Essex Law Clinic gold member Annabel Pike has been recognised for her work providing advice and support in the local community, which includes leading on a pioneering LGBTQ+ rights project as well as for her important work within the Human Rights Centre Clinic.
On Wednesday 12 May, Annabel Pike was announced as the Runner-Up in the “Best Contribution By An Individual Student” category at the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards, which celebrate the contribution law students and law schools make in providing free legal advice. Annabel’s position as Runner-Up was announced during the awards ceremony by The Attorney General, the Rt. Hon Michael Ellis QC. This is the third year in a row when an Essex Law Clinic student has been shortlisted. Last year, Jade Hunt was also awarded the Runner-Up position.
Annabel, who is in her fourth year of volunteering with Essex Law Clinic, is the student lead on a pioneering LGBTQ+ rights project. The project brings together student volunteers and local LGBTQ+ charity OutHouse East, and also works with Chelmsford-based HIV charity Metro.
Since joining the Clinic, Annabel has produced a range of factsheets to explain legal issues. She is also helping to develop a theatre project highlighting issues around surrogacy and a podcast series focusing on discrimination.
She admits that she had no idea, before arriving at Essex, that these opportunities would be available to her while studying law. “Before I came to Essex, I didn’t really know anything about the Law Clinic. Just after I arrived, I went to a talk and I was immediately like, ‘Yes, I’m definitely going to sign up for that.’ I’ve learned so much meeting with clients and talking with them. We’ve also had LGBTQ+ awareness training with OutHouse, so I’ve picked up lots of skills.”
Clinic Deputy Director Lee Hansen said: “We are delighted that Annabel’s commitment to the Law Clinic and its clients has been recognised. Students like Annabel play such an important role in addressing the massive legal need that exists within our community. She has been an outstanding member of the Clinic, helping to provide our clients with a compassionate and responsive service.”
Annabel completed her undergraduate degree in LLB Law with Human Rights at the School of Law last summer, but has returned to take an LLM in International Human Rights Law. Annabel is also a member of the University’s Human Rights Centre Clinic, where she has been working on a project in partnership with Amnesty International UK, exploring the human rights implications of policing protest.
You can read about some of the work Annabel has been involved in by reading our previous blogs:
- Essex Law Clinic and LGBT+ Rights
- Essex Law Clinic Updates: LGBTQ+ Rights Pride and the Law – A Podcast