The multiple award-winning Nottingham Law School law firm has been renamed NLS Legal to more accurately reflect its status as a regulated law firm and growing range of services.
Formerly Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre, NLS Legal sees Nottingham Law School students support members of the local community with free and affordable legal advice.
Supervised by a small team of experienced lawyers, they intervene in a variety of legal areas, including employment, family, housing, business, civil litigation, intellectual property, special educational needs and disability, social benefits and victims’ rights. The firm also offers a number of public legal education sessions each year to raise public awareness of legal rights and responsibilities.
The firm provides hundreds of work experience opportunities to Nottingham Law School students each year. Law students provide administrative and management support to the firm, such as processing new applications and assisting with risk and compliance monitoring, to working on files such as research, drafting, interviewing clients and representing clients before a tribunal or court.
The service caters to those who cannot afford to pay or do not have access to legal services and the team has secured financial rewards totaling over £5.5million for its clients. The firm has also won numerous high-profile accolades, the most recent of which was named Law Firm of the Year at the 2022 Lexis Nexis Legal Awards after being nominated alongside five national and international private law firms.
As a not-for-profit law firm with charitable status, NLS Legal was the first law firm in the UK fully integrated into a law school when it obtained an ABS license ( Alternative Business Structure) in 2015.
Head of NLS Legal, Laura Pinkney, said: “When we started as ABS we were the only such business in the UK and this model remains rare both in the UK and internationally. ‘international. As a different law firm, we pride ourselves on providing high quality legal services, promoting access to justice, and supporting the development of our students.
“Over the past seven years, we have continued to grow and adapt, supporting over 150 clients each year through the effects of legal aid cuts, the pandemic and now the cost of living crisis. .
“We now offer such a comprehensive range of assistance covering many areas of law that we felt the time was right to change our name to reflect the services we offer as a fully regulated not-for-profit law firm. . »