HJA and The University of Law to offer free Personal Injury Clinic for local communities
Daniel Denton, Partner and Personal Injury Solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen and The University of Law’s Legal Advice Clinic (‘the Clinic’) are to collaborate in providing new client and student opportunities.
Daniel Denton working through supervising solicitors from the Clinic will lead and support ULaw students, in working in the personal injury specialism. The students choose to participate in the Clinic as part of their studies or qualification route. The Clinic provides free legal advice and assistance to members of the public who are otherwise unable to access justice, whilst giving students these opportunities. Clients will be able to receive free advice via Zoom, Teams, or telephone or to speak directly to the Clinic.
The University of Law runs a series of programmes via the Clinic that offers free legal advice to the public across a range of legal issues and specialisms, including housing, family, employment, social security tribunal work and immigration, and personal injury has now been added to this offer. Their aim is to help those members of the community who, due to financial hardship, would not otherwise be able to access legal advice.
The Clinic operates in a large part of England including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol, and Liverpool. All their advice clinics provide opportunities for students to gain practical experience, working alongside a solicitor to help enhance their legal skills and further ignite their desire to become legally qualified.
Sabeeha Khan and Fay Sayers are Supervising Solicitors and Senior Lecturers at The University of Law: “We are pleased to be working with Hodge Jones & Allen who have a long history of providing personal injury and other specialist legal services, across the country. I know our law students will gain so much from working alongside Daniel as they speak with and offer help to individuals who have been injured because of others negligence.”
Henry Fernandez a previous student volunteer from the University of Law commented on their experience: “Volunteering gave me important real-life experiences. Taking part in The University’s Clinics alongside studying the Bar Practice Course complemented the vocational stage of training, as I was able to witness and participate in real conferences with real clients, observe solicitors advising, research the applicable law and write up letters of advice. Students also can interview the clients themselves. All this experience gave me valuable insights to draw on and discuss in my pupillage applications. More importantly, the clinics provide a beneficial service to the public. To receive free advice from an experienced solicitor can really assist those struggling financially and can provide a helpful roadmap of options and routes forward for those finding it difficult to navigate a complicated legal system on their own”.
Daniel Denton has represented personal injury claimants for over 20 years and has built a wealth of experience in handling cases including where clients have suffered injuries from a road traffic crash, an accident at work, or in a public place. Sometimes the injuries sustained by Daniel’s clients have proved to be life-changing and so, along with gaining compensation Daniel also works to arrange effective rehabilitation treatments and care to get people’s lives back on track.
He added: “All in HJA’s Personal Injury team are looking forward to working with Sabeeha, Fay, The University of Law team and their student volunteers. I have always been committed to helping people who may wish to pursue a personal injury claim and working alongside students will provide added personal reward.
‘It is important to me that everyone has an accessible route to understanding their rights and to be able to gain justice. I am looking forward to meeting and working with law students who are committed to helping people understand personal injury law and what courses of action are open to them.”
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