Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele (CLOCK)

The Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele (CLOCK) is a unique and innovative project bringing together universities, law firms, barristers chambers, mediation, charitable and court services to educate, assist, monitor and promote access to justice for disadvantaged communities.

Community Legal Education

Community Legal Education

Community Legal Education covers a wide range of activities that promote public knowledge of legal matters and help people to overcome the difficulties they experience dealing with the law in their daily lives. It is fundamentally concerned with educating people about their rights and empowering them in their pursuit of justice. Students participating in CLOCK receive extensive training and work with a range of partner organiations to provide community legal education on social and legal issues such as hate crimes, intimate/societal violence, homelessness, welfare, housing or immigration. Students undertake research on these various topics and subsequently deliver presentations at local High Schools or community engagement events, enhancing people's legal awareness, legal literacy and legal capacity.

Community Legal Companion

Community Legal Companion

CLOCK has designed the unique role of 'Community Legal Companion' to facilitate access to charitable, law firm and court services, and assist unrepresented litigants according to the McKenzie Friend Priniciples. Community Legal Companions provide a range of services, including assistance with legal aid funding, court application forms and legal paperwork. They are also trained to accompany litigants-in-person in formal/court proceedings, where they provide moral support and take notes. 

Award-winning Scheme

Award-winning Scheme

CLOCK is the receipient of an 'Access to Justice Award' byt the UK Attorney General, having been highly commended for its outstanding contribution to the promotion of access to justice. The scheme has inspired other universities in Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Brighton and Kent to implement CLOCK Community Legal Companion services in partnership with Keele and local organisations. See the BBC's coverage of CLOCK here.

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Shortlisted for Green Gown Awards 2019

Shortlisted for Green Gown Awards 2019

Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele (CLOCK) has been shortlisted for the Green Gown Awards 2019, under the award 'Benefitting Society'. The Green Gown Awards 2019 recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the world. Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges. With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the further and higher education sector. The Green Gown Awards are administered by EAUC and each region are governed by a local cross agency steering group. The judging panel are representatives of sector organisations relevant to each region.

Shortlisted for Green Gown Awards 2019

Shortlisted for Green Gown Awards 2019

Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele (CLOCK) has been shortlisted for the Green Gown Awards 2019, under the award 'Benefitting Society'. The Green Gown Awards 2019 recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the world. Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges. With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the further and higher education sector. The Green Gown Awards are administered by EAUC and each region are governed by a local cross agency steering group. The judging panel are representatives of sector organisations relevant to each region.

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Walking in a Litigant in Person's Shoes

A snapshot of the experience of the thousands of people seeking legal support