Flamank Law Society
Flamank Law Society was set up to establish a law network for students at our Penryn Campus. The Society was named after Thomas Flamank, lawyer and Cornish MP. Together with the legendary Michael An Gof, they led the Cornish Rebellion of 1497, a protest against taxes imposed by Henry VII. Flamank is also an ancestor to our own Law lecturer, Kate Holtaway.
Flamank works closely with the Law School, and also a variety of law firms. These include local firms like Murrell Associates and Stephens Scown, as well as large international law firms like Herbert Smith Freehills and Allen & Overy; giving members access to various employability opportunities.
We hold mooting and debating events in our ‘Stannary Court’ at Penryn Campus and take part in competitions further afield including Inner Temple Varsity Mooting.
Many of our members gain pro-bono work experience through the Access to Justice subgroup. Advice is given in community café-type environments as well as at the Legal Help Desk at Truro Combined Court, thanks to our links with local organisations like the Dracaena Centre in Falmouth.
We regularly hold social gatherings, events and sports training, to celebrate the coming together of our community. Our past events have included: Christmas Soiree, New Years’ Ball, Quiz Nights and participating in inter society Football Tournaments.
Flamank is run by a dedicated team of elected committee members who strive to provide a forum for social networking with likeminded people and professional engagement. We adhere at all times to Exeter Law School’s Code of Conduct to embed professional etiquette throughout our employability and networking activities.
Student volunteers from Flamank help run the Legal Advice Clinic, providing free legal consultations to clients across Cornwall, in partnership with lawyers from the Legal Advice Centre in London. Students provide support to clients that are often dealing with welfare, housing, employment and debt issues. Meaning you can gain invaluable skills in administration and client-care. Often if a student has developed a rapport with a client, there is an opportunity to accompany a client to tribunals as a McKenzie Friend in order to provide further more complex support.
Emma, Flamank Law Society committee member