The Contract Clinic; one year on

In November 2012 we (Create Ts and Cs and UWS), with the essential help from MEPC (who own and manage Hillington Park Innovation Centre) launched the Contract Clinic.  The team consisted of David Reilly, director at Create Ts and Cs and Dale McFadzean an academic solicitor and his team of law students.  The aim was to support young companies who have encountered a contractual issue, analyse the problem or query and provide options to help them overcome the issue.  The service is aimed at students or those who are starting a business, and who can’t afford legal advice and require support to crunch a contractual problem or discuss a particular contractual issue.

“We believe if a young company in the early stages of development encounters a contractual issue, if they are supported through the process their chances of sustaining their business increases”.

“The Contract Clinic at Hillington Park Innovation Centre continues to be a success story for all parties concerned. This innovative approach to advice giving and legal education allows law students from the University of the West of Scotland to participate in giving legal advice to small and start-up businesses in and around the Renfrewshire area. Students who have participated so far have gained invaluable employability skills which will better equip them for the competitive graduate marketplace. At the same time, they are also learning first-hand about the benefits of pro bono activity for the local community and it is hoped that they will carry this ethos with them into the workplace. I have been delighted at the positive feedback received from some of the clients to date, and with the continued support from Create Ts and Cs and HPIC the Clinic can only go from strength to strength.” Dale McFadzean, academic solicitor, UWS.

What the Contract Clinic clients had to say;

“The contract Clinic was like a brain-storming workshop and it really got me thinking seriously about the importance of having a well-written set of terms and conditions that are actually relevant to how my business works.  It’s clear they are experts in their field. Not only can spot the potential pitfalls, but he knows how to prepare for them and avoid them by having a well-planned and documented format in place.  It was really helpful to be able to discuss this in an informal, relaxed way without feeling like I was being judged for anything that I hadn’t got quite right.  I appreciate the clear, honest advice from David, Dale and the team.”  Nicki Chapman, Director, Black and White Media.

“Contract Clinic offered a quick and convenient service, addressing the key contract review aspects in a convenient and manageable way”.  David Mummery, MD, Flexar.

The Contract Clinic will continue on the last Friday of every month at Hillington Park Innovation Centre.  Simply email or call 0141 585 6384 to book your place.