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Free law clinic offers legal lifeline

Bond University is opening a free law clinic headed by an experienced solicitor offering advice across a wide range of issues including commercial, property and consumer law.

Sara Loughnan, who spent 28 years working in her own legal practice in Mackay, has been appointed Principal Solicitor of the Bond Law Clinic.

Ms Loughnan said the clinic would have a dual focus – providing real-life work experience for Bond law students under the guidance of experienced legal practitioners as well as delivering free legal advice to those who need it. 

“The Bond Law Clinic will operate on a pro bono basis. This is an important aspect because we’re here to help everyone, particularly those in the community that might otherwise not be able to afford legal advice,” Ms Loughnan said. 

“While the Bond Law Clinic does not provide ongoing or court representation, the legal advice service helps people understand their rights, responsibilities and options so that they can make informed decisions about what to do next.  

“It’s also great to be able to provide students with the opportunity to practise their skills in a real environment where students can see how the legal knowledge they are acquiring in the classroom can be applied to the legal issues faced by our clients in everyday life.” 

Bond University Associate Professor and Director of the Bond Legal Clinics Program, Francina Cantatore, said Ms Loughnan’s new role would enhance the quality and accessibility of the clinic’s services.

“The Bond Law Clinic is a flagship initiative for Bond University. It’s not only a great legal resource for the Gold Coast community but also offers our students hands-on experiential learning opportunities,” Dr Cantatore said.

The clinic will be open from September 25 providing basic legal advice on a broad range of issues, but primarily in the areas of commercial, property and consumer law.

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