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Finding things tough and need a listening ear?

Life as a law student can be tough at times…..

If you are finding things difficult and would like to talk to someone, your Student Welfare Officer, Su Cassidy will be available in A221 (College Building second floor, near spiral staircase) at the following times:

Tuesdays           1.00-3.00 pm

Wednesdays      2.00-4.00 pm

Fridays               10.00 am-12.00

You can book an appointment with Su at another time or at Gray’s Inn Place by emailing cls.support@city.ac.uk

Law School news posted by Emily on Sun 25 Nov, 2018

Accessing the FT online

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 ft.com will now need to re-register.

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

Law School news posted by Emily on Thu 14 Sep, 2017

Need to use another library to find materials?

Read all about the Sconul Access scheme via the City Library Services website.

Law School news posted by Emily on Mon 4 Sep, 2017
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Lawbore Legal Events Calendar

  • Calendar event

    What's next for British Democracy?

    9th December 2019

    9th December 2019
    What's next for British Democracy?

    Event Time:
    6:30-8pm
    Venue:
    Centre for Commercial law Studies
    67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields
    Queen Mary University of London
    London
    WC2A 3JB
    Spaces:
    Registration necessary but free

    Brexit will bear an enduring mark on the British political landscape and on British society. Hailed for centuries as a beacon of gradualism, stability and resilience, the British political system seems nowadays in a state of permanent convulsion that calls into question its founding pillars as much as its future sustainability. The general public has turned away from the Parliament, that has been unable to find an issue, while trust in traditional political parties, an in particular in the Tories, is deeply eroded. Brexit has unlocked a new set of cleavages which goes beyond traditional party-lines, entrenched political categories and existing nationals’ borders. The British political party system has been hugely impacted, as polarization, fragmentation and the generational gap on the future of the UK politics has significantly widened.

    Within that context, what’s next for British Democracy?

    The panel discussion will address those issues by offering participants a strategic overview of the current state of British Democracy and the future that lays ahead. Moreover, in the context of a general election that might be shorty inevitable, the event will also shed light on the electoral complexities that a seemingly four-party race entails.

    Pauline Schnapper, Professor of British Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, will start the event presenting ideas from her latest book in which she reflects on the far-reaching consequences that Brexit is imposing not only on the UK parliamentary democracy but also across Europe. The discussions will be joined by Dr Sarah Wolff and Professor Tim Bale.

    Find out more about this event here.

    Event posted by Emily on Thu 31 October, 2019
  • Calendar event

    Gender Equality in the Legal Profession: Maintaining the Momentum for Change

    28th January 2020

    28th January 2020
    Gender Equality in the Legal Profession: Maintaining the Momentum for Change

    Event Time:
    6:30-8pm
    Venue:
    Nash Lecture Theatre
    2nd Floor, King's Building
    Strand Campus
    King's College London
    WC2R 2LS
    Spaces:
    Registration necessary but free

    In the first discussion of this year’s lecture series, our distinguished and highly successful panel members talk candidly about gender equality in the legal profession today, some of the lessons they learnt in their own personal paths to the top of the legal profession and future challenges and opportunities for the profession in terms of maintaining the momentum for change.

     

    For this highly relevant and important debate, the panel will be comprised of:

    • Master Jennifer James (the first ever female Costs Judge/Taxing Master at RCJ and now also a Costs Officer sitting as required in the Supreme Court)

    • Dr Victoria McCloud (the youngest ever and second female Master of the Senior Courts, Queen's Bench Division, Deputy Costs Judge/Taxing Master and ad hoc acting Admiralty Registrar)

    • Lynne Townley (Chair of the Association of Women Barristers, criminal barrister, a senior policy advisor, author and lecturer)

    • Christina Blacklaws (former President of the Law Society with 25 years’ experience as a children and family solicitor and mediator)

    • Penny Miller (Partner at Simmons & Simmons LLP, Financial Services Regulation Practice).

    Find out more about this event here.

