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University of Bristol pledges its support for ex-service veterans

By katie button, Friday Nov 8, 2019

A new scheme from the University of Bristol will offer armed forces veterans free legal support.

Students from the university’s Law School will offer pro-bono legal support ranging from housing to employment rights as part of its commitment to those in the military and their families.

Bristol is the latest higher education institution in the UK to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, which aims to remove the barriers faced by members of the armed forces community when accessing public services.

From left to right: student vice director at the Law Clinic Susannah Burley, vice chancellor Hugh Brady and student Hannah Clegg, who will be establishing the Veteran’s Law Clinic – photo by Bhagesh Sachania

“We’re tremendously proud to support armed forces personnel and veterans in this way,” says vice chancellor Hugh Brady.

“As part of our commitment to be a civic university, we have a responsibility to support everyone living in Bristol and our neighbouring communities.

“Through signing this covenant and pledging our ongoing support, we hope to help veterans readjust to civilian life after they’ve provided such an important service to our country.”

For the past five years, the Law Clinic has provided much-needed pro-bono legal advice for the local community on a range of issues such as housing and property, landlord disputes, employment and consumer rights.

Professor Hugh Brady signing the Armed Forces Covenant – photo by Bhagesh Sachania

Regardless of where they live, veterans can get in touch and request help from the Law Clinic and through its website.

Law Clinic director, John Peake, added: “Our students recognise the contribution and sacrifices made by the armed forces personnel and are keen to give something back.”

For more information on the Law Clinic, visit www.bristol.ac.uk/law/law-clinic

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