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The City Law School is offering free, confidential and independent legal advice sessions on civil law matters to the local community. Students will work with qualified lawyers to provide guidance on issues such as: small claims, personal injury, consumer, employment and landlord/tenant.

Take a look at the full post on Future Lawyer for details on how to book.

Posted by Emily on Fri 20 Oct, 2017

Sign up for the internal mooting competitions! Full information about this opportunity available via the Mooting HQ site on Lawbore or direct links to signup here:

GDL Moot

City Scholars Moot (for LLB/GELLB)

Posted by Emily on Fri 20 Oct, 2017
Hello! My name is Manal Samad and I am your Westlaw UK and Lawtel representative on campus. I will be organising clinics and certification courses throughout the academic year. If you have any questions you could either find me at my drop in sessions, held every Tuesday from 15:00 - 16:00 (room to be confirmed), or send me an email at
Posted by Emily on Wed 4 Oct, 2017

Take a look at the huge range of workshops being provided by City's Learning Enhancement & Development (LEaD) Team this term- critical thinking, digital literacy, note-taking, understanding marking criteria, mind mapping, dissertation and essay writing...and MUCH MORE!

Posted by Emily on Sun 1 Oct, 2017

Those of you wanting to improve your commercial awareness will know that the Financial Times is a useful tool for this.

Those of you who already have an account with will now need to re-register.

If you're new to City and would like to register for an account, please follow the info provided via the library website.

Posted by Emily on Thu 14 Sep, 2017

Have a look at some recommendations for aspiring lawyers!

Legal Cheek's shortlist

Martin Partington's Top 10

The Guardian selection

Posted by Emily on Mon 4 Sep, 2017
Read all about the Sconul Access scheme via the City Library Services website.
Posted by Emily on Mon 4 Sep, 2017

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Upcoming Law Events

The Dickson Poon School of Law 43rd Annual Lecture is given by Mrs Danielle Nouy, Chair of the Supervisory Board, European Central Bank.


Edmond Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, Kings College London

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The 2017 annual lecture, will be delivered by Max Hill QC who will be talking about his work as Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. The lecture is open to the general public but JUSTICE members and Friends will be given priority booking. The lecture will be followed by drinks and canapes.

JUSTICE members will get priority booking for the lecture, which begins at 6.30pm.

Location: Shearman & Sterling LLP, 9 Appold St, London EC2A 2AP.

Be sure to reserve your ticket in advance.

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Sarah Gale considers the evolving interrelationship between defamation actions and misuse of private information actions. Cases analyse whether the same set of facts might give rise to parallel actions.

In comparing the two actions, the Ms Gale considers that privacy actions are tortious rather than equitable.

Free but book to attend.

Location: AG11, City, University of London, Northampton Square, London

Time: 1pm

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In her inaugural lecture Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, will examine regions, market building and labour law in the European Union and the African Union. The lecture interrogates the role of labour law and labour market institutions as part of an array of adjustment mechanisms responding to the liberalisation of trade and the opening of national borders: to what extent can social rights mediate the operation of markets, and what does this mean viewed from the perspective of developing countries as well as industrialised ones.

Time: 17:30-19:00

Venue: IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Event is free but booking required

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In this paper, Professor Phillipson leaves aside the doctrinal arguments in Miller and instead considers the legal dispute through the lens of the underlying argument between legal and political constitutionalists over the judicial role and the extent of judicial power in the contemporary constitution.

Time: 18.00 - 20.00

Venue: A110, College Building, Northampton Square, EC1R 0HB

Book to reserve your place!

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Andrea Coomber, JUSTICE Director and Rachel Jones, our Civil Justice lawyer will be speaking at this conference presented by the IBA Law Students and the European Law Students' Association (ELSA). The IBA-ELSA Law Students' Conference brings together students from all levels of their legal training to engage in sessions covering substantive legal theory as well as informative vocational panels.

Topics will include:

  • The history and overview of international human rights bodies
  • The Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights
  • Death Penalty and International human rights Law
  • International human rights bodies
  • Environmental law and human rights
  • Women and international human rights
  • International human rights law and terrorism

There is a fee to attend this conference, please visit the event pages and click on 'fees' to find out more.

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Wed 8 November, 2017

This offers 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. We are delighted to have representatives from private practice solicitors, barristers, government departments, NGOs and consultancies.

Event is free to attend but you must register in advance.

Location: Francis Taylor Building

Time: 6pm

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Mon 13 November, 2017

Speaker:Sir John Laws

Former Lord Justice of Appeal (1999 to 2016). He is the current Goodhart Visiting Professor of Legal Science at the University of Cambridge, and an Honorary Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge.

Organised in association with the Statute Law Society

Time: 18:00-19:00

Venue: IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Event is free but booking required

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The Victims Directive was adopted in 2012, to be implemented in all Member States by November 2015. This seminar will discuss the findings to date of a project headed by Dr Maria Mousmouti (CECL) funded by the EU Commission, Developing Directive - compatible practices for the identification, assessment and referral of victims". The recent initiative by Supporting Justice of the 'Victims Choice Quality Mark' to assess victim care services will also be discussed. This provides quality assessment based on compliance with five 'victim care standard' developed by Supporting Justice: access; needs; valued; safety and support.

Organised with the European Criminal Law Association (UK)

Chair: Professor John Spencer, University of Cambridge


Dr Andrea Ryan,University of Limerick

Dr Maria Mousmouti, Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Rhiannon Evans, Supporting Justice

Sara Chrzanowska, DG Justice, Procedural Criminal Law unit Victims Team

Time: 14:30-18:00

Venue: IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Event is free but booking is required

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Wed 15 November, 2017

Speaker: Professor Andrew Burrows, MA, BCL, LLM (Harvard), QC (Hon), FBA, DCL, Barrister and Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple, Professor of the Law of England and Fellow of All Souls, University of Oxford.