    Event posted by Emily on Thu 31 October, 2019
  • Calendar event

    Cherie Blair: A Life in the Law CITY

    11th February 2020

    11th February 2020
    Cherie Blair: A Life in the Law CITY

    Event Time:
    6:30 pm
    Venue:
    Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tait Building
    City, University of London
    Northampton Square
    London
    EC1V 0HB

    Cherie Blair is a leading barrister and Queen’s Counsel, has been a part-time judge, is an arbitrator and mediator, and has represented over 30 countries in international legal claims and disputes. She is known for her advocacy of human rights and her international work for women’s rights.

    This will be a unique opportunity to hear Cherie talk about her life and career and about the importance of the law and social justice.

    Registration is free but you need to book a place as tickets are limited.

    Photo credit: Office of Cherie Blair QC

    Find out more about this event here.

    Event posted by Emily on Fri 25 October, 2019
  • Calendar event

    The law is broken: the future of legal aid

    30th April 2020

    30th April 2020
    The law is broken: the future of legal aid

    Event Time:
    6-7pm
    Spaces:
    Show up on day

    The Secret Barrister (2018), a Times bestseller, coincided with a ‘walk out’ by the Criminal Bar. A 2018 Working Lives survey conducted by the Bar Council found that barristers across England and Wales were struggling to cope with the demands of an under-resourced legal aid system. At significant cost to their health and job satisfaction, lawyers were straining to prop up a criminal and family justice system at the point of collapse. 

    2018 witnessed the creation of a movement called ‘The Law Is Broken'. Has the Law been fixed?

    No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
    Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture 


    Find out more about the event and the spoeaker, Professor Jo Delahunty QC, via the Gresham website.

    Find out more about this event here.

    Event posted by Emily on Thu 29 August, 2019
Mon 9 December, 2019
What's next for British Democracy?

9th December 2019
What's next for British Democracy?

Event Time:
6:30-8pm
Venue:
Centre for Commercial law Studies
67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Queen Mary University of London
London
WC2A 3JB
Spaces:
Registration necessary but free

Brexit will bear an enduring mark on the British political landscape and on British society. Hailed for centuries as a beacon of gradualism, stability and resilience, the British political system seems nowadays in a state of permanent convulsion that calls into question its founding pillars as much as its future sustainability. The general public has turned away from the Parliament, that has been unable to find an issue, while trust in traditional political parties, an in particular in the Tories, is deeply eroded. Brexit has unlocked a new set of cleavages which goes beyond traditional party-lines, entrenched political categories and existing nationals’ borders. The British political party system has been hugely impacted, as polarization, fragmentation and the generational gap on the future of the UK politics has significantly widened.

Within that context, what’s next for British Democracy?

The panel discussion will address those issues by offering participants a strategic overview of the current state of British Democracy and the future that lays ahead. Moreover, in the context of a general election that might be shorty inevitable, the event will also shed light on the electoral complexities that a seemingly four-party race entails.

Pauline Schnapper, Professor of British Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, will start the event presenting ideas from her latest book in which she reflects on the far-reaching consequences that Brexit is imposing not only on the UK parliamentary democracy but also across Europe. The discussions will be joined by Dr Sarah Wolff and Professor Tim Bale.

Find out more about this event here.

Event posted by Emily on Thu 31 October, 2019
Wed 11 December, 2019
The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act: women's legal landmarks

11th December 2019
The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act: women's legal landmarks

Event Time:
6-7:30pm
Venue:
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, United Kingdom (LSE)
Spaces:
Registration necessary but free

Mari Takayanagi (Houses of Parliament) speaks on the ‘Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act’, which enabled women to join professional organisations.

In the centenary year of women’s formal admission to the legal profession, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies has hosted a series of talks –Women Legal Landmarks – In Conversation – exploring legal landmarks for women. Such landmarks – significant achievements marking an important stage or turning point in women’s engagement with law and law reform – cover a range of topics, including the right to vote, sex discrimination, equal pay, forced marriage, prostitution, rape, twitter abuse and the ordination of women bishops as well as the life stories of a number of women who were the first to undertake key legal roles and positions.

Hosted by the LSE Library.

Book via Eventbrite.

Find out more about this event here.

