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We look forward to meeting all of our new law students for their induction week...
Posted by Site Admin on 17 Sep at 9:05pm
Check out this year's upcoming events from City Careers, as well as the Law Fair guide - so you can start planning who you want to visit on 19th October (and preparing your questions).
Posted by Site Admin on 23 Sep at 8:58am

The schedule of lunchtime study skills workshops from City's Learning Enhancement and Development team are now available.

No need to book, but they are likely to be popular, so get there early...

Find the full listings and put dates in your diary.

Posted by Site Admin on 17 Sep at 8:41pm

Kristina Voronenko is the Lexis Student Associate for this academic year. If you would like a hand getting to grips with the basics, or would like a deeper understanding of the advanced features, get in touch. She can help on a 1-2-1 or small group basis.

Posted by Site Admin on 4 Sep at 8:53am

The Library has negotiated for you to be able to access current content from the Financial Times online, as well as The Economist.

See the post on Lawbore blog: Need to boost your commercial awareness? for full access details.

Posted by Site Admin on 5 Oct at 10:56am

Wifi printing is now available across all sites, enabling students to print from laptop computers, iPads as long as they're connected to City's wi-fi network.

Go here to upload files or documents to be sent to their chosen printers. All networked printers are available from the menu.

Posted by Site Admin on 5 Oct at 10:53am

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Upcoming Law Events

In the Brexit referendum of 23 June 2016, England and Wales voted to leave the EU, while Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain. Following that, there has been a debate about how it would be possible to achieve the continuing EU presence of the UK constituent nations that do not want to be taken out against their will. This paper explores two pathways for Scotland and Northern Ireland to remain in the EU.

Speaker: Dr Nikos Skoutaris, University of East Anglia

Time: 1-3pm

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The issue of housing has never been more politicised in Britain than it is today. Policy-makers, journalists, academics and government officials openly speak about the ongoing 'Housing Crisis' - while the aspiration of home ownership for the 'millennial' generation seems increasingly out of reach.

The City Law School in collaboration with Planning Futures are delighted to present Can Law Solve the Housing Crisis, which event examines the role of the law in facilitating a more forward-thinking housing policy, with an expert panel exploring the potential for compulsory purchase orders within a progressive house-building policy.

Organisers: Dr Luke McDonagh (City Law School) & Cian Bryan (Planning Futures)

Chair: Ruth Cadbury (Labour MP for Brentford and Isleworth)


· Simon Ricketts (Partner at King and Wood Mallesons)

· Greg Dickson (Assistant Director, Turley)

· Mike Kiely (Chair of the Planning Officers Society)

The seminar will be followed with a wine reception

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IALS Law Reform Project Workshop.

Time: 14:00-17:15

Full details available on IALS website

Part of LSE Events programme - Diplomats, academics and politicans debate the future of Europe. Featuring Sylvie Bermann (Ambassador of France to the UK), Tony Giddens (member of the House of Lords) and Margaret MacMillan (Professor of History at University of Oxford).

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The City Law School, in conjunction with The ADR Forum of the Centre for the Study of Legal Professional Practice present Professor Susan Blake's inaugural lecture, "The contractual basis for Alternative Dispute Resolution: a platform for party autonomy or the privatisation of justice?"

The use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is growing rapidly. Based on the principles of contract law, options such as arbitration and mediation allow parties to control the process through which a civil dispute is resolved in a flexible way. Party autonomy is highly valued, not only in relation to resolving commercial disputes, but across a range of legal areas. In the modern world there may be attractions in shifting from an adversarial system towards one that gives more control to those who are involved in disputes, and contractual principles provide a sound basis for this.

However, problems with the shift towards ADR have been identified by a range of commentators, for example as regards the need to protect the public development of precedent in the common law system. This lecture raises further questions about the interface between litigation and ADR - how can we best balance party autonomy and the development of an effective framework of legal rights as we move towards a world where legal disputes may increasingly be resolved online, while higher value disputes may be settled by private agreement?

Time: 18:00 for 18:30 lecture start

Venue: City Law School, Atkin Building, Grays Inn Place

Register to attend

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This clinic is for those on the part-time BPTC.

Time: 4.30-7pm

Location: 24 Princeton Street

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Landmark Chambers - Open evening
Landmark Chambers are holding an open evening, which will begin at 6pm, to allow prospective pupillage candidates to learn more about Chambers, attend brief talks by practitioners in each of Landmark's fields of expertise and gain some insight into pupillage at Landmark. They will be reserving 15 spaces per institution and they will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit the Landmark Chamber website for a copy of the programme.

