The Clinic is a joint venture between UEA Law students and staff, members of the local legal profession, and external charities and organisations. Our partnerships with leading charities such as Norfolk Community Law Service and Citizens Advice enable us to offer free legal advice and representation to Norwich community, boosting our students’ employability while meeting significant local need. Whether you’re a student, prospective student, member of the public, or potential Clinic partner, sponsor or donor, please take a look around our pages and get in touch.
Director of the Law Clinic
- 1 Current Nomination for Partnership of the Year in UEA’s Innovation and Impact Awards 2020
- 1 LawCareers.Net Student Law Society Award for Best Pro Bono Activities
- 1 Runner Up in the LawWorks & Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards
- 3 UEA Engagement Awards
- 4 LawWorks Best Partnership in Pro Bono Awards
Polly is the Law Clinic’s Director and an Associate Professor teaching family law at UEA Law School. As a practising solicitor she offers free legal advice through Norfolk Community Law Service. Polly was a founding partner of a specialist family law firm and is a double graduate of UEA. She is qualified to supervise a law firm and is currently writing a textbook on family law. She oversees the day-to-day running of the Clinic.
After 20 years at Norwich City Council Housing services Judi came to NCLS 15 years ago to run the Housing Court Desk Scheme and developed a number of new services and started the large scale recruitment of volunteers. She now runs 7 services and is Volunteer Manager for currently around 140 volunteers. Over 13 years ago Judi started recruiting UEA Law students to volunteer and since then and the development of the formal partnership between NCLS and UEA in 2010/11 hundreds of Law students have benefitted from the opportunity to help witness and deliver the law in practice.
Deborah is a solicitor and Senior Lecturer at UEA Law School. She is a specialist in employment law and advises a number of different organisations. At UEA, she offers legal advice through NCLS’ employment law service.
Louise is the Chief Executive of the charity Inside Justice, whom the BBC followed for two series of the documentary Conviction (BBC2). Before founding Inside Justice, Louise worked for the BBC, including as producer of their highly regarded Rough Justice programme. Louise now brings her considerable expertise and enthusiasm to run our Justice Project. You can read more about Louise in a profile in Bustle entitled ‘Who Is Louise Shorter? The Inside Justice Founder Has A Super Inspiring Past’.
Kristina is the Academic Lead for UEA Street Law. As lead for widening participation for the Faculty of Social Sciences and National Coordinator of the Association for Academic Outreach she is heavily involved in school and community outreach work. Kristina has a strong interest in furthering public legal education and works closely with the UK and Ireland Street Law community to support the sharing and development of best practice.
Alyssa Girvan is the Digital Advice Coordinator at Norfolk Citizens Advice and runs the Digital Hub here at the Law Clinic. Her role is to manage the email, phone and web chat advice that students give, as well as create digital resources for the team. Alyssa is a double graduate of UEA and volunteered for Norwich Nightline and the SU Advice Centre while a student, giving her a great deal of experience fixing people’s problems. She has a side business running pub quizzes for local Norwich charities. Here she is looking cool in sunglasses.
Our student team comprises of 50 student volunteers who work with Norfolk Community Law Service and 200 (or so) students involved in Law Clinic ActivitiesStudent team leaders for NCLS next year are
- Maya – Admin
- Alistair – Debt and Mediation
- Rachel – Domestic Abuse
- Eleanor – Employment and Discrimination
- Lucy – Family Court Support
- Sophie – Welfare Benefits
- Hasham – Immigration and Migrant Advice