We are getting ready to welcome our new Year 4 MLaw students into the Student Law Office. This year, we will have four Business & Commercial firms. Each firm is typically comprised of six students.
In the Student Law Office, our students are exposed to working with real clients under the supervision of qualified solicitors who are also full-time lecturers. Normally, our students are able to advise business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and not-for-profits in relation to a range of issues, including the following:
- Choosing an appropriate business structure: we can advise about the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a partnership or a limited company. We are also able to guide you through the process of incorporation.
- Intellectual Property: would you like to know more about copyright? Are you unsure whether to use your new logo? Have you received a worrying letter saying that you have infringed someone else’s IP? These are all issues which our students have advised clients about in the past.
- Corporate governance: we can advise on directors’ and/or trustees’ duties, the rules and procedures that companies need to adhere to, and advice on Companies House filings.
We have also built a reputation for working with start-ups and early stage businesses. In particular, our students can make suggestions as some of the issues you may need to consider as you go forward with your business. For example, our students recently advised a start-up on their chosen brand, and prepared a non-disclosure agreement for use with external parties.
Of course, this list is not exhaustive and we are always interested in hearing from people who may require our assistance.
Our students will be starting in the office in October, so we will be taking new enquiries from the end of September. If you feel that you may benefit from the assistance of our students, please submit an enquiry by clicking here or alternatively by calling us on 0191 227 3909. Please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide you with advice, as this will depend on the nature, urgency, and complexity of your enquiry, and the capacity of our staff and students.