The Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre is based in the Chaucer building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LP.
Opened in June 2014 by the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, this modern suite of offices and meeting rooms provides students with space to work and to meet clients. The Centre design ensures that rooms are available for the discussion of confidential issues and that privacy is maintained.
The Centre is fully regulated as an Alternative Business Structure by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and works closely with local firms, advice agencies, voluntary sector organisations and schools to develop pro bono opportunities for Nottingham Law School students.
Our staff are:
Nick Johnson - Centre Director
Nick is responsible for clinical legal education and the pro bono offering at the Law School, and is a member of the Nottingham Law School Centre for Legal Education. Nick has overall responsibility for the pro bono projects, which are run within the Centre. These include the Legal Advice Centre, the Miscarriage of Justice Project, and the Streetlaw programme. As a practising solicitor, Nick also supervises cases in the Centre and works on cases, as part of the Miscarriage of Justice Project.
Faye Deverell - Senior Supervising Solicitor
Faye is responsible for the day to day running of the Centre and supervises students who volunteer to participate in the Centre. This includes supervising both housing and welfare benefit advice cases in the Centre and the Free Representation Unit (‘FRU’) Social Security appeals. Faye also manages the Outreach Advice Project at Nottingham Women’s Centre.
She has extensive experience of advising and assisting clients with debt, housing and welfare benefits matters. She has also represented such clients at both the County Court, as part of the County Court Duty Scheme, and Social Security Tribunal.
Faye continues to hold a practising certificate and was awarded the Nottinghamshire Law Society Solicitor of Year award in 2017.
Mathew Game - Supervising Solicitor
Mat supervises students who participate in our pro bono projects at the Centre. He supervises employment matters in the Legal Advice Centre, and assists our Free Representation Unit representatives with Employment Tribunal cases.
Prior to joining the Law School, Mat worked for several private practice firms, specialising in civil litigation and employment before becoming head of an employment law team. He has represented clients at both County Court and Employment Tribunal level.
Mat continues to hold a practising certificate.
Ashley Fredericks - Supervising Solicitor
Ashley is the Supervising Solicitor on the Business and Enterprise Law Service in the Centre. The Business and Enterprise Law Service supports businesses, entrepreneurs and charities which simply cannot afford to pay for legal advice at the rates set by more standard private practice law firms.
Ashley supervises the pro bono and small fee work of Student Advisers within the Legal Advice Centre, and also delivers training sessions to clients and potential clients on a range of business law matters.
Linda Green - Centre Administrator
Linda is the administrator for the Legal Advice Centre and other pro bono projects. She also manages the Administrative Support Placements in the Centre, which are open to all Law School students.
Carlota Gonzalez Laynez – Enabling Innovation Project Co-ordinator
Carlota is responsible for coordinating the ‘Legal Hub’ of the Enabling Innovation Project, which forms part of the Legal Advice Centre.
The Enabling Innovation Project is a three year collaborative programme part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund involving Nottingham Trent University, the University of Derby and the University of Nottingham. The project will provide support to over 2,000 local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire who want to benefit from university expertise in research and innovation to develop and grow their business. The Centre is one of the project hubs at NTU, offering expert workshops and legal advice for SMEs on all aspects of law relating to business innovation.
Callum Scott – Enabling Innovation Project Legal Officer
Callum completed the GDL at Nottingham Law School in 2015-16 and worked as a Student Adviser and qualified FRU Representative during his course. In 2016-17, Callum was recruited as a Legal Assistant and he has set up the Autism Law Service. Callum will continue to work on commercial and intellectual property matters to support the Enabling Innovation Project.
Brogan Roache – Legal Officer
Brogan completed the BPTC at Nottingham Law School in 2015-16 and worked as a Student Adviser and qualified FRU Representative during her course. In 2016-17, Brogan was recruited as a Legal Assistant in the Centre and has represented over 20 FRU cases during her time at the Centre. Brogan will be heavily involved in the Business and Enterprise Law Service whilst also undertaking further FRU cases.
Lauren Kilbride – Legal Assistant
My role as Legal Assistant here at the Legal Advice Centre includes various types of work ranging from administrative tasks, having my own cases and even being able to represent clients at their Social Security Tribunal Appeal Hearings.
This year I have also been allocated as the staff member that manages the Student Pro Bono Committee for this academic year, this has involved myself helping to organise various events to raise money for the Law School Challenge which is a competition against other universities to raise as much money as we can for LawWorks and The Bar Pro Bono Unit.
My own casework load includes researching the legal matters, interviewing the client and delivering advice either over the telephone or by letter. I am always supervised by a solicitor when I have my own cases.
I have had clients with various legal matters including Family, Environmental, Commercial, Commercial Property, Intellectual Property, Welfare Benefits and Landlord and Tenant / Housing.
Legal Advice Centre Annual Report
To find out more about our pro bono work please download our latest annual report .
Legal Advice Centre
Nottingham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4262
Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre Limited
Company number: 9235463. Registered in England and Wales
Registered office: 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ
Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority