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SHU Law – A Year In Reflection

During the last 12 months SHU Law has gone from strength to strength. Our practising solicitors have been busy advancing case work and strengthening their networks to give both students and clients the best possible experience in areas of personal injury, small claims, prison clinic, criminal appeals, commercial disputes and employment law in our unique regulated environment.

We have built working relationships with the local witness service who have been referring victims of violent assaults (often involving weapons or domestic abuse) to SHU Law so that we can help them with their claims for compensation. This work sits right at the heart of promoting access to justice.

The Society of Mediators and SHU Law joined forces in the summer to provide students with a unique opportunity to attend a course to train as accredited mediators during the summer. We have further plans to offer the course again once the spectre of Covid-19 has abated.

In December, Professor Elizabeth Smart, Head of Law and Director of SHU Law, Chris Riley, Head of Clinical Provision and Sally Ayres Supervising Solicitor were personally invited by HHJ Robinson (Designated Civic Judge at Sheffield County Court) to attend the Civil Justice Council Forum at Westminster. Their presentation introduced the work of SHU Law to a whole host or prestigious attendees with the focus of the forum being on public legal education.

The beginning of 2020 saw SHU Law host a visit by the Honourable Mr Justice Nicklin, Deputy Liaison Judge for Litigants in Person. Learning about SHU Law from the attendance at the CJC Forum, he was keen to learn more about the fusion of education and law within the confines of our regulated law firm.

Our employment lawyer marked Justice Week in March with a presentation designed to empower and educate new employees about the rights of employees. He was assisted by SHU Law’s student committee ‘The Circle’ (who assist with the development of SHU Law).

Staff have been forced to work remotely in response to the pandemic. However, we are pleased to say that it has been very much business as usual for our students and clients with the aid of technology. We are looking forward to returning to some degree or normality back at the office as soon as we can.

Our future plans focus significantly on SHU Law’s civic response to the pandemic and how we can collaborate with others to provide help and assistance to those most affected. SHU Law remains committed to fusing together the education of our students and the needs of our clients so that we can make a valid contribution to what lies ahead.

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