LAC staff receiving Best New Student Pro-bono Activitty award

Awards and accolades

We are grateful for the recognition our work receives and to the people who make it possible.

Manchester Legal Awards win for Manchester Legal Help

For the second year in a row, the University of Manchester Legal Advice Centre network won the coveted Manchester Legal Award for Best Pro Bono/Community Initiative for the work done at Manchester Free Legal Help, based in the Civil Justice Centre.

Final year undergraduates shortlisted for LawWorks Award

The Legal Advice Centre was shortlisted for the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards for ‘Best Contribution by a Team of Students’. This award shortlisting related to the work done by a team of students from across second and final year undergraduates in regaining over £180,000 in redundancy pay for workers who were dismissed with no warning.

Volunteer supervisors honoured at LawWorks Pro Bono Awards

Some of our volunteer supervisors were honoured in the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2017; the firms Hugh Jones Solicitors and Curtis Law both won “Best Contribution by a Small Firm” for their work done across the Legal Advice Centre and Manchester Free Legal Help.

Making a Difference Awards win for Dementia Law Clinic

Our Clinical Lead, Neil Allen, won the University of Manchester Making a Difference Award 2016 for Inspiring Communities due to his tireless work establishing the Dementia Clinic in the Legal Advice Centre and his work with Making Space (a charity supporting those with dementia) as a trustee.

Praise from Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC

Jeremy Wright QC MP released a statement with reference to the Centre's Dementia Law Clinic, expressing his high regard for those committed to providing pro bono legal assistance, and stating it is "impressive to see the innovative projects Manchester Legal Advice Centre have developed to increase the provision of free legal advice in their community."

Best New Student Pro Bono Activity

In early 2015, Neil Allen (Clinical Lead of The University Of Manchester's Legal Advice Centre and a Court of Protection Barrister) set up a pilot clinic to enable students to provide legal advice under his supervision to clients on a range of dementia issues. He also incorporated Skype into the project to enable clients to be interviewed from their own homes, and formed a partnership with Making Space (a national health mental charity) to provide additional care and support.

Since February 2016 the service has been running weekly. Students under supervision from qualified lawyers provide advice to both carers and sometimes clients with dementia, which develops their communication skills as particular sensitivity to their clients’ needs is required. Clients are being referred from organisations such as Dementia UK and the Alzheimer’s’ Society which illustrates the positive reputation of the clinic and the demand for its services.

The service won the Best New Student Pro Bono Activity at the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Awards 2016.