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Grand Challenges is a project week, from 10 to 14 June 2019, in which students work in interdisciplinary groups with other like-minded students to design innovative solutions to real-world challenges.
26 students from 14 state schools and colleges from across the South West region graduated from the Pathways to Law programme
A panel of alumni from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies attended an Exeter Scholars event, answering questions posed by Year 12 students on this prestigious programme, followed by a round table networking session.
The University of Exeter has appointed Professor Richard Moorhead as the new Head of Law starting in September 2019.
Dr Kubo Mačák delivered a Visiting Fellow lecture entitled “Under Pressure: Jus in Bello Norms and Cyber Operations”.
The University is renowned for its work in the field of national security.
The gig economy could drive down wages and de-professionalise the UK voice-over industry as jobs are increasingly advertised online, experts have warned.
Almost half of people in England and Wales mistakenly believe that unmarried couples who live together have a common law marriage and enjoy the same rights as couples that are legally married.
Law School student Rama Sahtout passes her viva on “Temporary Refuge as a Response to Large-Scale Refugee Influxes"
Rama Sahtout, a doctoral student at Exeter Law School, recently passed her viva on a thesis entitled "Temporary Refuge as a Response to Large-Scale Refugee Influxes". Rama’s research was supervised by Professor Michael Addo.
The voices you hear in adverts, animated films or documentary are real, but they are invisible in policy-making and in licensing agreements. Exeter researchers launch the first study into the contractual practices in the UK voice-over industry.
On 10 January 2019, the Exeter Centre for International Law hosted a delegation from the Okinawa Prefectural Government.
On November 29, the University of Exeter Community Law Clinic held a day of celebrations and collaboration to recognise the work done by Exeter law students.
Dr Lee held a workshop titled ‘AI in Financial Markets: Innovation, Law, and New Ecosystems’
The first female President of the Supreme Court inspired University of Exeter students hoping to be the lawyers of the future with a motivating speech about her pioneering career.
Academics and students are celebrating the silver anniversary of a unique degree offered by the University of Exeter that enables students to study both English and French law at the same time.
Professor Mike Schmitt has completed a six-week journey training government officials on how international law governs hostile cyber operations.
Couples marrying in civil ceremonies should be allowed to have religious vows, rituals, readings, and music as part of their ceremony for the first time, a major new study has concluded.
Representatives from Cairo University visited the UK for a one-week study visit to explore different models of combating harassment and violence against women on university campuses.
The University of Exeter has joined governments around the world and technology giants in backing President Macron of France’s campaign to fight cyber-attacks.
The University of Exeter’s School of Law has enjoyed a sharp rise in the influential Times Higher Education Subject rankings for Law. Ranked 93rd in 2018, the 2019 rankings have seen the School of Law jump to 72nd in the world, one of the larger improvements of rankings from any institutions in the top 100.
As part of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Festival of Social Science (FOSS), Lecturer in Politics, Dr Sarah Cooper, in collaboration with Professor Claire Dunlop and Dr Owen Thomas, hosted a public engagement event to explore the construction of consent in the courtroom.
A law academic from the University of Exeter has been awarded a prestigious Academic Fellowship that recognises outstanding contribution of legal teaching and research.
Dr Joseph Lee, Director of the Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law (CCCL), participated in the 18th Tsinghua Commercial Law Symposium in Beijing, China.
During October 2018, Dr Naomi Hawkins visited the University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne in Australia to further develop existing research relationships with both institutions.
'Outsider Art' exhibitions often sell out and early pieces from this movement now reach record prices. But who owns the artworks and who is entitled to their royalties?
The Law School is pleased to offer ESRC funded 1+3 or +3 studentships as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership for entry in 2019-20.
India’s Additional Solicitor General met University of Exeter’s legal experts during a visit to discover more about their work.
Professor Michael Schmitt named the Howard S. Levie Professor of Law and Armed Conflict at the War College
Professor Michael Schmitt, who holds a dual-appointment at the University of Exeter Law School and the United States Naval War College, has been named the Howard S. Levie Professor of Law and Armed Conflict at the War College.
