Innocence Network UK is a national charity assisting those who may have been the victims of a miscarriage of justice. The school, as part of the Law Clinic, has established Innocence at Plymouth, affiliated to the national charity. It advises clients who have been convicted of serious crimes (e.g. murder or terrorism) and forensically examines the evidence against the client, the trial, and any appeal processes, seeking any grounds on which the conviction may be challenged. We run this project with the help of Foot Anstey Solicitors and Jason Beale – a barrister from Devon Chambers in Plymouth.
“As an Innocence Project Volunteer for the last two years, I’ve been able to gain practical legal experience that looks great on my CV. The project is unique in the sense that I’ve been able to work autonomously on a real criminal case, so I’ve had a great insight into the work of a solicitor. I’ve also developed teamworking and leadership skills, communicated regularly with our client as well as a variety of legal and non-legal professionals, chaired meetings and taken minutes, as well as honed my general research skills. It’s by far the most valuable extra-curricular experience that I've had.” Dani Lowther, LLB (Hons) Law graduate