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Dec. 3, 2008

Cardiff Law School wins prestigious award for pro bono work

Cardiff Law School and Hugh James Solicitors defeated tough competition on 13th November to win the Student Team Award at the prestigious Law Society Junior Lawyers’ Division 10th Anniversary Pro Bono Awards.

The Solicitor General, Vera Baird QC MP, and the Shadow Home Secretary, Dominic Grieve QC MP bestowed the awards at a ceremony at the Law Society in London.

In 2007 the Cardiff Law School established a joint legal clinic with Hugh James to provide counsel on continuing healthcare cases as part of its pro bono portfolio. Hugh James is a leading healthcare law firm and the clinic allows them to share significant professional experience and expertise to Cardiff students.

The Law Society recognised the joint effort between Cardiff Law School and Hugh James to provide quality pro bono services in the under served healthcare field.  This pro bono service helps to address the nationwide problem of assessment for NHS continuing healthcare funding.

Malcolm Evans, Partner with Hugh James, congratulated the clinic on the award: “I’m delighted that the scheme has been recognised in this way and would like to congratulate Cardiff University Pro Bono Team for their success in this prestigious competition. I am confident that the clinic has made a valuable contribution by making legal services available to those who might not otherwise have benefited from them. By offering their services pro bono, Cardiff Law School and Hugh James provide a valuable source of advice and information in an area of law where legal aid is not always available. I look forward to our continued working relationship.”

Professor Gillian Douglas, Head of Cardiff Law School, said "I'm delighted that Cardiff Law School and Hugh James have received this award. We are committed to continuing to develop our Pro Bono Clinic to support the community and allow our students to gain exposure to the law in action, and learn valuable skills that will prepare them for legal practice."

Over 170 Cardiff Law School students were given a comprehensive training programme in October 2008, which included a session by Hugh James, and about 60 have gone on to casework.

Read full aritcle on the Cardiff Law School website



Content added on 3 December 2008.



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