Professor Rebecca Probert has won the Society of Legal Scholars' Best Paper Prize for 2018 and has also been made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Dr Joseph Lee, Director of the Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law, hosted an international conference on international commercial contract law in London. The conference focused on the use of new smart technologies and new trade practices in international transactions.
Campaigners trying to stop a Battle of Britain site from being dredged are hoping to launch a new High Court bid to protect archaeological finds and wildlife at the site.
Partnership with Chinese University of Hong Kong to tackle Global Food Security, Climate Change, and Resilience
The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Exeter come together to create the Joint Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Resilience (ENSURE).
Models could make a claim to own the rights to the recording of their sashays and struts they use on the catwalk – and should be able to make more money from their appearances during fashion shows, new legal analysis shows.
Dr Radek Stech was invited to take part in a high-level roundtable on the rapidly growing governance aspects of sustainable finance and securities lending, including securities litigation.
The first meeting of the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations was held at Exeter Law School between 5 and 9 August 2018.
Dr Timothy Dodsworth warns that the new price cap on energy tariffs will have a negative effect on those it is meant to protect
Professor Michael Schmitt has been reappointed to another two-year term on the US Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law.
On Tuesday 4 September 2018, Dr Kubo Mačák gave a talk entitled “Future of Cyberspace Governance: The Role of International Law” at one of the world’s largest cyber security conferences.
Two leading academics at the University of Exeter have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships - one of the most prestigious awards for higher education teaching.
Dr Beduschi presents research on the concept of vulnerability at the Refugee Law Initiative Annual Conference
The conference was held at the School of Advanced Study, University of London on the 18 July 2018. Dr Beduschi questioned whether we are now “beyond the vulnerability hype” and examined whether this concept should be seen as a tool for protection or an instrument of exclusion of migrants and refugees.
Professor Michael Schmitt was recently honored by the War College as its outstanding research scholar for academic year 2017-2018.
Asking ten “critical” questions before embarking on a serious relationship can help couples thrive, according to a new study backed by the prominent divorce lawyer Baroness Fiona Shackleton.
Professor Probert helped Olivia Colman to unravel the story of her great-great-great-great-grandfather Richard Campbell Bazett.
The title of her lecture was The Isolation of Tax Law: An Historical Perspective.
Draft legislation designed to encourage the Government to make the first major changes to divorce legislation
Two members of the Exeter Centre for International Law, Dr Agnieszka Jachec-Neale and Dr Aurel Sari, have joined the Board of Directors of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War.
Earlier this year, Dr Agnieszka Jachec-Neale gave a series of presentations in The Hague on the challenges posed to the concept of lawful targets in armed conflict by the complexities of the modern battlefield.
On 24–25 May 2018, Palacký University in Olomouc, Czechia, hosted an international conference on the theme “Responding to Hybrid Threats by Force: International and National Law Aspects”. Two Exeter academics contributed to the event.
Exeter academics travel to Hong Kong to discuss how to secure sustainable food production in China and the UK.
Exeter academic brings legal expertise to European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats.
The 5th biennial conference of the European Society for Comparative Legal History was held in Paris.
Dutch Government holds Birthday Party for Exeter Professor's Project.
Exeter researcher receives support from the UK-Canada Foundation to undertake research in Canada on the legal protection of performing artists
Dr Mathilde Pavis, lecturer in law at Exeter Law School, has been invited as a visiting scholar by the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) where she will carry out her research in comparative intellectual property law with fellow researchers.
Government Counsellor for the Finnish Ministry of Culture speaks on contemporary copyright issues at Exeter Law School
Counsellor of the Finnish Ministry of Culture explains how a better use of metadata could solve a number of issues in the management of copyright online.
Exeter Law School awards BILETA Prize for best presentation at international Intellectual Property law conference
Exeter Law School supports the next generation of researchers in intellectual property law by welcoming early-career researchers to their second international conference.
Exeter Law School is cementing its position as a global thought leader in international cyber law. Between 21 May and 1 June 2018, two members of the faculty travelled to Tallinn, Estonia, to take part in an annual gathering of global cyber experts in the fields of technology, strategy, policy, and law.
