BPP shortlisted in LawWorks & Attorney General’s Student Pro Bono Awards 2018.

BPP University Law School are in contention to win a number of awards at the LawWorks & Attorney General’s Student Pro Bono Awards for 2018.

BPP’s Pro Bono Centre has been shortlisted in two categories for ‘Best Individual Student’ and ‘Best New Pro Bono Activity’ - with two entries in the latter category involving The BPP Enterprise Clinic and the Law Ambassadors Programme (“BPP LAP”).

Established in 2004, BPP’s Pro Bono Centre is committed to improving access to justice and to legal knowledge through a range of award-winning projects. The Pro Bono Centre provides a wide range of free legal advice and support services to the public. All services are delivered by volunteer BPP University Law School students under the guidance of qualified lawyers.

Niki Mehta, who is currently studying the GDL, is up for the ‘Best Individual Student’ award. She is Student Director of the Streetlaw Schools and Youth Groups Project in London and has worked diligently on engaging with new schools while increasing the number of public legal education presentations that BPP students deliver to school age children in London.

The BPP LAP partners secondary school students in Years 11, 12 and 13, so far from Tadcaster Grammar School, Lawnswood School and Guiseley School, – the ‘Law Ambassadors’ – with BPP Leeds and with law firms, including Addleshaw Goddard, Squire Patton Boggs and Eversheds-Sutherland. The BPP LAP is led by law students and practitioners, who together provide a range of legal experiences for the participants. Every Law Ambassador has a law firm mentor, who guides their mentee through the two year programme, which includes delivering Mock trials and Streetlaw presentations.

BPP’s Enterprise Clinic was launched in March 2017 to provide a free legal advice service to start-ups and small businesses that would otherwise not have access to justice. The Enterprise Clinic has also, during this time, partnered with The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN), a social enterprise, that was established to respond to the refugee crisis in a practical way in the UK. TERN aim to help refugees build, grow and scale-up their business idea with a view to becoming self-sustainable and the Enterprise Clinic helps with this by providing individual appointments followed by a letter of advice, and also by delivering legal training on relevant business areas.

Jessica Austen, Joint Director of Pro Bono and CSR at BPP Law School, says “we are consistently impressed with the dedication of our students and our team to provide our pro bono services across the country. We are proud of all of them and delighted for those nominated that their work is recognised in this way. We look forward to the event and wish all students the very best at the ceremony”.

The event will feature judges with a wealth of experience across the industry, including:

  • Christina Blacklaws, Vice-president of the Law Society
  • Josh Richman, Senior editor, LawCareers.Net
  • James Harper, Executive Sponsor, Rule of Law and CSR, LexisNexis UK & Ireland
  • Alison Padfield QC, Co-Chair of the Bar Council Pro Bono Panel
  • Peter Farr, Trustee of CILEx Pro Bono Trust

The Awards ceremony will take place in the House of Commons on 25 April, and will be hosted by the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright MP and His Honour Sir Robin Knowles CBE.