If you would like to reserve a space, please send the following details to

  • Your full name and email address
  • Your GDL/BPTC provider
  • Whether you are a full-time or part-time student

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Speaker: The Hon Justice Weinberg, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia

Time: 12:30

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Biography: Biography: Following a successful career at the Bar, in October 2004, Dame Linda became the first non-white high court judge in the UK. At the Bar she was a member of, and chaired, a number of different committees, including the Race Relations, Equal Opportunities, Professional Conduct and Professional Standard Committees. In 2003 she became the Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association where she formed an equality and

diversity sub-committee. Whilst on the Bench she was the Senior Liaison Judge for Diversity, Chair of the Magisterial Committee of the Judicial Studies Board and Chair of the International Committee of the Judicial College. Dame Linda is a contributing and consultant editor to a number of legal publications and has been involved in the training of lawyers and judges both in the UK and internationally for over 20 years. She holds 5 honorary doctorates; she is a Fellow of the Judicial College; a member of the Court of Governors at the London School of Economics where she chairs its

Ethics Policy Committee. She is a patron of a number of charities (including two in Sierra Leone and two in South Africa) and she sits on a number of advisory committees. She has been named in the past as one of Britain's most powerful black women and one of the 100 Great Black Britons and she has featured regularly in the Power 100 List of Influential Black Britons. In 2013 Dame Linda stepped down from the Bench to pursue her various interests, including training of judges and lawyers internationally (in particular, in the Caribbean and Africa), and commercial mediation. She also works with the charities she is connected to which includes work on diversity.

Location: Atkin Building, City law School, Gray's Inn Place

Time: 5:30 for 6pm start

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Garden Court Chambers is holding an Open Day for prospective pupils on Saturday 5 November, intended to provide an introduction to chambers and the pupillage process at Garden Court.

Find out more via the chambers website.

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Gresham College lecture - free to attend (but on a first-come, first-served basis)...

Speaker: Gresham College Professor of Law and barrister, Professor Jo Delahunty QC.

When should intervention take place to safeguard a child? Areas where harm may arise include children at risk of being radicalised; parents promoting terrorism; or planning or being groomed to travel to Syria (with or without their parents). But removal is not a 'risk free' option since it may appear to be victimisation; reinforce a perception of 'them and us'; or radicalise those who were previously uninvolved. Emerging law and practice in this area will be examined.

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A talk and Q & A, with the authors of the excellent 'The Path to Pupillage', Georgina Wolfe, 5 Essex Court & Alexander Robson, Littleton Chambers

Time: 6-7.15pm

Location: Lecture Theatre, Atkin Building, City Law School

[External Link]

This session will cover:

  • Finding information about chambers
  • Researching individuals
  • Social media tools
  • Current awareness
  • Your 'Digital Footprint'
Time: 6-7pm

[External Link]

This session will cover:

  • Finding information about chambers
  • Researching individuals
  • Social media tools
  • Current awareness
  • Your 'Digital Footprint'
Time: 6-7pm

[External Link]

Speaker: Professor Sir Alan Dashwood, City, University of London

Time: 1-3pm

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One of UCL's lunch time lectures - Dr Jeffrey Howard explains how the criminal justice system might be transformed.

Time: 1.15-1.55

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Part of the LSE Events programme - featuring:

  • Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law (LSE)
  • Steve Peers, Professor of Law (University of Essex)
  • Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Professor of European and Human Rights Law (University of Oxford)

Prof Gearty will be launching his latest book at the event and asking if there is any place for human rights in post-Brexit Britain.

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Panel Event with Barristers from a selection of Chambers and Pupillage Committees.

Drinks and Nibbles to be served.

Starts at 6.15pm and ends at 7.30pm.

Location: Student Common Room, Atkin Building, City Law School

[External Link]

Gresham College lectures are free to all - entry is on a first-come, first served basis.

Speaker: Professor Jo Delahunty QC, Barrister specialising in cases involving families and children.

This lecture will explore and explain the difference in outcomes between cases in Crime and Care, considering the framework of 'Beyond reasonable doubt' versus 'the balance of probabilities' and the concept of the judge's role to determine the law and the jury the facts, as against the idea that the judge determines all. Rules on disclosure, hearsay, use of expert witnesses, and time scales in court will be examined to consider why a Not Guilty verdict in Crime may not be enough, in some cases, to resume being a parent.