Exeter Law School gathers international experts to discuss the future of artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technologies in intellectual property law.
The Future Challenges for Autonomous Vehicles event took place on June 1st at Reed Hall, Streatham Campus Exeter.
Professor Zhixiong Huang, the Luojia Chair of International Law at Wuhan University in China, visited the Law School in May 2018 to discuss academic collaboration between Exeter and Wuhan.
Report published by the Exeter Centre for International Law on the future of the international legal system.
The influence of the "Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law of Cyber Operations" continues to spread globally.
University of Exeter students have been chosen to work as part of the team building Britain’s newest nuclear power plant.
On Thursday 3rd May, academics from the University of Exeter and Tsinghua University hosted a joint seminar on the subject of takeover law.
The University of Exeter enters into a new Articulation Agreement with Brickfields Asia Collge in Malaysia
The University of Exeter has entered into a new Articulation Agreement with Brickfields Asia College in Malaysia.
19 students from 13 state schools and colleges from across the South West region graduated from the Pathways to Law programme.
Professor Schmitt has been on the road speaking on the hot topics in international law.
Book on Mapping Paths to Family Justice announced as winner of prestigious Hart-SLSA 2018 Book Prize
Anne Barlow and colleagues' book Mapping Paths to Family Justice: Resolving Family Disputes in Neoliberal Times (Palgrave, 2017) was announced as the winner at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference at the University of Bristol.
Discussing data as the new oil of society and its impact on consumer protection.
Space and military law experts from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have joined forces to take the lead on understanding how our Earth-bound laws will be applied in times of armed conflict in outer space.
The University of Exeter Law School has renewed its partnership with Technische Universität Dresden, a long-standing international connection.
The Law School is delighted to offer an annual prize for the exceptional final year LLB student at Exeter Law School. The prize, introduced in 2017, is offered by the leading international law firm, Ashurst.
Teenagers more likely to plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit because they are less able to make mature decisions
Teenagers are more likely to plead guilty to crimes they did not commit because they are less able to make mature decisions, new research shows.
Dr Radek Stech was invited to give a plenary talk at the 7th Annual World Pensions Forum (WPiF)
Professor Mike Schmitt of the Law School hit the road to discuss cyber law policy with key decision makers and the private sector.
Quo vadis, civis Europeus?
Former President of the Supreme Court and University of Exeter student seek to inspire next generation of lawyers
The former President of the Supreme Court and University of Exeter graduate have teamed up to help inspire the next generation to work towards their dream career.
Noel Trew, a doctoral student at the Strategy and Security Institute and Exeter Law School, has recently joined the International Law Department at the British Red Cross’s head office in London. Noel’s research was supervised jointly by Dr Aurel Sari from the Law School and Dr Catarina Thomson from the Politics Department.
Two final year LLB students from the Law School, George Ikonomou and Peter Lung, won a Canadian-themed negotiation competition, hosted by Dentons, the large international law firm, at their London Offices.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Exeter launch an innovative Engineering and Law programme
The programme will enable students who embark on Engineering or Computer Science undergraduate degrees at HKUST to finish the degree at Exeter, before spending a fifth year at Exeter’s Law School, completing either an LLM (Master of Laws) or a Juris Doctor (JD).
Dr Ana Beduschi and Dr Kubo Mačák spent four months as visiting researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.
Dr Rolland contributes to Forum highlighting the international importance of dual legal qualification degree programmes
The Forum des Etudes Supérieures was held at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in London and prestigious French, English, American, Canadian, Swiss, Italian research-led institutions and Universities were represented
Research led by Helena Wray contributed to Home Affairs Committee recommendations that immigration policy should be more sensitive to the rights of families and children.
Research found that around 15,000 children, most of them British citizens, were separated from a parent by the very high income threshold for sponsoring a spouse or partner to come to the UK.
The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) is the largest student-led legal association in the world with over 52,000 members, spread across 44 National ELSA Groups with over 360 Local ELSA Groups.
Experts at University of Exeter hope to expand a pioneering programme designed to help empower people to speak up about sexual and domestic violence.
