In an effort to fill the gap left by legal aid cuts, the Community Law Clinic opened its doors in September 2017.
How does one enforce their rights in an overly complicated and expensive system? With help from those that are trained in such a system.
Third year law students, under supervision from the legal community, provide a variety of free legal services to members of the public. These services range from simple form filling/letter writing to legal advice. Having a variety of specialized clinics, allows individuals to obtain focused and personalized attention to their cases.
The CLC Team
Tia Matt is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Clinical Legal Education in the Law School, University of Exeter. She supervises students participating in the Community Law Clinic (CLC) and the Exeter Law Projects pro bono programmes.
Tia attended the University of Washington School of Law in the United States, where she received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence, (J.D.) in 1999. She is a qualified solicitor of England and Wales. She is also licensed to practice law in the States of Arizona and Washington and admitted to practice before the United States 9th District Court and the United States Tax Court.
In the US, Tia managed her own private practice focusing on asset protection while committing pro bono time to assisting charities.
After arriving at Exeter in 2014, Tia revamped the clinical programme at Exeter and started the Community Law Clinic with her colleague, Luke Price.
Natasha Bellinger is a practising barrister at Magdalen Chambers in Exeter and a Lecturer in Law at the University (part-time).
While a student at Exeter, she volunteered for the Community Legal Helpdesk and later for the Community Advice and Representation Service. In her practice in Chambers, Natasha is a civil practitioner with an emphasis on Housing and Contract Law and is ranked as a Leading Junior on the Western Circuit in the Legal 500 in the area of property law, rated as a ‘social housing specialist’. She is also a member of the Attorney-General’s Panel of Civil Counsel (Regional C Panel).
Natasha joined the Community Law Clinic in 2018. Natasha is passionate about access to the Bar and is involved in the University/Sutton Trust’s Pathways to Law scheme. Her interest in the CLC is due to the number of litigants in person she encountered at court, without access to legal advice or assistance.
Kim McDonald is a Partner in the Employment Department of Gilbert Stephens LLP and deals with all aspects of employment law.
Kim advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Kim regularly provides advice in relation to grievances, disciplinary matters, the redundancy process and settlement agreements.
Kim’s expertise also extends to landlord and tenant issues - advising landlords in relation to tenancy agreements, notices and possession proceedings. Kim regularly deals with all types of property disputes and cases including consumer law issues.