Event posted by Emily on Wed 4 September, 2019
Mon 27 January, 2020
Law Librarianship Careers Event

27th January 2020
Law Librarianship Careers Event

Event Time:
5:30-7pm
Venue:
G31 Foster Court, UCL
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Spaces:
Registration necessary but free

Law librarians work in academic libraries, the commercial sector, courts and government. Learn more about the varying opportunities as well as the work of the British and Irish Association of Law Libraries (BIALL)- no legal background necessary!

Speakers: Dunstan Speight (Lincoln's Inn); Katy Davies (Howard Kennedy), Alice Tyson (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies); Jordan Murphy (BDB)

 

Find out more about this event here.

Event posted by Emily on Thu 31 October, 2019
Tue 28 January, 2020
Gender Equality in the Legal Profession: Maintaining the Momentum for Change

28th January 2020
Gender Equality in the Legal Profession: Maintaining the Momentum for Change

Event Time:
6:30-8pm
Venue:
Nash Lecture Theatre
2nd Floor, King's Building
Strand Campus
King's College London
WC2R 2LS
Spaces:
Registration necessary but free

In the first discussion of this year’s lecture series, our distinguished and highly successful panel members talk candidly about gender equality in the legal profession today, some of the lessons they learnt in their own personal paths to the top of the legal profession and future challenges and opportunities for the profession in terms of maintaining the momentum for change.

 

For this highly relevant and important debate, the panel will be comprised of:

  • Master Jennifer James (the first ever female Costs Judge/Taxing Master at RCJ and now also a Costs Officer sitting as required in the Supreme Court)

  • Dr Victoria McCloud (the youngest ever and second female Master of the Senior Courts, Queen's Bench Division, Deputy Costs Judge/Taxing Master and ad hoc acting Admiralty Registrar)

  • Lynne Townley (Chair of the Association of Women Barristers, criminal barrister, a senior policy advisor, author and lecturer)

  • Christina Blacklaws (former President of the Law Society with 25 years’ experience as a children and family solicitor and mediator)

  • Penny Miller (Partner at Simmons & Simmons LLP, Financial Services Regulation Practice).

Find out more about this event here.

Event posted by Emily on Thu 31 October, 2019
Thu 30 January, 2020
Can the law keep up with changes in society?

30th January 2020
Can the law keep up with changes in society?

Event Time:
6-7pm
Venue:
Barnard's Inn Hall
Holborn
London
EC1N 2HH
Spaces:
Show up on day

Advances in medicine allow us to sustain life for longer, but at what cost and at whose choice? Why might the court intervene when a devout Jehovah Witness parent refuses a life-saving blood transfer to their child? Where does religious devotion end and unsafe thought begin? What about cultural and spiritual beliefs that clash with UK ‘norms’? Has the law has kept up with the changing society it regulates?

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture 


Find out more about the event and speaker, Professor Jo Delahunty QC via the Gresham website

Find out more about this event here.

Event posted by Emily on Thu 29 August, 2019
Thu 6 February, 2020
Inaugural Lecture: The Privatisation of Private (and) International Law

6th February 2020
Inaugural Lecture: The Privatisation of Private (and) International Law

Event Time:
6-7pm
Venue:
Bentham House
UCL Laws
Bentham House
London
WC1H 0EG
Spaces:
Registration necessary but free

Inaugural Lecture

Speaker: Professor Alex Mills (Faculty of Laws, UCL)

Chair: Professor Campbell McLachlan QC ((Victoria University Wellington)

Abstract

The boundary between public and private legal relations at the international level has become increasingly fluid. State actors engage internationally in private commercial activity, while the privatisation of traditional governmental functions has led to private actors exercising ostensibly public authority, and accelerated the development of a hybridised public-private international investment law. Privatisation as a general phenomenon is much debated, although there has been relatively little focus on the governmental functions which are perhaps of most interest to lawyers – law making, law enforcement, and dispute resolution. This lecture will argue that modern legal developments in the context of private law and cross-border private legal relations can be usefully analysed as two distinct forms of privatisation. First, privatisation of the allocative functions of public and private international law, in respect of both institutional and substantive aspects of regulation. Second, privatisation of the institutional and substantive regulation of private legal relationships themselves, through arbitration and the recognition of non-state law. Analysing these developments through the lens of privatisation highlights a number of important critical questions which deserve greater consideration.