Anne Barlow and colleagues' book Mapping Paths to Family Justice: Resolving Family Disputes in Neoliberal Times (Palgrave, 2017) has been shortlisted for the prestigious Socio-Legal Studies Association Book Prize 2018.
The first authoritative restatement of the international law applicable to peace operations has been published.
Joasia Luzak contributes to an international project on collective redress mechanisms in environmental and consumer mass harm situations
Enforcing small claims on a mass scale in the Visegrad Group countries.
Exeter Law Professor on speaking tour in Jerusalem and Washington
Visit to the Rennes 1 Law Faculty: 14th November 2017 – 17th November 2017
Universities can play a key role in tackling stereotypical and prejudicial views around the causes of gender-based violence, a new study has suggested.
Dr Charlotte Bishop spoke on domestic violence at Queen’s University, Belfast as part of the UN’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Dr Bishop’s paper explained why it is vital for law and policy in this area to take into account the role of gendered expectations in both sustaining and normalising domestic violence and abuse.
We are delighted to invite applications for John Usher Memorial Fund, which will grant two scholarships to two exceptional students on the LLB with European Study programme.
A University of Exeter professor has received a medal from the President of Estonia for his work on cyber security.
Andrea Wallace, Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter, presented her research on the impact that a claim to copyright in reproductions has on meaningful access to and reuse of the public domain.
As part of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Festival of Social Science (FOSS), Lecturer in Politics, Dr Sarah Cooper hosted an event for engaged local sixth formers and delivered her current research on constructing consent in the courtroom
The Working Group looks at ways to resolve the complex legal position of 'international couples' within the EU when relationships break down or one partner dies.
Professor Chantal Stebbings' latest book 'Tax, Medicines and the Law' is published by Cambridge University Press
Tax and Quacks – how nineteenth-century governments tried to tax quack medicines
University of Exeter law students are helping vulnerable people who are missing out on legal services by providing free information and advice clinics in Devon.
Dr Beduschi spoke at the American Society of International Law Midyear Research Forum in St Louis, USA on 28 October 2017
Dr Ana Beduschi presented her research on the implications of new technologies based on big data analysis for State obligations under international human rights law in the context of international migration.
Two law academics visited to discuss the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill in a mutual exchange of ideas regarding insurance, liability, testing and security.
Professor Chantal Stebbings speaks to HMRC about the impact of tax on the nineteenth century landscape
The talk was part of their Prestigious Speakers Programme.
Divorce law in England and Wales increases conflict and suffering for separating couples and their children
Divorce law in England and Wales is incentivising people to exaggerate claims of ‘behaviour’ or adultery to get a quicker divorce, according to University of Exeter research.
Where and how can one get married in England and Wales, and why is the law here more restrictive than in other jurisdictions?
European nations and their allies must increase their capacity to deal with the legal challenges presented by hybrid warfare.
On 20-22 September 2017, the Exeter Centre for International Law supported the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War, together with the University of Melbourne, in hosting a conference in the beautiful city of Bruges in Belgium.
On 2 October the Human Rights and Democracy Forum was officially launched with an inaugural guest lecture, held at the University of Exeter.
Dr Kubo Mačák spoke at an international conference with the theme “Cyber Security: New Challenges” in Bratislava
A two-day discussion about ways of recording, evaluating and comparing information about deaths following police uses of force around the world.
Dr Dodsworth presented his paper 'A comparative assessment of penalty clauses – a conflict of values?' at the 108th SLS conference in Dublin.
Joel Wish, a current law undergraduate, has recently won a prestigious mentoring award in his final year of studying law at University, in relation to his role of e-mentor on the Pathways to Law programme.
Over the last two years, the law school has developed a flourishing pro bono programme with the creation of the Legal Assistance Programme (LAP).
In his presentation, which was attended by senior Australian jurists, the University leadership, and the general public, he spoke on “Grey Zones in the International Law of Cyberspace".
