Students will advise on employment, housing and consumer issues
STUDENTS from Edinburgh Napier are to launch a law clinic offering free legal advice to those who cannot afford to pay.
Members of the public will be able to get guidance in areas such as employment issues, tenants’ rights and consumer law.
Meetings, many initially through Citizens Advice referrals, will take place by appointment at the Craiglockhart campus although premises are being sought closer to Edinburgh city centre.
The Edinburgh Napier Law Clinic intends to provide small claims representation in circumstances where the client does not qualify, or only partially qualifies, for legal aid.
The venture is being supported by MacRoberts LLP, Anderson Strathern LLP and Ennova Law, whose solicitors will volunteer their time to supervise the clinic’s activities.
As well as providing free legal services to the people of Edinburgh, the clinic will also provide an opportunity for law students at Edinburgh Napier to gain relevant legal experience, complementing their undergraduate programmes.
All of the student advisers will participate in a training programme, part of which will be delivered by leading experts in clinical legal education.
Martin Kotsev, a joint managing director of the project, said: “We are grateful to Edinburgh Napier University for funding, housing and supporting our project.”
Fellow managing director Gergana Chausheva said "We provide an opportunity to all law students in Napier University to join the clinic.
"At the moment our team consist of 25 students volunteers and most of them are second and third year.”
The formal launch of the clinic takes place on October 12.
Jack Mathieson, J.Mathieson@napier.ac.uk, 0131 455 6251