The Freedom Law Clinic was established in 2015 as a pro bono and alternatively funded project looking at apparent cases of miscarriages of justice, providing support to convicted prisoners who are maintaining their innocence.
As a result of our initial work, we developed a unique programme which harnesses the power of students to provide vital resource for those who are not able to afford representation and might otherwise be denied access to justice.
Now we are a Community Interest Company and fund our work through a diverse range of paid-for education services. We keep our overheads to a minimum and any profit we make is retained within the company and used to deliver our long term goal of delivering legal education that really does change the world.
Who we work with
We currently deliver our programmes as part of pro bono and clinical legal education curricula for leading universities across the UK, including:
In 2019 we will be adding legal education for the public to our portfolio of services, encouraging those who are considering a legal career, or simply have an interest in justice and society, to undertake short courses in either criminal or public law. The theory taught in our courses will be backed up by practical work as participants take part in activities based on our casework so that they can explore
Some of our cases
R v DW
DW was convicted of murder in 2008. His case was the first major investigation of Operation Trident, which was established to investigate ‘black on black’ gun crime. His case involved the use of ‘supergrass’ evidence. An individual accused of a different murder gave evidence against DW on the promise of a reduced sentence for his own crimes. The case became notorious as an example of Trident Officers mishandling defence witnesses. The students are now investigating police conduct of the investigation to establish any further relevant areas of misconduct.
R v H
H was convicted in 1994 of a 2 murders, an attempted murder and an aggravated burglary. It was alleged that he was a member of an ‘execution squad’ associated with Jamaican gangsters operating in London. The case involved many areas of evidence including DNA and shoe indentation. Students are currently researching the adequacy of H’s representation and considering the many complaints he raises about his trial defence. They are also following up independent lines of inquiry with the Kingston police.
R v A
A was convicted in 2013 of involvement in a complex drugs importation conspiracy and concurrent property fraud. He now claims that his prosecution involved the use of an undisclosed participating informant. This raises important questions about the operation of the disclosure obligations in his case. Students in the first 6-week course prepared a comprehensive summary document to assist in the preparation of submissions to the Criminal Case Review Commission.