ELF works with a number of university law schools to run supervised clinics with help from ELF advisers.


University of Birmingham Law Clinic Contact Birmingham FLAG

Birmingham University join the ever growing national network of pro-bono ELF student law clinics. Birmingham bring a new dynamic to the ELF clinic with No 5 Chambers in Birmingham as their supervising partner. Two very interesting cases were initially sent for their students to work on – the first was a matter concerning a Parish Council’s statutory duties to local people to provide allotments (where private allotment space had been promised and not delivered). The second matter concerned “poultry sheds” – intensive farming facilities that see 60,000 to 80,000 birds being reared in tight indoor confinement and a question over the gaps between the planning application process and that of industrial permitting.

Here are the views of two Birmingham students, Jessica and Emma, on what it was like to work in the clinic:

University of Manchester Legal Advice Clinic Contact Manchester LAC

Established in 2000, the University of Manchester’s Legal Advice Centre (LAC) offers free legal advice to members of the public whilst providing practical experience for law students, mainly through students interviewing clients, researching the problem and providing a letter of advice.

This is supervised by a network of legal practitioners who offer their time on a voluntary basis.  The LAC is overseen by its Solicitor/Manager Christine Peacock, along with two Clinical Leads, Neil Allen (Barrister) and Caroline Hoyle (Solicitor, non-practising).  This Centre’s advice is provided on a confidential basis to members of the public (including university staff and students).

In addition to the main LAC a court-based drop-in service is also provided at Manchester’s Civil Justice Centre, through Manchester Free Legal Help.  Here volunteer lawyers provide free, confidential advice to members of the public, accompanied by law students who observe and take notes.  This service is coordinated by Riana Goldman.

Nottingham Trent University Contact Nottingham Advice Centre

Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Clinic provides a free legal advice and referral service to the local community – the aim of the Clinic is to provide reliable, high quality legal advice and information to the local community and individuals in need, at the same time providing practical experience for law students undertaking their professional legal training at Nottingham Law School.

The Clinic also provides, in conjunction with the Environmental Law Foundation and local law firms, an environmental law service which aims to assist individuals and community groups in environmental law cases.

University of Law, LondonContact University of Law

The University of Law pro bono programme provides free legal advice to members of the public. All its advisers are postgraduate students who are training to become solicitors or barristers. They are supervised by experienced lawyers.

University of GreenwichContact Greenwich Legal Advice Centre

Cardiff University Law School

ELF is delighted to announce that Cardiff Law School has joined our growing university pro-bono law clinic network. Under the tutelage of Ben Pontin, friend of ELF and senior environmental law lecturer at Cardiff, this gives ELF a stronger presence and creates greater opportunities for communities to access free environmental legal advice in Wales. Already this relationship has seen a flurry of recent nature-related enquiries coming from Wales.

The ELF Clinics network is growing. Do get in touch if your university would be interested in joining.