their peers and UWE staff.
LPC students Chloe Frost, Didem Kekilli, Laura Ramos Montanez and Mun Too were among some of the many students that presented their work at the conference.
Their eye catching poster, which they had designed themselves, showcased the pro bono legal advice they have been providing to a local community interest group which is acquiring use of the former Eastville Library in Bristol through a Community Asset Transfer from the local council.
The students, supervised by Samantha Cornock and Diana Johnson, have been able to draw upon skills and knowledge they have acquired on the LPC to provide advice to the community interest group.
The students commented that taking part in the pro bono project has strengthened their CV’s and impressed potential employers at interviews.
More information on the Eastville Library Project can be found here.
The Bristol Music Advice Service (BMAS) has recently helped two young entrepreneurs set up a new recording studio in the heart of Bristol.
BMAS is run by Law students at UWE Bristol as part of the Pro Bono services offered by the University to local businesses.
BMAS is one of the pro bono business-facing strands which aims to provide free legal advice to people who may not be knowledgeable on the legal side of the music industry. BMAS provides advice and assistance through regular clinics and has recently helped advised recording artists, songwriters and reggae artists in a collaboration with restaurant chain, Turtle Bay.
Danny McMahon and Andrea Succi, who set up Puzzle Maker Studios have been working with BMAS for several years and it is with their legal advice that they have been able to set up the studios.
In early November, the Bristol Law School hosted their 3rd alumni networking drinks at the Bristol Law Society.
The event included a panel discussion on working Pro Bono and was chaired by Marcus Keppel Palmer, UWE Bristol’s Pro Bono Associate Head of Department.
The panel included Julian Hemming, Partner at Osborne Clarke, who has been involved with the pro bono Business and Law Clinic which was recently launched at UWE’s new Enterprise Zone “Future Space”. Julian was joined by Drew Huskisson, Advice Team Manager at the North Bristol Advice Centre, whose job involves providing free and independent advice to those you can’t afford justice.
Finally the panel was made of two our alumni: Marco Anderson, who is studying for his LLM, and Joshua Hazelwood, who is a Paralegal, Knights Professional Services. Both Joshua and Marco were heavily involved in Pro Bono projects during their time at UWE.
The event was attended by alumni and invited students and was held at the new premises for the Bristol Law Society.