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 s.l.mottershaw@sheffield.ac.uk.

Professor Joanna Shapland and Dr Angela Sorsby attend the Strategic Targeting of Recidivism through Evaluation and Monitoring Conference

October 29th, 2014
Joanna Shapland at the EU project STREAM Conference

Prof Joanna Shapland at the EU project STREAM Conference

The final conference of the EU project STREAM (Strategic Targeting of Recidivism through Evaluation and Monitoring) took place in Malta from 22-24 October 2014.  STREAM is about improving the quality of probation supervision and enabling probation initiatives to be evaluated.  The University of Sheffield has been leading the workpackage on transferring training on quality one-to-one supervision of offenders for experienced probation officers to Romania, replicating our evaluation of the package in England.  The conference was attended by some 90 delegates from 21 countries, including directors of probation, policy makers and senior practitioners, and was opened by the Minister for Home Affairs of Malta.  Professor Joanna Shapland gave a keynote presentation on ‘Promoting quality in probation supervision: evaluating the SEEDS programme in Romania’.  Dr Angela Sorsby, with Nigel Hosking of the National Offender Management Service of England and Wales and Ramona Balaita, probation inspector in the Romanian Probation Service, gave two workshops for delegates on ‘Evaluation in practice’.

Leading academics discuss Desistance at an International conference

October 24th, 2014

On the  15-17 September 2014 the Centre for Criminological Research hosted an International Conference on Desistance – Sketching the Future. This Conference brought together key scholars from around the world from most of the major desistance studies who are very active in this field, to consider what has been achieved and to start mapping out where desistance research might go in the future.  For full details, and photos from the conference visit:

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/law/research/clusters/ccr/desistance

Justice Alliance Film Screening and Panel Discussion, 3rd November 2014

October 23rd, 2014

What: 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).
When: Monday 3rd November 2014, 6-7.30pm
Where: Moot Court, Bartolome House (map)

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.

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Book your place.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be an excellent event.

Local Solicitors Come to Sheffield Law School for Legal Update.

October 13th, 2014

On Tuesday 7 October solicitors from the Sheffield area came to an event run by the staff from the Law School and hosted in the Moot Court. The session covered the recently implemented Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and the Consumer Rights Bill which is currently before the House of Lords. The event was introduced by Pauline Laidlaw (deputy director of the Legal Practice Course) and presented by Gareth Bramley and Rachel Cooper both of whom are solicitors with experience in commercial practice and who teach Commercial Law in the School on the Legal Practice Course.

The event was attended by solicitors from DLA Piper, Nabarro, Irwin Mitchell, hlw Keeble Hawson and Squire Patton Boggs and included among their number Legal Practice Course alumni.

Rachel Cooper and Gareth Bramley gave presentations on the key provisions of the new Regulations and the Bill and highlighted some issues concerning difficulties with interpretation and implementation. This was followed by productive discussions about how the issues identified are being tackled in practice and the challenges faced by businesses which do not comply with the new legislation.

The event was the first of a program being planned which hopes to see increased interaction between the Law School and law firms in this area.

In the News: Dr Ruth Stirton on Newsnight

August 14th, 2014

Ruth Stirton appears on NewsnightOur Dr Ruth Stirton was invited to appear on Newsnight yesterday. She debated  the ethical aspects of the controversial NHS trial, whereby patients will be given a placebo instead of adrenaline in case of a heart attack.

You can see what she has to say on BBC iPlayer (after 18:46). It will be available for the next 7 days.

BBC iPlayer – Newsnight – 13/08/2014 – In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day’s headlines with Kirsty Wark.