Nottingham offers pro bono training

Nottingham Law School has announced a new pro bono initiative with the Royal Courts of Justice.`Academics from the school will provide free legal training to lay volunteers who advise people representing themselves at the court. It is similar work to that carried out for a few years by City firms such as Lovells, Allen & Overy, Herbert Smith and Simmons & Simmons.`The work will be carried out through the Royal Court’s Personal Support Unit. Suzanne Fine, one of the tutors, said: “Like the City lawyers, we wanted to use our special expertise for the public good.” The initiative also has City backing – another tutor is Richard Butler, a partner at City firm Norton Rose.`This sort of combined pro bono effort between academic institutions, voluntary legal services and City firms is becoming increasingly common. For example, Simmons, the College of Law and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (Cab) are planning to train University College London law students to give pro bono advice to Cab clients.