Centre for Commercial Law Studies

School of Law wins prestigious pro bono award

Queen Mary University of London School of Law has won the prestigious Best Contribution by a Law School at the annual LawWorks and Attorney General Student Awards.

2 May 2019

QMUL School of Law was presented with the award for the activities and contributions of the Legal Advice Centre, qLegal and student Pro bono Society at the ceremony on 1 May 2019. The awards celebrate the best pro bono activities undertaken by law students and law schools across the UK. The award was presented by Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP.

Frances Ridout, Director of the Legal Advice Centre commended colleagues and students for making the centre’s pro bono work possible: “It is fantastic for the school to be recognised for its long-term dedication to pro bono work in our local community, and all the hard work that goes into it from our colleagues across the School. All this is made possible by our hardworking students and volunteer lawyers.”

QMUL School of Law runs two pro bono legal services: qLegal (postgraduate); and the Legal Advice Centre (LAC) (undergraduate). The School also has a thriving student pro bono society and a deep-rooted culture of pro bono and public engagement.

The LAC is a student law clinic that offers free legal advice to the public on general and specialist areas including Pink Law, Revenge Porn and Immigration law, and runs street law clinics engaging and educating learners in schools on the illegality of sharing private sexual images and the Equality Act. qLegal provides pro bono legal advice to social enterprises, charities and entrepreneurs through workshops, online resources and 1-1 advice. qLegal facilitates a street law project, Teach Tech Law, where postgraduate law students visit local schools to teach the legal elements of developing a business idea