4 New Academics join Lincoln Law School

Over the summer, Lincoln Law School has been joined by four new colleagues to strengthen its focus on research, student engagement and employability.

Professor Matthew Hall has joined from the University of Sheffield as Professor of Law and Criminal Justice and is taking on the role of the School’s Director of Research. His fields of interest include victims’ rights, environmental criminology, criminal law, and the law of evidence. Other new colleagues are Dr Stephen Turner who is joining Lincoln from Kingston University and whose research focuses on human rights and environmental protection, Martyn Heathcote who as the former Director of the Legal Practice Course at the University of Sheffield brings a wealth of practical legal experience and will be leading on the School’s employability agenda and Christy Shucksmith who has recently finished her PhD at the University of Nottingham on the law and operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross as a humanitarian organisation.

Professor Duncan French, Head of Lincoln Law School, said: “I am delighted to welcome our new colleagues to Lincoln. Together with the University awarding the title of Emeritus Professor to Richard Stone, the Law School is in a very strong position to take forward its ambitious plans on research, to implement its learning and teaching agenda, to continue to embed its extra-curricular activities such as the law clinic, and to work closely with partners on employability. On the back of some extremely pleasing NSS results, I am looking forward to another great year”.

Staff / Student International Law Workshop

Staff and students of Lincoln Law School, joined by colleagues from the Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham held the first Law School staff / student international law workshop yesterday.

The workshop focused on the current crises in Syria and Ukraine, and what this told us about the current state of state sovereignty.

Led by Head of School and Professor of International Law, Duncan French and specially invited guest, Dr Russell Buchan, University of Sheffield, a wide-ranging discussion ensued, including contributions from both staff and students.

Finalist Joe Willan also delivered a presentation on cluster munitions with a particular focus on its impact in Laos of which he has significant knowledge and experience.

Professor French remarked: “it has been a great event. We will certainly run it again. I am delighted with the active participation of students, from first years to finalists. It highlights the importance we place on giving our own mean to the University’s wider ethos of student as producer.”

20 Years of Lincoln Law School celebrated with Helena Kennedy

To mark 20 years of Lincoln Law School, Baroness Helena Kennedy spoke to an audience of 200 people on the enduring importance of the Magna Carta.

Nevertheless, recognising that the constitutional document was a creation of its time, its influence in constraining the power of the King (as symbolic of executive power) and to promote the right to justice remain cardinal principles of our – and most – legal systems.

As Professor Duncan French, Head of Lincoln Law School, said in his introduction of Baroness Kennedy – there is no one better to talk to us about these issues; Baroness Kennedy having spent her career protecting and promoting human rights and civil liberties.

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Alison McGowan’s placement at leading law firm DWF

National business law firm, DWF, has partnered with the University of Lincoln to provide one of its lecturers with hands-on experience of work in a top 20 UK law firm.

Alison McGowan, a lecturer of property law and specialist in Environmental Law and Policy, spent a week observing this area of commercial law being applied in practice with the help of DWF Manchester’s Real Estate team.

Alison explained: “This experience has really helped shape my understanding of the realities of working in a commercial law firm today, and will enable me to further support our students at the University of Lincoln who are applying for employment opportunities at the country’s top law firms.

“I’ve had the chance to see some of the theory I teach come to life in practice, which will help give my lessons added context and really bring the law alive for my students. In addition to my time with the Real Estate team, I had the chance to meet and speak with a wide range of people from across the firm, including trainees, practitioners, and senior management.”

The placement was organised by DWF’s Simon Price, associate solicitor and BITC business connector. Simon commented: “We are committed to developing and strengthening collaborative working practices with our clients and local businesses. We carefully design each secondment to stretch those who take part to ensure we’re really adding value for them. The placements are also a great opportunity for us to keep on top of developments both within our clients’ businesses and their wider industries.”

Kerren Daly, head of the education sector at DWF, added: “It’s important to us to help develop the next generation of legal minds but these placements also provide us with a unique insight into the theory being taught today. This helps us to innovate and add value to our Education sector clients, by regularly bringing theory and private practice together.”

Professor Duncan French, head of the University of Lincoln’s Law School, concluded: “This placement has been a fantastic opportunity, not only for Alison but also for each and every one of our law school pupils who will gain something from her learnings at DWF. We hope to continue to grow this relationship in the future.”

High-Level Workshop on Leadership in Nigeria

The University’s Lincolnshire Leadership and Management Centre (LLMC) recently hosted a high-level delegation of parliamentarians and other officials from across Nigeria. Focusing on leadership in transitional democracies, the three-day event explored various themes of leadership.

Colleagues from the Law School, including Dr Ngozi Okoye, Dr Samantha Velluti, Diane Ryland, and Kieran Durcan led workshops on matters as wide-ranging as the EU as a Global Actor, EU internal market rules and UK anti-bribery legislation. Professor Duncan French gave a plenary lecture on the relevance of sustainable development to an emerging global economy.

The event concluded with an excellent Nigerian-themed conference dinner at a local hotel.