Business and Law clinic services

The Business and Law Clinic offers a variety of legal advice services to the community. Find out about our services and who we can assist.

Start-up businesses, new entrepreneurs and the creative sector

Business Advice Clinic

What we do

The Business Advice Clinic offers free advice to start-up businesses based in and around Bristol, including clients from the UWE Bristol Enterprise Zone. We also run clinics through the Watershed in Bristol for start-up businesses in the creative industries.

Students offer advice on choosing a business structure, intellectual property issues, contractual terms and conditions, and employment matters. Students are supervised by legally qualified lecturers and with support from professional mentors.

How we work

We review enquiries initially to decide if the matter is one our students can assist with. If so, we will arrange a 45 minute appointment for the client to meet with a small student volunteer team and a supervising clinic tutor. At the appointment, the team will gather information and discuss with the client the issues on which the team will advise. The team will then carry out research and prepare a written letter of advice for the client following the appointment.

In 2020/21 we are offering online appointments on Wednesday afternoons.

Contact us

If you are a business start-up or enterprise in the Bristol/Bath/North Somerset/South Gloucestershire area and want to see if we can assist you, please complete our enquiry form. You can also contact us at fbl.clinic@uwe.ac.uk.

Privacy information

UWE Business and Law Clinic Privacy Notice (PDF)

Bristol Musicians Advice Service (BMAS)

What we do

Since 2009, Bristol Musicians Advice Service has been providing advice to aspiring local musicians and others in the entertainment, creative, artistic and media world. Students have advised on music industry contracts, filmmaking contracts, issues around sculpture and art, as well on other areas relevant to the creative industries. We have also advised local media on issues surrounding defamation.

The service advises not only local artists, but also advises on matters around the world.

Where we work

BMAS offers drop-in clinics at BIMM, Spike Island Associates and at UWE Bristol’s Bower Ashton Campus. The service also accepts enquiries from around the UK and, if appropriate, worldwide.

Contact us

If you are a musician, work in the media and creative industries and want to see if we can assist you, please contact Marcus Keppel-Palmer at Marcus.Keppel-Palmer@uwe.ac.uk. We are particularly interested in assisting you if you are starting out.

Services for those involved in court proceedings

LIP Service (for Litigants in Person)

What we do

We educate people who have to attend court and represent themselves on what they need to expect, and how better to present their case in court.

We work closely with the Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre and other universities to provide awareness sessions guiding people through what to expect when presenting their case as a Litigant in Person. 

The project was nominated for and won Team of the Year 2017 award at the Bristol Law Society Awards.

Where we work

We hold regular sessions are held at the Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre.

For more information contact us at fbl.clinic@uwe.ac.uk.

Services for local community and social justice

Employment Law Clinic

What we do

Students offer advice to clients who are seeking help in relation to employment law issues, including employment status, employment contracts, dismissal situations and statutory rights.

Unfortunately, we are not currently able to offer representation services for employment tribunal claims or advice on discrimination issues.

Please note that we are not able to advise in relation to employment issues arising between staff/students and the University of the West of England.

How we work

In 2020/21 we offer online appointments on Wednesdays during UWE Bristol term times. We review enquiries initially to decide if the matter is one our students can assist with. If so, we will arrange a 45 minute appointment for the client to meet with a small student volunteer team and a supervising clinic tutor. At the appointment the team will gather information and discuss with the client the issues on which the team will advise. The team will then carry out research and prepare a written letter of advice for the client following the appointment.

Contact us

If you wish to find out more about whether we can assist you please complete our enquiry form.

You can also contact us at fbl.clinic@uwe.ac.uk.

Privacy information

UWE Business and Law Clinic Privacy Notice (PDF)

Family Law Clinic

What we do

Students offer advice to clients who are seeking help over matters relating to family law issues including relationship breakdown, children, finance and property matters. We cannot represent you in court, but we can offer you guidance about the law in these areas.

Please note that we are unable to advise UWE Bristol staff or students on family law issues through our clinics.

How we work

In 2020/21 we offer online appointments on Wednesdays during UWE Bristol term times. We review enquiries initially to decide if the matter is one our students can assist with. If so, we will arrange a 45 minute appointment for the client to meet with a small student volunteer team and a supervising clinic tutor. At the appointment, the team will gather information and discuss with the client the issues on which the team will advise. The team will then carry out research and prepare a written letter of advice for the client following the appointment.

Contact us

To find out if we can assist you please complete our enquiry form.

You can also contact as at fbl.clinic@uwe.ac.uk.

Privacy information

UWE Business and Law Clinic Privacy Notice (PDF)

Welfare Benefits Advice

What we do

Students advise and represent welfare benefit claimants on their appeals to the First Tier Tribunal. This work is undertaken with our partners, the Bristol Law Centre (LASP Project) and the North Bristol Advice Centre (SHARP Project), to help people appealing against adverse PIP and ESA assessments. Students can assist with advocacy before the appeal tribunals. All work is supervised by our partners.

Where we work

We are based at the offices of Bristol Law Centre and North Bristol Advice Centre.

To find out more contact us at fbl.clinic@uwe.ac.uk.

Services around Widening Participation

Mentoring

What we do

Students mentor A and AS-Level students at our linked schools and colleges to give them the skills and confidence to study law at university, and the career paths that can follow. Students provide sessions on topics such as social media and the law.

Where we work

We invite partner schools and colleges to visit our UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus for sessions. Occasionally, students can present interactive sessions at schools/colleges.

Contact us

If you are a school or college who would want your students to benefit from our programme, please contact Rachel Wood at Rachel.Wood@uwe.ac.uk. Please note that the programme normally requires three visits across a school year.

Street Law

What we do

Our students work with local schools to raise awareness about law. We run mock trials and other awareness-raising activities. Normally, schools visit UWE Bristol for half a day and engage in interactive activities, including visiting our court rooms.

We also promote public education about legal issues, for example running a session for the public on the law relating to organ donation the Bristol Festival of Ideas in 2020.

Where we work

We usually ask schools to visit UWE Bristol’s Frenchay Campus.

Contact us

If you are a school who wishes to find out more about our Street Law service, please contact Rachel Wood at Rachel.Wood@uwe.ac.uk.