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Start-Ed Commercial Law Clinic

Start-Ed Information for clients

Start-Ed is a free walk-in centre offering assistance for small businesses and technology start-ups. The service provides advice on a range of business and legal matters. It is run by law students of The City Law School and supervised by local professionals. No booking is required. We operate on a first come first serve basis.

We can assist you with:

  • Business structure and incorporation
  • Contractual agreements - key issues in contracts
  • Intellectual property issues - copyright/trademarks/patents
  • Preparation for an investment
  • Recruiting students across a range of subject areas including IT, Business, Law, and Journalism/Social media

To attend one of our sessions as a client, please visit our Appointment Booking Page or e-mail us on Start-Ed@city.ac.uk.

Our clinic sessions operate every Tuesday evening (6:30-8:30pm) during term time (early October to mid-December and late January to early April).

Please note:

  1. Each week we deal with a selection of the issues listed above and we cannot address each and every issue in every session. If we cannot deal with your specific issue, we will try to signpost you to useful services elsewhere or alternatively, if possible, deal with the issue at a future session.
  2. We do not provide written legal advice at any introductory consulting session. However, we are happy to review any documents which you have prepared or provide high level guidance on issues you need to consider when preparing specific documents.
  3. The advice provided is by professionals in the local community, however, our service is not intended as a substitute for paid professional legal advice and is not, as such, regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. It is merely intended to point you in the right direction and provide broad guidance on legal issues. If you require urgent legal advice, we strongly urge you to seek paid professional legal advice.

Start-Ed Research Affiliate

Become a Start-Ed Research Affiliate

IT Law, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Start-Ed, an award-winning community of lawyers, startups and entrepreneurs is pleased to invite qualified scholars and legal practitioners to apply to its Research Affiliate Programme. The programme will be of interest to those working on issues related to IT, innovation, and entrepreneurship, especially from a legal perspective, including intellectual property, commercial contracts and business organizations. Non-legal experts in fields such as business and management may also wish to apply to our programme.

As a Start-Ed Research Affiliate, you will be encouraged to produce research and thought pieces which may be published on our website and distributed across our community. We especially welcome research in form of published articles, working papers, and case studies.

Affiliates will:

  • Be associated with the Start-Ed research network on an ongoing basis subject to periodic review
  • Collaborate with the Start-Ed community including global affiliates, partners, and fast growing and new technology companies
  • Be able to publish or distribute quality research with support from the Start-Ed leadership team
  • Receive invitations to attend and/or participate in Start-Ed clinical education events and related conferences on IT law and entrepreneurship
  • Have opportunities to propose to or develop research topics and funding applications with our partners when appropriate
  • Be identified and listed on the Start-Ed Research Affiliates website

Please note that The City Law School of City, University of London is not able offer office space or administrative assistance to Affiliates.

To apply to become a Start-Ed Research Affiliate, prospective applicants must provide the following materials:

  • A complete CV
  • A statement of intent describing the nature of the research that the applicant plans to undertake as an Affiliate (300 – 500 words)
  • One letter of reference from an individual familiar with the applicant's academic or professional accomplishments
  • A writing sample (no more than 5000 words)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and there is no fee associated with the programme.

For more information and to apply, please contact: David.Collins.1@city.ac.uk