This prize was introduced this academic year and opened to all students who obtained a final degree result of 65% or more and who could also demonstrate excellent extracurricular non-academic achievements over their entire LLB degree
Experts will debate whether or not the concept of good faith should be part of English contract law, with a senior judge leading calls for such a development.
Dr Joseph Lee of Exeter Law School and Dr Naikuang Huang, Senior Executive Vice President held a seminar investigating the concept of distributed ledger technology and its implication for critical financial market infrastructure (FMI).
PhD student and member of the International Law Forum, presented her research at the Refugee Law Initiative 2nd Annual Conference
Rama Sahtout, a PhD researcher in the Law School has presented her research on ‘temporary refuge in the practice of ‘most affected states’’ at the Senate House, University of London.
Devon cohabiting couples can help experts uncover the secret of finding life-long love by taking part in a University of Exeter research project.
Prof Catherine Dupré co-convened 'Human Dignity and Constitutional Crisis in Europe' conference in Florence.
In the face of multiple and unprecedented challenges to European democracy, an international team of scholars convened at the European University Institute to explore ways out of these crises.
An event of the Academic Committee of the Civil Mediation Council. We would welcome papers on any aspect and discussion of the role of mediation in the civil court process.
Director of the CELS, Joasia Luzak, organised an international symposium "Transparency: where art thou in consumer protection?" on June 27.
The topic of the symposium directly related to the Open Research Area-funded project that Professor Luzak is conducting "The ABC of Online Disclosure Duties: Towards a More Uniform Assessment of the Transparency of Consumer Information in Europe".
Exeter Law School’s Professor Michael Schmitt and Dr. Kubo Mačák were figured prominently at a series of events on cyber security held in Tallinn, Estonia, over the past two weeks.
Professor Catherine Dupré, author of The Age of Dignity, took part in a virtual launch workshop of the Dignity Rights Project at Widener University Delaware Law School on 12 May 2017. Read Professor Dupré’s closing remarks.
Dr Agnieszka Jachec-Neale engaged in teaching on the Advanced Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy course organised by PHAP.
An international coalition of lawyers is to draft the first ever legal manual of space warfare.
Professor Schmitt co-directed a course on the international law of cyber operations for government officials from Central and South America in Santiago, Chile.
The University of Exeter’s best lecturers were recognised by students at the Teaching Awards 2017 on 2 May, and two academic staff in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies were recognised for their contribution to their students’ experience.
29 students from 13 schools and colleges from across the South West region graduated from the Pathways to Law programme.
Dr Jachec-Neale presents at the Second Israel Defence Forces Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict
Dr Agnieszka Jachec-Neale is presenting her research on the targeting of State and political party leaders and infrastructure related to leadership during armed conflict at the second International Israel Defence Forces Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict.
The University of Exeter and Tsinghua Law Schools are organising a joint workshop gathering together experts on takeover law. The workshop will be hosted at Tsinghua Law School on Sunday 20 May.
We are delighted to introduce a new annual prize for the exceptional final year LLB student at Exeter Law School. The prize is offered by the leading international law firm, Ashurst.
Outdated divorce law is causing needlessly painful and destructive breakups and exacerbating conflict between couples, a major new study has found.
Dr Beduschi presented her research findings at the Refugee Studies Centre 2017 Conference at the University of Oxford
Dr Ana Beduschi presented her research on the legal implications of the use of the concept of vulnerability by human rights courts for the protection of migrant children's rights.
Unique collaborative mooting event hosted by the University of Exeter brought together students from the University of Graz in Austria and students from Petroc College.
James Gould, a PhD researcher in the School of Law, was invited to an intensive seminar series, organised by the editors of the American Journal of Jurisprudence.
Eminent judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss shared fascinating insights into her long legal career and current work debating Brexit in the House of Lords during a visit to the University of Exeter.
Dr Beduschi presents her research on vulnerability of migrant children at the Senate House in London
Dr Ana Beduschi (Law) and Professor Huw Williams (Neuropsychology) led a roundtable of experts on vulnerability, adversity and trauma of migrant children and young refugees at the Senate House in London on the 9th March 2017.
Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations was launched by Exeter Law School Professor Mike Schmitt during a global tour in February.
