qLegal's mission is to help the next generation of lawyers help the next generation of clients to create value in the world
High calibre postgraduate law students from Queen Mary University of London provide free support to start-ups and entrepreneurs to help them develop their business. The students are supervised by practising lawyers from leading firms who volunteer their time. Businesses get support for free, students develop their skills and network, and volunteers demonstrate their commitment to helping the community.
qLegal students provide free support to start-ups by in the form of:
- 1-1 written legal advice
- group workshops and online resources on legal and business matters
- an extra helping hand as an extern within a start-up
- consultancy services to businesses on discrete projects
Free legal advice: 1-1 Legal Advisory Programme
qLegal provides free preliminary legal advice to start-ups and entrepreneurs on a range of complex legal issues including:
- Intellectual property matters relating to copyright, trademarks and patents
- Data protection and GDPR compliance (website terms and conditions, privacy policies and cookies policies)
- Types of business structure and business incorporation
- Commercial agreements such as non-disclosure agreements
Free legal workshops, toolkits and online resources: Public Legal Education Programme
To help raise awareness of legal issues affecting start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs, qLegal students deliver workshops and webinars on topical legal and business matters. Along with technical updates, toolkits and other online resources, they bring clarity to important concepts and enable businesses and entrepreneurs to know the right questions to ask.
qLegal students also support budding entrepreneurs by giving tailored workshops and talks busting myths and raising awareness about the law to students in schools, FE colleges and universities.
A helping hand within a business plus consultancy projects: Legal Projects Programme
qLegal runs an externship work placement programme for its students within start-ups and scale-ups in the lawtech, AI and compliance and regulatory sectors in particular. Our students spend time in start-ups to gain first-hand experience in legal and technological services while receiving training on law and business from the qLegal team.
Small groups of students also work on discrete projects for businesses, putting students’ research skills and legal knowledge to good use while making the most of their language skills, cultural awareness (many students are from overseas) and first-hand understanding of their demographic group. Projects include working on Legal Design briefs.
Projects also include outreach activities as students work with our partner organisation, CoachBright, providing one-to-one coaching sessions to secondary school pupils from state schools across the UK.
Regulation & Compliance Programme
In addition to our pro bono work, qLegal runs a programme matching leading compliance professionals with students who are interested in this growth sector. The programme includes mentoring, talks and interactive workshops.
Entrepreneurship Law Clinic Module
There is also an option for students to provide legal advice to clients as part of a credit-bearing module run by qLegal.
2020/2021 has been a year of growth for qLegal. Read more in the qLegal Annual Report 2020-21 [PDF 18,113KB].
Our qLegal Annual Report 2019-20 [PDF 505KB] and Review for last academic year 2018/19 [PDF 3,220KB] also gives details about our impact.
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