Monday 16 January 2017

New business law advice service to launch at Nottingham Law School

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An event to help organisations understand property law will launch the service

Legal costs can take a significant amount out of what may only be a small budget for a start-up, small business or charity.
Nick Johnson, Director of the Legal Advice Centre

Small businesses, entrepreneurs and charities in Nottingham can now benefit from affordable – or free - legal advice thanks to a new Business and Enterprise Law Service at Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre.

The service will launch with an event for SME representatives who want to know more about commercial property issues that arise when renting a property, such as repairs, service charges and dilapidations.  

Taking place on Wednesday 25 January 2017, 8am – 10.30am, the seminar will include presentations from legal experts and guests will also be able to take part in short consultations with members of staff from the Legal Advice Centre and make requests for advice through the Centre.

A number of events will be held throughout 2017 to help for-profit and not-for-profit businesses and enterprises better understand their legal rights and obligations. The new service will also offer advice on a range of topics, such as choosing the right business structure; understanding how to comply with employment law; protecting intellectual property rights; and appropriate terms and conditions to manage customers’ expectations and rights.

The Legal Advice Centre acts as a ‘teaching law firm’ and is fully regulated as an Alternative Business Structure by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. It works closely with local firms, advice agencies, voluntary sector organisations and schools to develop pro bono opportunities for Nottingham Law School students.

Director of the Legal Advice Centre, Nick Johnson, said: “Legal costs can take a significant amount out of what may only be a small budget for a start-up, small business or charity. This new service offers affordable access to initial legal advice on a whole range of topics. We’re beginning with a seminar on a topic that many business people may not be familiar with but need to know about if they’re embarking on finding premises.”

The Legal Advice Centre recently won the LawWorks Award for Best Contribution by a Law School and the Access to Justice Foundation Award 2016. It was also nominated for a Law Society award for Excellence in Pro Bono. Nottingham Law School was named Legal Education Provider of the Year in the Solicitor's Journal Awards 2016.

The seminar will take place in the Legal Advice Centre which is located in Nottingham Trent University's Chaucer Building on Goldsmith Street.  To book a place, please email the Legal Advice Centre. Booking closes on Friday 20 January.

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