The University’s Law Clinic provides free legal advice to members of the community and provides students with real opportunities and practical skills in the legal field while helping local populations. Emma Huscroft of Stockton-based Savage Silk and her private client team work with the university to provide their time, resources and legal skills to law students.
Students focus on a variety of areas including employment, monetary claims, durable powers of attorney, wills, civil litigation, housing, landlord and tenant law, consumer law and family law. The legal clinic offers students the opportunity to be exposed to real cases with real people, while also providing insight into what local law firms offer their clients.
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Emma is a member of the Teesside University alumni community and studied law at the university. She joined Savage Silk in August 2020 and has 14 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of private client law. The partnership between Savage Silk and the Law Clinic also coincides with the 20th anniversary of Emma beginning her legal career, which was also marked by her becoming a partner at the firm this year.
Emma will be working alongside fellow Teesside University graduate Emma Harbron, who is a Lecturer in Legal Practice and Supervising Solicitor at the Law Clinic. After training in family law, Emma Harbron practiced law for ten years before returning to university to work as a lecturer.
Emma Huscroft said: “It is very important to me to encourage aspiring lawyers to consider studying locally and gaining qualifications to further their careers.
“The positive changes we have seen in the employment landscape in Teesside have opened up many opportunities for law graduates, meaning they no longer need to move to other parts of the UK to pursue a successful legal career. Personally, I have the university to thank for my path. I have found a friend for life in Emma Harbron and it is important to me to continue the supportive circle.”
Emma Harbron said: “Emma and I have a long history and have remained friends since we met at Teesside University and began our legal careers. We both share the same passion for teaching young people that you can truly make it to the top of the legal profession by taking up employment with a local Teesside firm. The possibilities are endless.”