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Gresham College lectures are free but entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Speaker: Joshua Rozenberg QC (hon)

Early in 2016, the criminal and civil courts of England and Wales embarked on a modernisation programme aimed at reforming procedures that have survived for centuries. The judges themselves are helping to design the computerised courts of the future. New software will empower litigants to bring and defend cases without the need for lawyers. Judges will be able to decide cases whenever and wherever they choose to open their laptops. But will justice suffer? What if you cannot manage the technology? What if your opponent but not yourself can afford legal advice? Will the courts continue to deliver justice? Might your dispute be decided by a computer? In the first of a series of three annual lectures, the reforms will be monitored as they are planned, tested and launched. Will this project be an IT disaster? Or will it demonstrate that online justice can be just as good as the courts that have served us for hundreds of years. I can't wait for this one!

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Part of the LSE Events programnme, featuring a conversation between Philippe Sands (Professor of Law at UCL and international lawyer) and Gerry Simpson (Professor and Chair in International Public Law, LSE).

Prof Sands will discuss his latest book East West Street that explores the creation of world-changing legal concepts following the unprecedented atrocities of Hitler's Third Reich.

[External Link]

Panel discussion featuring Ken Adams, a US-based lawyer, consultant and speaker - author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (3rd ed, 2013 ABA). According to Ken, international authority on the building blocks of contract language, scratch the surface and you'll find dysfunction.

Traditional contract drafting largely relies on casual copying of precedent, buttressed by flimsy conventional wisdom. In England in particular, courts are prone to offering unjustifiable distinctions in contract terminology that English law firms are only too willing to endorse. And using copy-and-paste to create contracts is slow and inefficient. For a summary of Ken's views, see this item in The Lawyer.

The panel will be moderated by Mark Anderson (visiting Prof at UCL), with a panel including The Honourable Mr Justice Flaux, Kate Gibbons (Partner at Clifford Chance) and Kristin McFetridge (Chief Counsel for BT).

Event is free but register to attend!

[External Link]

Speakers will offer an original perspective on the way in which information and data interact with legal rights and principles relating to free expression, privacy, data protection, reputation, copyright, national security, anti-discrimination and open justice.

Speakers include, among many others: Professor Ellen P. Goodman, Rutgers Law School, on freedom of information; Dr Vigjilenca Abazi, Maastricht University, on whistleblowing protection in Europe; Professor Ewan Sutherland, Wits University, on wire-tapping in the regulatory state; Dr David Rolph, University of Sydney, on the liability of search engines in defamation; and Professor Gavin Phillipson, University of Durham, on online privacy cases.

We will be considering topics such as internet intermediary liability, investigatory and surveillance powers, media regulation, freedom of information, defamation and privacy, the EU General Data Protection Regulation, and whistleblower protection.

Time: 11am-5pm

Free event! More info via IALS website

[External Link]

This keynote lecture is to be given by Rosemary Jay, senior consultant attorney at Hunton & Williams and author of Sweet & Maxwell's Data Protection Law & Practice.

Her lecture, 'Heads and shoulders, knees and toes (eyes and ears and mouth and nose…)', will consider the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on use of biometrics.

Biometrics are touted as one of the next big things in the connected world. Specific reference to biometrics and genetic data has been included for the first time in the General Data Protection Regulation. How does this affect existing provisions? Will the impact of the Regulation be to encourage or to restrict the development of biometric technology? The lecture will be chaired by Professor Lorna Woods, a specialist in data protection and information law at the University of Essex.

Time: 6-7:30pm

More info and signup

[External Link]

Speaker: Justice Mark Weinberg, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia

Time: 18:00

[External Link]

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of European Laws (ISEL) and the International Legal and Global Affairs Group (ILAG).

Negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union were concluded in August 2014. Eliminating all customs duties on industrial goods and substantially reducing those on agricultural products, the CETA is expected to save almost a billion euros per year for European exporters and generate thousands of jobs. CETA's investment chapter offers an innovative but controversial mechanism of dispute resolution, the Investment Court System, which has been presented as a model for investment treaties in the future. With provisions on government procurement and regulatory cooperation, CETA is poised to contribute to massive economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet ongoing political unrest including that associated with the UK's departure from the EU, along with widespread popular resistance to globalization jeopardizes the ratification of the treaty in EU member states. CETA's future is uncertain and many of its benefits may not materialize.

