The LiP Service team which is part of the Pro-bono unit at the Bristol Law School has been nominated for Team of the Year at the Bristol Law Society Awards. In addition to that, three Bristol Law School students have been nominated for student of the year.

The LiP Service team was founded after Lawyers from Bristol University, University of Law and UWE Bristol realised they were replicating work by all chasing the same aim. The LiP Service tries to explain the loss of Legal Aid and general access to justice; which has led to many people not understanding the legal justice process and reluctant to access it alone. The service assists litigants in person with orientation around the Bristol Civil Justice Centre and with information about how to conduct their cases.

The District Judge, Stephanie Cope, who supports the project is a UWE alumnus and involves the local Judiciary and Ministry of Justice staff in supporting the project.

The collaboration between Bristol Law School staff and students, and those from Bristol University and the University of Law is a shining example of a collaborative network between educational institutions, voluntary organisations and the Law Centres in Bristol. This is a great example of Universities and the Courts coming together to benefit the local community. The teams’ hard work has not gone unnoticed and they have been shortlisted for the Team of the Year in the Bristol Law Society Annual Awards.

There are also three students from Bristol Law School that have been shortlisted for the Law Student of the Year Award. This is the first time no student from University of Law, BPP or Bristol University have made the shortlist. This is a spectacular achievement and speaks volumes for the standard of our students.

The three students are:

  • Rachel Chapman (BPTC)
  • Brooke Lewis (LLB)
  • Tish Weavor – Marron (LLB)

The awards will be announced on the 19th October at a Gala dinner. Congratulations to Rachel, Brooke, Tish and the LiP Service team on this great achievement.