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Volunteering at the EU Rights Clinic

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Nick Gore of Carter Thomas Solicitors provides an insight to the volunteering at the EU Rights Clinic. 

What is the name of the scheme which you participate in and what does it entail? 

The EU Rights Clinic is a joint initiative of the University of Kent in Brussels, the Kent Law Clinic and ECAS, the European Citizen Action Service. The mission of the EU Rights Clinic is to help EU citizens and their family members who cannot afford the services of a lawyer in resolving any problems they may encounter when moving around the EU and assist them in enforcing their European rights. This assistance is provided by students at the University of Kent in Brussels working in partnership with qualified lawyers and citizens’ rights advisers. The EU Rights clinic began its operations in January 2013 to coincide with the European Year of Citizens. The EU Rights Clinic website can be found here. 

What benefits do you think the scheme provides those who receive the services? 

With the UK’s departure from the EU, clients of the EU Rights Clinic are often worried about their, and their family’s future. To be able to offer helpful information to such people, working under supervision at Carter Thomas, is rewarding as you make a real impact at a precarious moment in people’s lives. 

What benefits do you get from participating in the scheme? 

Clients of the EU Rights Clinic often have complex legal problems. In offering them information I undertake detailed research which expands my knowledge of immigration law. To be able to help such people is incredibly rewarding, especially as their concerns often involve personal matters which allows a connection with the individual. 

What do you enjoy about the scheme and what do you find challenging about the scheme? 

To be able to research such complex areas of law, and to know that the work produced helps people in life-changing situations, is incredibly gratifying. Producing a helpful piece of work for an urgent time scale is also extremely motivating and helps me to improve my own legal skills. 

What is the importance for you in doing pro bono work and why would you encourage others to get involved? 

To be able to research such complex areas of law, and to know that the work produced helps people in life-changing situations, is incredibly gratifying. Producing a helpful piece of work for an urgent time scale is also extremely motivating and helps me to improve my own legal skills.

 

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