How might we improve the quality of our statutes? In this lecture, and drawing on the experience of having been a Law Commissioner for England and Wales, a number of different avenues are explored. These include the style of statutory drafting, the role of Parliamentary Counsel, pre- and post-legislative scrutiny, and the work of the Law Commission in respect of consolidation and statute law repeals.

Time: 18:00-19:00

Venue: IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Event is free but booking required

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Robin Sellers QEB and City Law School will take participants through tips on how to carry out bail apps and pleas in mitigation.

Time: 10.30-12

Estanis Bouza-Ortin from the City Careers Service will run through advice for the competency-based questions in interview.

Time: 2.30-3.30

Location TBC

What role do children play in the family trial? The case concerns their future: how is their voice heard? What happens if they hold the key to the issues before the court? Should they give evidence, hear evidence? Should they meet the judge deciding their futures? How does the court reduce the risk that the trial experience itself harms the child it is seeking to protect? In this lecture I will explore whether the family court system is t for purpose when it comes to dealing with the children at the heart of its deliberations. Speaker: Jo Delahunty QC

Time: 6pm

Location: St Barnard's Inn Hall

No charge for entry and no advance booking, but it is first-come, first served on arrival.

For venue information see the Gresham College website.

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David Gilchrist from the City Careers Service talks through alternative careers if you've decided pupillage is not for you.

Time: 10.30-12

Location TBC

Who does the story belong to: the family or society? Where and how are the lines drawn? Until relatively recently the Family Court door was closed to all save the parties and professionals involved in the case. A 2014 initiative aimed to secure an immediate and significant change in practice to usher in greater understanding of the way in which the courts operate. The aim was to improve public awareness of the court process and to increase confidence in its actions. Transparency was the watch word of the day. Has it worked?

Speaker: Jo Delahunty QC

Time: 6pm

Location: St Barnard's Inn Hall

No charge for entry and no advance booking, but it is first-come, first served on arrival.

For venue information see the Gresham College website

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Key speakers, chairs, and discussants at the Annual Conference will provide a range of national and international legal insights and perspectives from the UK, Israel,Australia, and Europe, and will include:

  • Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, Film-maker, Member of The Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying, and Founder of 5Rights
  • Anna Morgan, Head of Legal,Deputy Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland;
  • Lisa Atkinson, Group Manager on Policy Engagement, Information Commissioner's Office
  • Renate Samson, Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch;
  • Graham Smith, Bird & Bird LLP, Solicitor and leading expert in UK Internet Law;
  • John Carr OBE, Member of the Executive Board of the UK Council on Child Internet Safety
  • Professor Ian Walden, Head of the Institute of Computer and Communication Law, Queen Mary, University of London;
  • Vladlena Benson, Academic Relations and Research Director at ISACA LC and Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of West London

Time: 9:30-17:30

Venue: IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Event is free but registration is essential

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This event will focus on the implications posed by the increasingly significant role of artificial intelligence (AI) in society and the possible ways in which humans will co-exist with AI in future, particularly the impact that this interaction will have on our liberty, privacy, and agency. Will the benefits of AI only be achieved at the expense of these human rights and values? Do current laws, ethics, or technologies offer any guidance with respect to how we should navigate this future society?

Venue: IALS, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Time: 17:30-19:30

Event is free but booking required

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Barristers from Hardwicke Chambers give their top tips on how to handle this tricky part of the interview.

Time: 6.15pm

Location: Atkin Building Lecture Theatre

Rob Robson gives this useful talk on how to carry out research for your interviews. More info to follow.

Time: 10:30

Tue 28 November, 2017

This Old Bailey tour company hosts an evening of talks from 3 speakers: a criminal barrister, a former Chief Constable and a businessman who found himself at the centre of a multi-million police operation.

Email to book your place.

Time: 6-8pm

Location: St Mary Moorfields, 4-5 Eldon St, London EC2M 7LS

Cost: £35 for students

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Studies of procedural in-court judicial discretion have highlighted a dilemma between the imperative to reduce it owing to its potential misuse and preserve it owing to its importance in protecting vulnerable groups. This article offers a new framework with which to enter this debate and new quantitative empirical evidence that favours the former position over the latter.

Time: 13.00 - 15.00

Venue: BLG08, University Building, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

Book your place in advance!

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Fri 1 December, 2017

Conference and Annual Lecture celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies

Annual Lecture to be given by Elizabeth Gaardiner, UK Parliamentary Counsel on Legislative Aspects of Brexit

Conference speakers to include: Professor Helen Xanthaki; Dr Constantin Stefanou; Stephen Laws; Richard Nzerem.

Further details to be announced

Time: 10:00-19:00

Booking required but not yet open!

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A panel including barristers from 5 Essex Court, Landmark, 2 Temple Gardens, Henderson, Cloisters and Hardwicke will take participants through how to complete the gateway form.

Time: 6.15pm

Location: Student Common Room

Sat 3 February, 2018
At the moment we just have a date confirmed! More on this conference as we get closer to the end of 2017...In the meantime here's what happened last year!

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Practitioners from 5 Essex Court, Landmark, 2 Temple Gardens, One Essex Court, Garden Court and Cloisters will be on hand to talk you through how to perform in pupillage interviews.

Time: 6.15pm

Location: Student Common Room


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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-)

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