Hawkins\Brown has been working with the University of Kent since 2010 to support its fundraising campaign to build a new home for its Law Clinic and Mooting Programme.
The existing Kent Law Clinic is an award winning school whose core values include enhancing the education of students and providing a public service for local people who need legal advice and representation but cannot afford to pay for it.
The brief was to provide an accessible, open and transparent new building, to help demystify the process of law while retaining some of its traditional gravitas. The building will provide additional space as well a new identity for the Law School, and improve the links with the disparate surrounding buildings setting up a sustainable framework for future phases of development.
At the heart of the building is a mooting chamber. Mooting is an increasingly important part of the School’s activities, where students argue moot points of law in a simulated courtroom setting using hypothetical facts often based on a factual scenario. It is a great way of developing a student’s advocacy skills, of deepening their understanding of the law, of gaining status through inter-varsity competition and forging better links with the legal profession.
The building started on site spring 2015, and was completed summer 2016.
“It is a seriously impressive facility and I thought that the mooting chamber, in particular, puts many of our courts to shame.”
David Balcombe QC, High Court Judge
“Firstly let me say without reservation, the building is an immense success. Architecturally wonderful and already sits so well in its environment. A joy to walk around... ”
Peter Frawley Donor