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Mrs Kate Holtaway

Senior Lecturer

Stella Turk Building G2:05


Kate has been working with Exeter since 2009, following a number of years working in the legal profession as a qualified solicitor. Her practical experience includes business acquisitions and disposals, landlord property portfolio management and leasehold negotiation. Kate’s research and teaching interests include environmental law, business, creativity in the communication of global issues and the achievement of sustainable development.

Kate is dedicated to innovation and interdisciplinarity in teaching and scholarship, using her experience in practice to embed key transferable skills throughout her work. Refering to her professional training makes Kate well placed to teach students in: public speaking, advocacy, negotiation, letter and opinion writing, and the interpersonal skills necessary in building rapport with clients. Embedding the skills inherent in a legal career into the design and delivery of the programmes, strives to ensure our graduates, whatever their ambitions, are as employable as possible.

Kate is committed to enhancing the student experience by incorporating field and work experience into her teaching. She has developed a range of pro-bono opportunities for students enabling them to gain invaluable experience working in the community. Currently, Kate is working in conjunction with the Dracaena Centre in Falmouth and The Legal Advice Centre in London to offer free legal support for litigants in person at Truro Combined Court.

Kate has worked on the development of a range of programmes at the University of Exeter in Law, Environmental Science, Heritage, Science and Technology. Kate has been the programme lead with Exeter on core components of the LLB (Hons) degree in law including Land Law, Trusts and Tort and has experience teaching across a range of other modules. Kate was responsible for the design of the Law and Business programmes for Exeter, and also the Flexible Combined Honours pathway in law which are unique to our Cornwall Campus.

Alongside the Law School, Kate also delivers modules to the Business School (BEP2080- Legal Foundations for Business) and Flexible Combined Honours (FCH2000C- Sustainability- Communicating Global Issues).

• Qualified Solicitor (Specialisms: business acquisitions and disposals, property portfolio management and corporate support)
• LPC- Guildford College of Law
• MSc Sustainable Development- University of Exeter
• LLB (Hons)- Southampton University

Professional Memberships
• Member of the Law Society
• Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
• Committee Member of Cornwall Law Society

Research interests

Kate’s previous research has included topics of:
• Environmental justice
• Use of fieldwork in learning for sustainability
• Encouragement of pro-environmental behaviour
• Energy policy
• Impact of climate change on heritage assets

Research supervision

Kate has supervised a number of undergraduate and masters level dissertations on the following topics:
• Land law
• Planning
• Environmental law
• Environmental Impact Assessment
• Business Law
• Sustainability
• Encouraging pro-environmental behaviour
• Impact of Brexit on environmental law and policy


Other information

Kate's Legal Hero

Polly Higgins

15 years ago Polly asked what would it take to create a legal duty to care for the Earth? This question lead her to abandon her courtroom career and embark on a quest to establish an international crime of Ecocide. This lead her to submit a proposal to the United Nations for a crime of Ecocide. Sadly Polly died earlier this year, with so many years of inspirational work ahead of her. She had already set the stage for the fundamental changes in International law needed to respond to the Climate emergency we face.

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