City Law School research centre opened by Baroness Hale

City Law School’s Centre for the Study of Legal Professional Practice is being opened today by the country’s most senior female judge, Baroness Hale.

The centre aims to unite practitioners and academics via specialist interest groups, members of which will work to support the current evolution of legal education and practice and provide research and analysis to make sure that change is well informed via research, seminars and lectures.

It will focus on key areas of expertise. Susan Blake will chair the alternative dispute resolution forum; the forums for advocacy and civil litigation will be headed up by Robert McPeake and criminal litigation will be lead by Stuart Sime. The forum for evidence and proof will be chaired by Adrian Kene while legal ethics will be headed by Nigel Duncan and Andy Boon.

Research will be completed by PhD students and will feed into masters programmes available at City University.

Associate dean of City Law School Susan Blake is the convenor of the centre. She said: “The purpose is to enable academic researchers, professionally focused authors, legal practitioners and others to share expertise, and to be able to do so in London, one of the most important legal centres in the world.

“We believe that enabling practitioners and legal academics to work more closely together can provide substantial benefits, especially at a time of great change and development in legal practice.”