Legal education
that changes the world

We create innovative pro bono opportunities for students to gain unparalleled access to criminal appeal cases and provide vital assistance to clients who can’t fund legal representation and might otherwise be denied access to justice.

Our students work on real cases under the guidance of expert lawyers. They get access to the most rewarding and interesting pro bono casework imaginable. Our clients get free help and the benefit of the most enquiring minds, emergent legal talent and knowledge, supported by a permanent caseworker team recruited from the best and brightest students and graduates on our programmes.
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Some of the institutions
we work with...
What we do

Work Experience

For aspiring solicitors to gain entry into criminal practice

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Pro Bono

For students looking for pro bono opportunities in criminal law

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Safeguarding rights and defending individuals against local authorities.

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Pro bono for students

Get involved


Our pro bono programme doesn’t just look good on your CV. It provides you with unprecedented insight into criminal defence work, giving you the opportunity to develop subject knowledge and apply theory to complex and serious offences. Definitely something to talk about at interview…


We provide unique pro bono and CLE services to leading universities across the UK, helping to inspire future generations of lawyers. What’s more, we also work remotely, so your students can gain fantastic criminal law experience no matter where they are based.

Wrongfully convicted?

We act for defendants convicted of the most serious criminal offences and assist in preparing cases for review by the Court of Appeal and the CCRC. Find out how our unique work pairing students with experienced lawyers could benefit your case.


If you’re a trainee or early-career lawyer or an experienced solicitor or barrister, a potential corporate sponsor, a journalist or even a member of the public, find out how you can get involved with FLC.


The latest from FLC

Race and policing

Essay competition winners

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Video and Podcasts

Criminal justice system and Covid-19

Listen to the inaugural edition of our podcast where we interview James Mullholland QC, chair of the Criminal Bar Association, talking about the response to the pandemic.

Civil liberties in the lockdown

Final report published

Read the culmination of students’ work tracking and analysing the legislative and policing response to Covid-19.

News and opinion

Our take on current affairs

Read what we have to say about the legal issues facing society.

About Us

Our story & our people

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The Freedom Law Clinic was established in 2015 as a pro bono and alternatively funded project looking at apparent cases of miscarriages of justice, providing support to convicted prisoners who are maintaining their innocence.

As a result of our initial work, we developed a unique programme which harnesses the power of students to provide vital resource for those who are not able to afford representation and might otherwise be denied access to justice.

Now we are a Community Interest Company and fund our work through a diverse range of paid-for education services. We keep our overheads to a minimum and any profit we make is retained within the company and reinvested to fulfil our long term goal of delivering legal education that really does change the world.

The FLC team
Luke Gittos - solicitor

Luke Gittos

Solicitor, Clinic Director

Luke is a criminal lawyer at Murrays Partnership Solicitors and a specialist in complex criminal litigation. He qualified in 2013 and has been working in criminal justice since 2009. He is the case supervisor for all our criminal work.

Andrew Wheelright

Solicitor, Director

Andrew is a lawyer with Bates Wells Braithwaite and directs the clinic’s outreach work.

Asha Shah

Solicitor, Director

Asha is a lawyer with the Financial Ombudsman Service. She manages the clinic’s resources and contributes to the administration of the clinic.

Khaled Hussain-Dupré

Casework Director

Khaled is the clinic’s most senior caseworker having completed our recruitment programme in 2017. He has worked extensively developping the Clinic’s relationships with new partners and been central to our recent applications to the CCRC.

Josie Laidman


Josie joined the permanent casework team in 2020 having successfully completed our recruitment programme and then  taken on the coordination of various civil liberties projects.

Graham Purcell


Graham joined the permanent casework team in 2020 having made a significant contribution in the case of R v C as part of our pro bono recruitment programme.

Tamsin Sandiford


Tamsin also joined the permanent casework team in 2020 on the basis of her work in R v W. Tamsin is responsible for coordinating the clinic’s social media.

Legal education - Criminal Appeals - Civil Liberties

Freedom Law Clinic is a Community Interest Company registered (10227294) in England. That means that any profit we make goes straight back in to providing more legal education and assistance to clients in line with our mission statement.





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