Regional impact

Legal support for local people

Kent Law Clinic provides a free legal service to members of the local community. It has helped its clients to obtain or defend sums totalling £5.6m since 1992. The figure for 2016-17 was £420,000.

Key facts

More than 270 students participated in the Law Clinic’s work in 2016-17, helping to provide support and advice to more than 1,400 people.

The Clinic holds weekly advice sessions at community locations in Canterbury and the surrounding area, where local solicitors and barristers volunteer their time to provide free legal advice to the public.

The Clinic also runs a student exchange programme with students at the University of Makeni’s Law Clinic in Sierra Leone. Since early 2017 students from both clinics have spent time working with legal professionals in the UK and in Sierra Leone under the exchange.

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About Whistable Beach Campaign

The campaign was formed almost twenty years ago to protect the public’s right of access to the beach and preserve its unspoilt nature.

Kent and the Whistable Beach Campaign

Students and staff at Kent Law Clinic are working with residents to support the campaign to establish a legal right for the public to access the beach.

In 2016 the Clinic team assisted the campaign with submitting an application to register the area of beach between the sea wall and high water mark as a Town or Village Green.

One of the Clinic’s solicitors also acted as the principal advocate for the campaign in the subsequent non-statutory public inquiry on the matter. The campaign and their supporters at Kent Law Clinic are now awaiting the inquiry report.

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Last Updated: 25/02/2019

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