Kent Law School and Medway Council in covert surveillance link up

Kent Law School (KLS) and Medway Council in Kent have teamed up to provide legal training on changes to the law surrounding covert surveillance due to come into force later this year.

The new partnership aims to offer professional training and seminars to staff and students at KLS, and the council’s team of lawyers, as part of their on-going professional training requirements. It is also hoped the partnership will be a cost-saving measure for Medway.

The first partnership seminar, taking place on 19 July, will update more than 50 attendees on developments in the law of covert surveillance.

Although the covert surveillance provisions in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 are yet to come into force, when they do they will require local authorities to have all their covert surveillance authorisations approved by a magistrate before they take effect.

Perry Holmes, Medway Council’s assistant director for Legal & Corporate Services said: “This is an opportunity to forge links with our academic colleagues and provide opportunities for law students to improve their employability, all the while keeping costs down for the council when it comes to training.”

Professor Nick Grief, director of legal studies at KLS, added: “This partnership will allow KLS to demonstrate the impact of academic study on the local community but also improve our students’ employability in the future. Both these aspects were important factors for us in this partnership.

“The initiative will also allow us to build stronger links with the council as a potential employer and for the council’s professional team of lawyers to suggest ideas about some of the areas studied on our courses, subjects for thesis, and PHD topics in the future.”