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, an eminent 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. In 1997, the five-hundredth anniversary of the Rebellion, a commemorative march ("Keskerdh Kernow 500") was held, retracing the route of the original march from St. Keverne, near our Penryn Campus, to London. A statue depicting An Gof and Flamank was unveiled in St. Keverne and commemorative plaques were unveiled along their route on Blackheath Common, and in Guildford. Thomas Flamank is the County’s most famous Lawyer, and is also an ancestor to our own Director of Law in Cornwall, Kate Holtaway. The name represents strength, courage and solidarity, but also reflects our links to our Capital and beyond.

Flamank works closely with Exeter University Law School, and also with 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. Our links give 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. Many of our members gain pro-bono work experience through the Access to Justice sub–group. 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.

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. Visit our dedicated page for more information about the Society, our President, the Head of Access to Justice, and the Head of the Mooting Committee.

Student volunteers from Flamank LS help run the Legal advice clinic that provides free legal consultation to clients across Cornwall, in partnership with lawyers from the Legal Advice Centre in London. As facilitators of the legal advice process, students provide support to clients that are often dealing with welfare, housing, employment and debt issues. They register client’s details and arrange Skype calls for clients to receive their legal advice from London, with the aim of taking appeals to the First-tier tribunal. Students not only benefit greatly from the rewarding nature of the work, but also 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