Linden Thomas on the Regulation of Solicitors and University Law Clinics

The Regulation of Solicitors and University Law Clinics by Linden Thomas
CEPLER Working Paper Series
Professional Legal Education and Research, Birmingham Law School

This working paper is a chapter from the forthcoming ‘Clinical Legal Education Handbook’ which is due to be published by the IALS Open Book Service for Law at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies with the University of London Press in spring 2020. The paper outlines the impact that the changes to the regulation of solicitors, which are due to come into force with the introduction of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Standards and Regulations on 25 November 2019, may have on solicitors working and volunteering in university legal advice clinics.

The CLE Handbook edited by Linden Thomas and Nick Johnson is intended to act as a good practice guide and practical resource for those engaged in the design and delivery of clinical legal education programmes at University law schools. It has been written by academic and professional lawyers, clinicians and 3rd party sector partners.  It shares best practices and experience from law schools where the law students gain supervised practical experience in pro bono legal advice centres, assisting the local communities and helping deliver access to justice.

IALS is delighted to be working with the editors and contributing authors on this important OA publication. The CLE Handbook will help all UK University law schools, those operating clinics already and those considering a clinical legal education approach, and will contribute to furthering social justice and public benefit.