Clients benefiting from free legal advice at the Kent Law Clinic have received a total of £5.6 million in payments since 1992.
In the last six years, the bulk of the £1.9 million the clinic at the University of Kent has obtained has come through benefit and employment cases.
The clinic is part of the university’s Kent Law School and offers students the opportunity to work on cases for those unable to afford legal fees.
During 2016-17, the clinic received 1,433 inquiries from members of the public, of which 137 new cases were taken on.
University spokesman Sandy Fleming said: “These involved a clinic solicitor acting for and representing the client, mostly in the fields of housing, welfare benefits, immigration and asylum, family, employment, criminal justice, prisons and public access to land.
“A further 72 cases remained open from the previous year and another 336 enquiries were dealt with by the client receiving significant legal advice.
“The clinic enhances the legal education of students through supervised participation in the provision of a free legal service to those who cannot afford to pay for access to the law.”
A total of 271 students took part in the clinic’s work last year. Their duties involved working on projects and cases, undertaking reception work, organising the weekly advice sessions, attending the weekly case review meetings and working in the Immigration and Asylum Team and Criminal Justice Project.
The Kent Law Clinic holds Monday evening advice sessions at outreach locations where local solicitors and barristers attend for two hours to provide pro bono legal advice to members of the public.
Its outreach centres are at: St Stephen’s Community Centre, Tenterden Drive, Canterbury; Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Centre, Ashford Road, Canterbury; and Whitstable Umbrella Centre, St Mary’s Hall, Oxford Street, Whitstable.
For more information about the law clinic and its services log on to its website.