Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre (LAC) has recruited a West Bridgford solicitor from Gateley Plc.
Ashley Fredericks joins the LAC as a Supervising Solicitor for the Business and Enterprise Law Service and will support local businesses and other institutions to access legal advice which normally would be out of their reach.
His corporate expertise and experience will also help develop the LAC’s pro-bono offering and use that to help train the Law School’s Student Advisers.
Ashley joins the Legal Advice Centre from Gateley Plc, where he specialised in contentious and non-contentious corporate restructuring/insolvency law and was exposed to a variety of matters across numerous sectors. He trained at Bond Dickinson LLP in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he completed a strongly corporate and insolvency disputes focused training contract.
Ashley is a trustee and director of Citizens Advice Nottingham & District, the charitable company which runs the Nottingham branch of Citizens’ Advice. Ashley sits on the finance and fundraising committees, as well as the main board. He is also the Academic Secretary of the Nottinghamshire Junior Lawyers’ Division, and is co-opted to the Nottinghamshire Law Society’s Education and Training Committee.
Speaking about his appointment, Ashley said: “The Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre is the first fully regulated law firm attached to a university in the UK. This innovative model allows the Legal Advice Centre to deliver free or low cost legal advice to clients by giving students the opportunity to take part in the delivery of that advice. The Business and Enterprise Law Service aims to support businesses, entrepreneurs and charities which simply cannot afford to pay for legal advice at the rates set by more standard private practice law firms. In this way, the Legal Advice Centre makes a valuable contribution to meet a previously un-met need of our East Midlands business community.
“In this new role, I look forward to helping businesses survive, develop and grow. I also look forward to assisting with the training of the region’s future lawyers and to deploying my skills within the wider pro-bono offering that the Legal Advice Centre makes available for the under-represented in Nottingham”.
Centre Director, Nick Johnson, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ashley to the team and know that he will make an invaluable contribution to developing our services to small businesses”.
The Legal Advice Centre, which is run as a teaching law firm, won the LawWorks Award for Best Contribution by a Law School 2016 and the Access to Justice Foundation Award 2016. It was also nominated for a Law Society award for Excellence in Pro Bono.
The Legal Advice Centre is located in the Chaucer Building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LP.