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Trainee Solicitor at Nottingham Law Centre

As part of his training, trainee solicitor Elliott Moulster has been seconded to work at the Nottingham Law Centre in order to obtain a broad range of experience prior to qualification.

This firm enjoys a close relationship with the Nottingham Law Centre.  Solicitor Andrew Wesley is the chair of the Board of Trustees for the Law Centre, responsible for oversight and some strategic management, in a pro bono role.

nottingham law centreNottingham Law Centre is located directly opposite the Hyson Green Market in Radford, Nottingham.  It specialises in providing free legal advice and representation in the areas of housing law, debt and social security law.  As a result, it advisers try to assist some of the most vulnerable in society.

Elliott has begun to work alongside Diana Bagci who is part of the Law Centre’s Social Security Team, providing particular assistance to the local Roma community.

Elliott has now spent his first week in this busy not for profit organisation.


The week started with introductions to everyone who works and volunteers at the Centre.   Elliott received the warmest of welcomes from everybody that he met.

Before being trusted with providing advice, Elliott began to receive his training.  He had the opportunity to sit in on many client appointments.  What impressed him most about this first day was  the professionalism and empathy that staff members showed when dealing with cases that were both deeply personal and of extreme sensitivity.


After spending Monday meeting clients and advisers, Elliott spent much of Tuesday at Nottingham Law Centre reading some of the relevant law and guidance relating to benefits.

He acquainted himself with the regulations concerning the Employment Support Allowance (ESA), Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and the rules surrounding other benefits such as Universal Credit.

Elliott had further opportunities to sit in on further client interviews during the course of the day.


Elliott attended a meeting about combating modern slavery in the East Midlands.   This event opened his eyes to the prevalence of such practises in the United Kingdom.  This valuable insight will allow Elliott to help understand the experience of those clients who are victims of modern slavery.

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The first half of Thursday was spent drafting a detailed letter to the Social Security Tribunal. The purpose of this letter was to make representations in support of an application to reconsider a previous decision of the tribunal.  It was believed that the tribunal decision was in error, but that the problem could be rectified.

In the afternoon, Elliott attended a local Community Centre. This was to offer practical advice and assistance to members of the local Roma Community.  Again, he found the experience very educational.  He experienced a culture in some ways different to his own, and appreciated the opportunity to provide advice away from an office setting speaking directly to those in the community.


Unfortunately Elliott was unable to avoid returning to VHS Fletchers today to prepare some of Health and Safety prosecutions that he is working on.  He will, however, return to Nottingham Law Centre next week to begin to provide advice.

Contact Nottingham Law Centre

While we are able to provide you with specialist advice relating to crime, regulatory, road traffic, education and prison law matters, we cannot give you advice on all topics.

As a result, if you require advice about housing law, debt or benefits entitlement then we do not hesitate to recommend the excellent service provided by the Law Centre.

Information about how to contact the Law Centre can be found here.

Alumni Fellowship at Nottingham Law School

As a Nottingham Law School Alumni, our trainee solicitor Elliott Moulster has recently been asked to join the NLS Alumni Fellowship. The aim of the fellowship is to help put students at Nottingham Law School in contact with members of the legal profession. It is hoped that in doing so, legal professionals are able to share their knowledge, skills and experience with the next generation of lawyers.

VHS Fletchers currently supports students with placements and work experience.  Elliott was very keen to join the Alumni scheme and maintain a positive relationship with the university. Whilst Elliott was at university, he personally benefited from a professional mentor and can therefore appreciate how beneficial they are to students.

Valuable Experience

The Fellowship provides many different ways for professionals to get involved and actively encourages its members to come up with novel initiatives. Some of the activities that the program runs include:

  • mentoring
  • networking events
  • employability workshops
  • blog writing
  • opportunities for pro-bono work

So far, Elliott has supported and attended numerous events run by the university. He has also started mentoring students interested in a future in criminal law. Although as a trainee he may still have a lot to learn and experience himself, Elliott knows he can assist. He will be particularly helpful in explaining how to make the jump from university to professional practice as he has only recently done so himself.

Developing our involvement

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Trainee solicitor Elliott Moulster

Elliott is also currently looking for ways to expand his involvement in the scheme.  These include ideas such as drop in mentoring sessions currently being discussed.

Overall, Elliott feels that it is an extremely worthwhile and rewarding opportunity. One of which he is also very thankful to have the firm’s support in pursuing. The university is always looking for more fellows and Elliott would encourage as many people as possible to get involved.

Contact Elliott Moulster about the Alumni Fellowship

If you have any queries about the scheme or how Elliott could help you then please telephone him on 0115 9441233.  You can email him here.