We create innovative pro bono opportunities for students to gain unparalleled access to criminal appeal cases and provide vital assistance to clients who can’t fund legal representation and might otherwise be denied access to justice.
Our students work on real cases under the guidance of expert lawyers. They get access to the most rewarding and interesting pro bono casework imaginable. Our clients get free help and the benefit of the most enquiring minds, emergent legal talent and knowledge, supported by a permanent caseworker team recruited from the best and brightest students and graduates on our programmes.
Develop functional legal knowledge and practical skills for the SQE 1 and SQE 2 assessment, while gaining Qualifying Work Experience.
Work on real life criminal appeal cases under the supervision of expert lawyers as you help research and prepare an application to the CCRC.
Encouraging engagement, expanding legal debate, critical thinking and analysis through the lens of civil liberties and student-led projects.
Our pro bono programme doesn’t just look good on your CV. It provides you with unprecedented insight into criminal defence work, giving you the opportunity to develop subject knowledge and apply theory to complex and serious offences. Definitely something to talk about at interview…
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Our latest legal education programme is designed to make qualifying as a solicitor even more affordable, accessible and flexible…for everyone. Starting in July and September 2021 our full SQE programme including Qualifying Work Experience will be available on a pay-as-you-go basis, starting at £125 per month.
Throughout 2021 the clinic will be focussing on the issue of youth violence and knife crime, bringing together experts, academics and students .
Watch our video intro series where Luke Gittos talks about criminal appeals in the context of the Jeremy Bamber and the ‘White House Farm’ murders of 1985.
Following our incredibly successful Race and Policing Forum in the summer of 2020, the winners of the essay prize are announced.
Listen to the inaugural edition of our podcast where we interview James Mullholland QC, chair of the Criminal Bar Association, talking about the response to the pandemic.
Read the culmination of students’ work tracking and analysing the legislative and policing response to Covid-19.
Find out more about what is happening with FLC, our programmes and our take on some of the topical legal and law-related issues facing society today.
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 reinvested to fulfil our long term goal of delivering legal education that really does change the world.
Luke is a criminal lawyer at Murrays Partnership Solicitors and a specialist in complex criminal litigation. He qualified in 2013 and has been working in criminal justice since 2009. He is the case supervisor for all our criminal work.
Grant is senior partner at Murrays Partnership Solicitors and a highly-regarded expert in complex criminal cases.
Khaled is the clinic’s most senior caseworker having completed our recruitment programme in 2017. He has worked extensively developping the Clinic’s relationships with new partners and been central to our recent applications to the CCRC.
Louise completed our extended criminal appeals programme in 2021 and now coordinates the delivery of our criminal appeals and SQE programmes.
Having completed our extended pro bono programme Isaac now works on developing our legal education programmes and helping students get the most out of their time with the clinic.
Josie joined the permanent casework team in 2020 having successfully completed our recruitment programme and now coordinates our programme of civil liberties projects and events.
Graham joined the permanent casework team in 2020 having made a significant contribution in the case of R v C as part of our pro bono recruitment programme.
Tamsin also joined the permanent casework team in 2020 on the basis of her work in R v W. Tamsin is responsible for coordinating the clinic’s social media.
Freedom Law Clinic is a Community Interest Company registered (10227294) in England. That means that any profit we make goes straight back in to providing more legal education and assistance to clients in line with our mission statement.