In November 2019, four law clinics joined forces to launch the project “Free Legal Support for Small Business”.
The essence of the regional project is to provide consultants of legal clinics participating in the initiative of free legal assistance to representatives of small business, in particular: assistance in business registration; advising on the most optimal form of taxation; drafting of personnel documents, contracts, etc.; carrying out legal “audit” of documents for compliance with the future requirements of the legislation; drawing up of check-lists for checks; providing advice, clarification of legislation; preparation of procedural documents and court representation, etc.
The project is being implemented by:
- Legal Clinic “Pro Bono” of National University of Ostroh Academy,
- Legal Clinic “Liberta” Ternopil National Economic University,
- Lega Clinic Leonid Yuzkov Khmelnytskyi University of Management and Law,
- Legal Clinic Ukrainian Catholic University, which in its specialization will provide legal assistance to veterans wishing to start their own business.
During the two months of the project implementation a number of activities have already been carried out:
1. Training courses were held at the Legal Clinic “Pro Bono” of National University of Ostroh Academy, which covered various aspects of small business consulting.
2. Legal Clinic “Liberta” Ternopil National Economic University
Students of Legal Clinic “Liberta” have increased their competencies in small business legal support in Ukraine.
3. Lega Clinic Leonid Yuzkov Khmelnytskyi University of Management and Law
A somewhat different format of training for students was chosen in Khmelnytsky.
4. Legal Clinic Ukrainian Catholic University
At Legal Clinic of UCU Law School started a series of small business consulting client trainings with Natalia Vasylechko, a lawyer, partner and head of IT practice Attorneys at law “BK partners”.
The training is only the beginning of the implementation of the regional project “Development of regional leadership and establishing a model of coordination of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine”, which is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation. Next – look for our success stories, helpful advice and practical tips on how to develop this line of law clinics.
Author – Khrystyna Kovtsun, manager of the Legal Clinic of the UKU Law School