UCL Integrated Legal Advice Clinic shortlisted for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award
20 May 2022
The awards are hosted by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG), and aims to recognise the vital work of social justice lawyers.
The UCL Integrated Legal Advice Clinic (UCL iLAC) has been shortlisted for the Legal Aid Firm/Not for Profit Agency award, sponsored by The Law Society.
UCL iLAC is run by the UCL Centre for Access to Justice (CAJ) at UCL Laws. Based in Stratford, the clinic offers members of the local East London community free face to face legal advice on all aspects of social welfare law including specialist advice and casework on welfare benefits, housing, community care and education law.
A client who received help from the Clinic said:
"I owe a lot to the clinic. I cannot put into words or repay them for how much they have helped me. I get emotional even thinking about it. I have been in this country for the last 35 years and have not come across people as good as the staff at iLAC, especially Sarah. I owe everything to them."
Speaking about her experience working with the Clinic, Harriet Sampson, former UCL student and current paralegal, said:
"The clinic has given me an opportunity to explore and learn about different areas of law, gain valuable friendships, and make a change to people’s lives. It has been incredibly inspiring for me and given me a strong sense of purpose...without the clinic, I would not be as sure of my aspirations to become a legal aid lawyer."
The winners of the 12 award categories will be announced at a live ceremony in central London on 12 July. The full list of shortlisted nominees is available on the LAPG website.
Image credit: UCL Integrated Legal Advice Clinic