As we prepare to welcome in the new year, we look back at some of our highlights from 2019 – the first year of SHU Law Ltd!
At the very beginning of the year, SHU Law was visited by Sir Michael Barber, the Chair of the Office for students.
The visit was an important one for SHU Law as it helped us establish our identity as a law firm that not only serves the needs of its clients, but also seeks to teach the lawyers of the future.
In early January, we were delighted to receive an email from the SRA confirming SHU Law’s ABS licence. The licence served as a catalyst to a number of key events and activities, which ensured the firm could practice and serve the needs of its clients.
The students at SHU Law contribute to the work we do, and we strongly believe they should be involved in determining how the business moves forward and promotes itself. With this in mind, we launched the SHU Law Circle in January 2019.
The Circle is made up of a committee of students, chosen following a group session allowing candidates to demonstrate their potential and who strive to be Creative, Innovative, Representative, Collaborative, Leading and Engaging.
On the 25th February 2019, and after five years in the making, SHU Law was formally opened by Professor Sir Chris Husbands, the Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University.
The innovation of Professor Elizabeth Smart, SHU Law is a not-for-profit teaching firm that not only educates students, but also delivers legal services to the community of Sheffield and the surrounding area.
The launch was attended by around 70 guests, including academics, members of the local legal community and the legal press.
In June, lawyers and law students from Sheffield Hallam University undertook a week-long mediation course, delivered by trainers from the Society of Mediators. This will enable those who attended to accept instructions as civil and commercial law mediators (subject to completing the course in June 2020).
In July, we were delighted to have our membership accepted by LawWorks, enabling us to provide pro-bono legal advice and address the unmet legal need in the local Sheffield community.
As a LawWorks clinic, we can provide free initial legal advice on either a drop-in or appointment basis, giving clients the opportunity to tell us about their legal issue and receive some basic legal advice and the next steps to take.
‘SHU Law: Give and learn’ was featured in Issue 159 of the Leeds and Yorkshire Lawyer and showcased SHU Law and the work we are doing with others in the legal and pro bono sectors.
As a not-for-profit firm we are in an incredibly unique position in the legal market and are able to offer an alternative solution to clients who might be struggling to secure themselves a solicitor.
Representatives from SHU Law and Sheffield Hallam University were privileged to be invited to speak at the 8th National Forum on Access to Justice for those without means, held in London on Friday 6th December 2019.
Professor Elizabeth Smart (Head of Law at Sheffield Hallam University), Sally Mallinson-Ayres (Senior Solicitor at SHU Law) and Chris Riley (Head of Clinical Provision at Sheffield Hallam University), joined an illustrious group of delegates and speakers at Central Hall, Westminster, for this annual forum to address topical issues concerning access to justice for the most vulnerable in society.
A section in the afternoon programme was dedicated to the SHU and SHU Law contingent chaired by His Honour Judge Graham Robinson, the Designated Civil Judge for Sheffield and South Yorkshire and the Litigant in Person Liaison Judge.
Professor Elizabeth Smart spoke on the formation of SHU Law and explained how the law firm’s foundations are built on the University’s core value of driving forward access to justice and human rights. Senior Solicitor at SHU Law, Sally Mallinson-Ayres, addressed delegates on the process and intricacies of establishing a not-for-profit teaching law firm funded by a University. Chris Riley, Head of Clinical Provision at Sheffield Hallam University touched on some of the legal work undertake by SHU Law and students including serious and topical issues such as helping victims of gender violence and knife crime: topics that get young lawyers thinking about what their contribution to access to justice might be as they progress into their careers.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support in our first year and look forward to continuing to support clients in the local community and students from Sheffield Hallam University studying Law and Law with Criminology in 2020.
If you think you may have a small claims case, personal injury case, employment law case or commercial dispute resolution case, contact us on 0114 225 6666 for free legal advice.
We can also be contacted via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the festive period, our offices will close on Friday 20th December at 5pm and reopen at 9am on Monday 6th January 2020.