Find out more about this event here.

Event posted by Emily on Thu 31 October, 2019
Tue 11 February, 2020
Cherie Blair: A Life in the Law CITY

11th February 2020
Cherie Blair: A Life in the Law CITY

Event Time:
6:30 pm
Venue:
Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tait Building
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

Cherie Blair is a leading barrister and Queen’s Counsel, has been a part-time judge, is an arbitrator and mediator, and has represented over 30 countries in international legal claims and disputes. She is known for her advocacy of human rights and her international work for women’s rights.

This will be a unique opportunity to hear Cherie talk about her life and career and about the importance of the law and social justice.

Registration is free but you need to book a place as tickets are limited.

Photo credit: Office of Cherie Blair QC

Find out more about this event here.

Event posted by Emily on Fri 25 October, 2019
Thu 5 March, 2020
The insider's guide to becoming a barrister

5th March 2020
The insider's guide to becoming a barrister

Event Time:
6-7pm
Venue:
Barnard's Inn Hall
Holborn
London
EC1N 2HH
Spaces:
Registration necessary but free

This lecture provides an insider’s brutally honest guide to what it's like to be a self-employed barrister - the highs and lows of the career, the work behind the scenes that makes a difference to outcomes in court, and the art of persuasion in it. 

What are the ways of working that can make a difference to success and failure, for the client and to professional development for the barrister? What transferable skills does the advocate have looking at life Beyond the Bar?

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture 


Find out more about the event and the speaker, Professor Jo Delahunty QC, via the Gresham website.

Event posted by Emily on Thu 29 August, 2019
Thu 30 April, 2020
The law is broken: the future of legal aid

30th April 2020
The law is broken: the future of legal aid

Event Time:
6-7pm
Spaces:
Show up on day

The Secret Barrister (2018), a Times bestseller, coincided with a ‘walk out’ by the Criminal Bar. A 2018 Working Lives survey conducted by the Bar Council found that barristers across England and Wales were struggling to cope with the demands of an under-resourced legal aid system. At significant cost to their health and job satisfaction, lawyers were straining to prop up a criminal and family justice system at the point of collapse. 

2018 witnessed the creation of a movement called ‘The Law Is Broken'. Has the Law been fixed?

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture 


Find out more about the event and the spoeaker, Professor Jo Delahunty QC, via the Gresham website.

Find out more about this event here.

Event posted by Emily on Thu 29 August, 2019
Thu 4 June, 2020
Diversity in the legal profession

4th June 2020
Diversity in the legal profession

Event Time:
6-7pm
Venue:
Barnard's Inn Hall
Holborn
London
EC1N 2HH
Spaces:
Show up on day

Coming to the end of her tenure as Gresham’s Professor of Law Jo Delahunty will explore what the future holds for the next generation of barristers: will they better reflect the society they serve in terms of background, ethnicity and gender? Is privilege and income as much of a division at The Bar as it is in society? 

What can institutions such as Universities, The Inns, The City, and Gresham do to reach out to students who may not have professionals in their family to open their eyes to their potential and the legal profession? Jo Delahunty's final lecture will sound the clarion call for action.

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture 


Find out more about the event and the speaker, Professor Jo Delahunty QC, via the Gresham website.

Find out more about this event here.

Event posted by Emily on Thu 29 August, 2019
Thu 18 June, 2020
Terrorism, National Security and the Law

18th June 2020
Terrorism, National Security and the Law

Event Time:
6-7pm
Venue:
Barnard's Inn Hall
Holborn
London
EC1N 2HH

THE 2020 ANNUAL GRAY'S INN READING

The Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE, QC, FRSA is a barrister and member of the House of Lords, and from 2001-2011 acted as the UK's Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. He will be speaking on terrorism, national security and the law.

Reservations Required

Tickets will be available from 10am on Friday 17th April

Find out more about the event and the speaker, Lord Carlile of Berriew QC via the Gresham website.

Find out more about this event here.

Event posted by Emily on Thu 29 August, 2019

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Database Support Materials

i-law

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.

LexisLibrary

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

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

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 - http://home.heinonline.org/heinonline-app/

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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