Speaker: Christophe Bondy, Partner, Volterra Fietta

Speaker: Dr Elaine Fahey, The City Law School, City, University of London

Speaker: Mark Richardson, Senior Trade Commission, High Commission of Canada

Chair: Professor David Collins, The City Law School, City, University of London

The event will be followed by a wine reception.

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This paper will analyse the extent to which it might be legally possible for the UK to cherry pick bits and pieces of the internal market, and in particular whether the free movement of services can be severed from the other internal market freedoms.

Speaker: Professor Eleanor Spaventa, Durham University

Time: 1-3pm

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Gresham College lecture - free to attend on first-come, first served basis.

Speaker: Bostjan M. Zupancic. Judge at the ECHR.

The European Court of Human Rights has been at the crossroads of two legal civilizations: the Continental Civil Law on the one hand and the British Common Law on the other. The common-law construction with its analogical reasoning is based on the formula that 'the like cases should to be decided alike'. This legal tradition is more open-textured than the logical reasoning in the Continental legal system. Also, Continental judges are, since Montesquieu, thought of as merely 'les bouches de la loi' - bound to derive their judgements from an abstract normative major premise. Here we have yet again two different approaches to reality.

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The 2016 Hamlyn Lectures are being given by Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand.

Chair: The Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC

Time: 18:00-19:00

Location: Old Hall, Lincoln's Inn

Full details on IALS website.

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Come along to the annual Student Careers information evening with the UKELA. It is being hosted by the chambers of Francis Taylor Building in central London on 23 November from 6pm.

It is an excellent opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing a career in environmental law to ask any questions they may have about career paths of our wide range of advisers. UKELA are delighted to have representatives from private practice solicitors, barristers, government departments, NGOs and consultancies.

Be sure to reserve your place by email.

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Database Support Materials

i-law is THE database for those interested in maritime and commercial law. At City we subscribe to the Maritime and Insurance & Reinsurance modules.

Prime resources include Lloyds Law Reports and the Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly.

This database requires an individual username and password - ask your library for this.

Need extra help? Check out the guide and videos.

Lexis is an immense database with access to cases, legislation and journal articles. Practitioner texts are also available, including Blackstones Criminal Practice, Lester & Pannick: Human Rights Law and Practice, Paget's Law of Banking, Whish: Competition Law amongst 149 others.

You can also access really monster Lexis publications - Halsbury's Laws (the legal encyclopedia) and Halsbury's Statutes amongst them.

Law report-wise you can find many key series in LNB: All England Law Reports (All ER), The Law Reports (AC, QB, Ch etc), Times Law Reports (TLR) amongst others.

Access using your IT username and password.

Need extra help? Kristina Voronenko is your LexisNexis Student Associate and can provide online research support to students and staff.

Westlaw is a huge database containing cases, legislation and journal articles. Searching for cases within Westlaw is a joy, particularly thanks to the Case Analysis function. This cool tool almost does your research for you, listing lots of extra stuff about a case; its history, where its been cited subsequently and, best of all, all the journal articles which talk about your case.

Law report series included in Westlaw include the Weekly Law Reports (WLR), The Law Reports (AC, QB, Ch etc), Fleet Street Reports (FSR), Common Market Law Reports (CMLR) and Housing Law Reports amongst others.

The journal collection is admirable; including the Conveyancer (Conv), Criminal Law Review (Crim L.R.), European Law Review (E.L.Rev), Law Quarterly Review (LQR), Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (OJLS) and Public Law (P.L.) as well as loads more...

HeinOnline is an American database which offers access to a huge number of journals. Unlike Lexis or Westlaw it generally offers full coverage of journal titles, ie. from volume 1, issue 1.

It offers a wide selection of American Journals with extensive coverage, eg. Harvard Law Review (1887-), Yale Law Journal (1891-).

Its collection of English journals is growing and key ones to remember are as follows: Cambridge Law Journal (1921-), Industrial Law Journal (1972-1997), International and Comparative Law Quarterly (1952-), Law Quarterly Review (1885-), Legal Studies (1981-)

Access using your IT username and password.

There's a Hein App now too -

All databases require a City Law School student account for access. If you have trouble using a database, please email the Law Library or use the helpdesk form.

Electronic Journals, Reports and Texts

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All the e-journals, reports and texts available to City Law School students are collected on our separate E-texts Library where they are freely searchable and sortable according to many different categories and keywords.

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