Bath-based law firm Stone King, has joined forces with Citizens Advice B&NES and Bath Spa University to launch a free legal clinic for Bath and the surrounding area.
The initiative will be called The Bath Law Clinic and will see top-quality legal advice delivered to local residents while at the same time developing work experience opportunities for the lawyers of the future.
Students on Bath Spa University’s law degree course will gain vital experience at the clinic and will be supported by lawyers from Stone King.
Additionally, in a move that will combine the private and not-for-profit sector, Stone King will also help to fund a coordinator’s role at the advice centre.
The new coordinator’s role will ensure the smooth running of the innovative project, while also developing further funding options.
Citizens Advice B&NES is based at Edgar Buildings, George Street, Bath, and also conducts outreach work in surrounding areas.
Les Redwood, Chief Executive Officer at Citizens Advice B&NES, said, “We are proud and excited to announce the first steps in this long-term strategic partnership with Bath Spa University and Stone King solicitors to provide a law clinic within Bath.”
“Citizens Advice B&NES has been delivering a long-term strategy of greater community engagement and increased partnerships across the region over the last two years and this will be another core partnership for the charity delivered over the course of this coming year.
“This new partnership will give our clients access to free legal advice in a number of specialisms – therefore giving more access to justice for those who need it most.”
Steven Greenwood, Managing Partner at Stone King, added, “We believe this is the first time there has been such an initiative with a commercial partner, Citizens Advice B&NES and a university.
“It really fits in well with our ethos of being a socially responsible business and helping the communities we are proud to serve.
“It is an innovative project and we hope it can be replicated nationally; we are proud to be part of a unique, long-term collaboration and to be able to give something so worthwhile back.”
Stone King was established in Bath in 1785 and specialises in charity and social enterprise, education, business and private client law. Today it works nationally, with offices in Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds and London as well as Bath.
Pictured above: Les Redwood, Chief Executive Officer at Citizens Advice B&NES