By Chloe Olivia Sladden
The service will offer free legal advice and service to members of the LGBTQ+ community, supported by the university's LGBTQ+ society and the LGBTQ+ staff network, according to a university press release.
Director of Hertfordshire Law Clinic, Amanda Thurston said: “We want to provide a safe space where the LGBT+ community can access legal advice free of charge and in confidence, with the support of a legal team that understands the issues experienced by the LGBT+ community. The clinic also gives our dedicated students, who themselves are from a wide range of different backgrounds, the opportunity to practice law inclusively from the very start of their careers.”
Team members working for the clinic can offer advice on issues such as; hate crimes, work discrimination, relationship breakdown and tenancy disputes. The clinic will also be able to provide gender recognition and change of name certificate application guidance.
The clinic will also be supported by a committee member, who is part of the Law Society's LGTB+ Lawyers Division, and a Senior Solicitor with Sherrads, Kirsty Limacher. She has said she is "thrilled to support Hertfordshire Law Clinic on the launch of their LGBT+ Clinic, which will provide vital pro bono advice to members of the local LGBT+ community.”
President of the LGBT+ Students Society (which you can read all about in Trident's LGBT+ Society Spotlight article by Sheetal Martine Joseph) at Herts, Chloe McKendrick believes the clinic will become "a phenomenal addition to support services" at the university.
"It will allow LGBT+ students to get legal advice and support without any financial worry. We are super proud of the diversity at Herts and the measures in place to support and celebrate all. We are sure that the LGBT+ Law Clinic will be an asset to the students and community at Herts for years to come.”