School of Law Malaysian Alumni Reception – 8th November 2014

November 18th, 2014

IMG_0527Professor Claire McGourlay and Dr Paul James Cardwell hosted the First Alumni Reception and Dinner for our Malaysian alumni in Kuala Lumpur on 8th November 2014.

Over 50 graduates of the School of Law attended, as well as Judge Dato’ Mary Lim Thiam Suan and Judge Datuk Dr Hj Hamid Sultan Bin Abu Backer, who represented the Chief Justice of Malaysia, Dato’ Lela Negara Tun Arifin bin Zakaria, who graduated from the University in 1974.

Dr Cardwell gave a welcome address, highlighting some of the recent achievements of the School of Law and our plans for the future, and thanking the guests for their continued support of the University and the School of Law.


Professor Andrew Johnston visits China

November 17th, 2014

ajohnstone-chinaProfessor Andrew Johnston returned recently from a trip to China where he met with recruitment agents in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai and in a busy schedule also attended research networking and alumni events. He gave a guest lecture in Shandong University Weihai Campus on corporate governance. He engaged in detailed discussions about future collaboration with the Dean of the Law School and the Vice President of the University. A notice board outside Shandong law faculty advertised the lecture and our LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law. We look forward to working more closely in future. Professor Johnston was enthusiastic about the welcome and reception throughout his trip.

Professor Hervey gives keynote speach: Patient Rights, Human Rights or Consumer Rights?…

November 12th, 2014

Professor HerveyProfessor Tamara Hervey, a leading expert on EU law and healthcare gave the keynote speach “Patient Rights, Human Rights or Consumer Rights?: EU law on mobile patients at the Cross-Border Healthcare Law in the European Union conference, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, 30 October 2014.

More about the conference

In the European Union healthcare used to be the responsibility of its member states. Directive 2011/24/EU on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border health care is a significant example how EU regulation has also moved onto the field of health care recently. The directive was adopted by the Member States and the European Parliament after lengthy and fierce negotiations. The Copenhagen conference discussed the contents and the troublesome implementation of the directive. Visit the conference facebook page for more details,


The future of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

November 11th, 2014

Michael Jefferson recently attended the Lincoln’s Inn Law Tutors’ Forum. Discussion centred on proposed reforms to the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) after the Report of the Legal Education & Training Review. The BPTC is criticised in the Report as being expensive and antithetic to widening participation and widening the pool of talent. Currently the fees for the BPTC in London average £18,000 for the nine months’ course plus living expenses.

One proposed reform is that the BPTC would be divided into two Parts.

  • Part 1 would cover ethics, civil litigation, and criminal litigation. The assessments would continue to be centrally set and marked. However, Part 1 could be taken anywhere in any format anywhere e.g. video, distance learning (DL), face to face at providers. For example, Malaysian students could take the course in Malaysia using local providers or by DL. Taking Part 1 in this way would save a good deal of money and shorten the course as a whole.
  • Part 2 would be an immersive course covering mainly skills taken, as now, at the providers in England & Wales.

One possibility would be that students could take Part 1 over the summer after their finals and be ready to start Part 2 in the autumn, thereby shortening the qualification time; similarly, some providers may be able to teach Part 1 during the running of the undergraduate degree or the Graduate Diploma in Law.

Much work remains to be done by the suggested year of implementation, 2017.

Michael Jefferson is a member of the Centralised Exams Appeal Panel acting on behalf of the Bar Standards Board.

Professor Andrew Johnston at L’entreprise et les nouveaux horizons du politique

November 11th, 2014

Andrew Johnston was invited to participate in a conference entitled ‘L’entreprise et les nouveaux horizons du politique’ at College des Bernardins in Paris from 6th-8th November. He presented a paper entitled ‘Repenser les missions de l’entreprise: une perspective du royaume uni’.

The three day conference focused on work, finance, corporate governance and constitutionalisation from legal, sociological, management, anthropological and management perspectives. On the third day, senior executives from the world of business, a trade union representative and a French député debated the same issues at a final round table.

Taking Social Justice Seriously and Access to Justice Film Screening, Monday 3rd November 2014

October 30th, 2014

The School of Law is holding two events on Monday 3rd November;

Taking Social Justice Seriously: The Future of Clinical Education
4.30-5.15pm, Moot Court, Bartolome House

Professor Stuart Toddington will be giving a talk about the changing face of law specifically in relation to the legal aid cuts and how this impacts on lawyers carrying out their work and also the very identity of future lawyers.

Book your place here

Access to Justice Film Screening
6-7.30pm, Moot Court, Bartolome House

A screening of a short film by the Justice Alliance Group will be followed by a panel discussion about the impact of the cuts in legal aid since the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).

The panel will be made up of three practitioners who are highly experienced in legal aid work and as such they have direct experience of the impact of the cuts;

  • Douglas Johnson from the Equality Rights Project Sheffield Citizens Advice and Law Centre who is this years winner of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award.
  • Sarah Leach – a highly experienced Family Law solicitor from Howells Solicitors who specialises in all aspects of Child Law.
  • Christine Peace – a solicitor from Howells Solicitors who is highly experienced in Criminal law work, specialising in representing young people and vulnerable clients.

Book your place here

If you have any questions about either talk, please contact our Recruitment and External Engagement Officer, Stacey Mottershaw; 0114 222 6841 or