On September 25, 2019, the Peter A. Allard School of Law gratefully accepted a generous donation from Richards Buell Sutton LLP (“RBS”) to support the continual operation of the law school’s Business Law Clinic. The significant $250 000 gift will permit the Business Law Clinic to operate over the next five years, thereby aiding the interests and needs of local businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations. The gift also demonstrably fosters the law school’s commitment to experiential learning for its students and continual involvement in the local community.
The Business Law Clinic at the Peter A. Allard School of Law was established in 2016 within the law school’s Centre for Business Law. The clinic is specifically designed to address access to justice issues for individuals and groups within the local business community of limited financial means. The clinic assists clients in matters ranging from contract and lease reviews to the drafting of confidentiality and supplier agreements.
Apart from its presence in the local business community, the Business Law Clinic also plays an important role for the law school’s students. Involvement with the clinic provides students with a wide range of practical skills and genuine client interaction. Students also have the opportunity to better understand the ins and outs of business infrastructure and interact with a variety of members within the local business landscape.
RBS is a proud supporter of the Peter A. Allard School of Law, having previously donated $1 million to the law school’s building project in 2007 among other generous gifts and support for initiatives. "Our firm has had a long and rewarding relationship with UBC, and we are delighted to maintain our support through our contribution to the Business Law Clinic,” said Jeffrey J. Lowe Q.C., Managing Partner of RBS. “The Business Law Clinic is another example of the innovative approach of the Allard School of Law to legal education, which includes experiential learning opportunities for our future business lawyers.”