First meeting of MILAMOS project on international law and military uses of outer space held in Adelaide
Two Exeter academics were among the international group of experts at the workshop between 19 and 23 February 2017.
Professor Luzak presents at the Conference on Research in Private and Market Law - Challenges for the 21st Century
City University of Hong Kong organises an international conference to accompany the meeting of editors of two prominent journals on European private law.
Charlotte Werner is one of a handful of finalists for Future Legal Mind 2017, a national award for UK undergraduate law students, set up in 2014 to recognise young legal talent.
The Law School are delighted that Professor Cynthia Bowman from Cornell Law School has joined us as a Visiting Professor until May 2017
The first comprehensive guide covering the legal rules of behaviour in cyberspace, which will be used by governments around the world, has been published by a University of Exeter academic.
A University of Exeter expert has been honoured by the Estonian Government for his pioneering work in international law.
Prominent divorce lawyer Baroness Shackleton is funding new University of Exeter research which could help uncover the secret of finding life-long love.
Aid workers in refugee camps and shelters in Greece are receiving legal training to help keep migrant children safe thanks to an expert from the University of Exeter.
On 19 January, Professor Mike Schmitt spoke on international law of cyber operation to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller, and the North Atlantic Council (NAC).
On Friday 16 December 2016, an Irish doctor was cleared of killing her profoundly disabled daughter. Dr McCann gives his views on the case.
At the event in December 2016, the team successfully demonstrated their 3DP licensing system, for which there was widespread support
Dr Joseph Lee recently presented a specialist report on intra-corporate dispute arbitration at the ICC Forum held in Brussels.
Professor Anne Barlow talked about the aims of the project on BBC Spotlight and Radio Devon.
At the recent Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology (September 2017), Christine Bicknell delivered a presentation in which she mapped the complexity of prison oversight in Europe.
On 27 January 2017 Dr Jess Duggan-Larkin presented a paper on human rights and the international action of states at a University of Sussex conference on Challenging Human Rights Disenchantment.
The South, West and Wales AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW AHRC DTP) offers up to 60 doctoral studentships for entry in September 2018, including in the field of law.
The Human Rights and Democracy Forum hosted prominent Icelandic constitutional law expert, Ágúst Thór Árnason, University of Akureyri, for a three day visit in November.
Student run project, Women & Law Exeter welcomes progressive working culture demonstrated by visiting firm Herbert Smith Freehills.
Students heard about the Women Trainee Lawyers' Network and were able to raise questions to the panel.
Congratulations to John Pearce and to Yiu Yu Butt, who have both completed their PhDs under the supervision of Professor Chantal Stebbings and successfully passed their vivas.
Catherine Dupré reflects on the loss of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights as a result of Brexit and its consequences for human rights protection in the UK.
This workshop was an opportunity to factor in different perspectives on cross-border litigation and Brexit, and draw together key insights.
Dr Charlotte Bishop, lecturer and researcher, talks about her experiences as a female academic and single parent, and how her personal experiences resonate with her understanding of the masculine bias of the law.
We were delighted to catch up with Jess & Tara, Co-Presidents of the student project Women and Law and hear about their experiences and hopes for the future.
‘Balance for Better’ in the workplace: an alumna’s experience of working in the Financial Law Division of the European Central Bank
German based alumna Martina Bender (LLM European Legal Studies 1998), senior legal counsel in the Financial Law Division of the European Central Bank, reflects on the value of balance in the workplace.
Alumna Emma Cross, (LLB 2014, Masters 2015) a barrister with Devon Chambers reports on the aims challenges and activities of The Western Circuit Women’s Forum.
Senior Lecturer, Director of Clinical Legal Education Tia Matt shares how she has enjoyed creating and choosing her own pathway, including establishing a flourishing pro bono clinic programme at the university.
Alumna Lindy Stephens (Law 1992) In House Senior Lawyer in a Children’s Legal Team, reflects how redundancy from her role as a partner in a solicitors firm and an out of the blue approach by a recruitment agent to cover staff shortages at Plymouth City Council has led her to the most rewarding professional role she has ever had.