UWE Bristol alumni appointed Manager of the Magistrate’s Court

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Annette Williams-Sylvester has been appointed Manager of the Magistrate’s Court in the British Virgin Islands.

The appointment, which took effect on January 27, was made by Governor John Duncan, acting in accordance with advice from the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

In her new post, Annette  will ensure the smooth operation of the Magistrate’s Court by planning, administering, and managing all activities to ensure the court always performs at a high standard.

The activities include the human resources function, budget administration, procurement, in-court duties, records management, as well as policy creation and implementation.

According to the Government Information Service, which announced the appointment today (February 21), Annette will also liaise with the judiciary, external organizations, groups, and individuals who interface with the court.

Annette graduated in 2015 with an LLB (Honours) in Commercial Law from UWE. She also holds a certificate in Basic Court Paralegal Studies from the Council of Legal Education, Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad.

Her legal work experience stems throughout several offices in the British Virgin Islands.

Prior to pursing her studies, Annette was employed to the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands for a total of 22 years, with eight years in the post of Case Manager assigned to the Civil, Criminal and Commercial Divisions.

She also completed internships at Harney, Westwood and Riegels; the Attorney General’s Chambers; and the Magistrate’s Court.

Article taken from BVI News.

Bristol Law School helps celebrate alumnus Jeremiah Daliel’s first book, inspired by his real life experiences

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On Thursday 16th February, Bristol Business and the Bristol Law School invited alumnus Jeremiah Daliel back to UWE to help him launch his first book.

Jeremiah Daliel was in a car accident in 2011 which left him wheelchair bound. Whilst recovering in hospital he found he had ample time on his hands so began reading avidly and ended up enrolling for not one but two degrees: LLB Law at UWE Bristol and Criminology at the University of Portsmouth.

On his first day at UWE Bristol, Jerry’s tutor asked the class what they saw themselves doing in the future.

Whilst his fellow classmates talked about future careers they would have, Jerry said he wanted to stand to receive his degree, 3 years later.

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Miraculously, Jeremiah managed to stand up completely unaided and remain standing for the first time in 5 years to receive his degree from UWE Bristol in July last year.

The incredibly emotional moment was shared on UWE Bristol’s Facebook page and was viewed over 130,000 times.

From being shared across UWE social media, the story got picked up by the press and Jerry soon became an internet sensation, with most major newspapers covering the story.

Since graduating in July, Jerry has continued his studies at UWE Bristol and is now undertaking his Advanced Legal Practice course. He hopes to go into full time practice upon completion.

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As well as studying for the LPC, Jerry has also written the book “Paradigm Uncovered: Up Close and Personal”.

The book was inspired by the life changing events which happened to Jerry but focuses on setting and achieving goals.

The book aims to help you change your mind-set in order to stay focused and achieve your goals.

Guests were welcomed to the book launch by Pro Vice Chancellor Jane Harrington, before Jerry shared his experiences and read excerpts from the book to the crowd.

Photos from the event can be found here. Credit: REW-Photography.

Alumnus Jeremiah Daliel Launches his book at UWE Bristol – Thurs 16 February

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Jeremiah Daliel became an internet sensation when he stood for the first time in five years at his UWE Bristol graduation ceremony in July to receive his Law degree.

Join the Bristol Law School help him celebrate the launch of his book on Thursday 16 February at UWE Bristol.

Since his graduation, Jerry has finished and launched his book Paradigm Uncovered which inspires setting and achieving goals. Paradigm Uncovered converts the reader from going with the flow to taking charge of life’s controls

Jerry became wheelchair bound after a bad car crash in 2011. However, Jerry used his time in hospital to study for a degree in Criminology and Law.

He is currently studying the LLM LPC Advanced Legal Practice at UWE Bristol and plans to go into full time practice on competition.

At the launch, Jerry will share excerpts from the book as well as recounting some of his experiences including when he stood at his graduation ceremony.

There will also be time for networking over light refreshments.

Places are free to attend but you need register via Eventbrite.

 

Life after a Law Degree Panel Event

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On Wednesday 25 January three external speakers participated in a Bristol Law School panel event designed to demonstrate the wide range of jobs and careers open to law graduates.

The speakers were:

  • Jonathan Grant, Head of Legal at the Bank of England
  • Steve Rowan, a Director at the UK Intellectual Property Office
  • Bryannie Gibson, Senior Associate at PwC and part of their recruitment team.

Jonathan and Steve both completed their degrees at UWE Bristol.

Each speaker explained what their current role entailed, giving detailed and engaging examples to illustrate the breadth of their responsibilities. They then explained their career path from completion of their degree to their current role and finished by giving advice and tips to current students about how to maximise their chances of pursuing an interesting and varied career after graduation.

During the questions put to the panel members at the end, the two UWE alumni were asked to explain what they felt they had gained from their time at UWE. Jonathan Grant praised the mooting that he had taken part in during his law degree and said that he still had one of the posters his team had prepared for a moot! He encouraged current students to get involved with any of the extra-curricular activities offered at UWE, such as mooting and pro bono work as these will all improve CVs and make students stand out from the crowd. Steve Rowan said that he had taken his law degree on a part-time basis, whilst working at the Intellectual Property Office and he praised the practice-orientated teaching he’d received at UWE and the wide range of modules on offer, including the IP module which he of course took.

Around 150  students attended, some of whom are on our FBL Foundation Year course, designed for students progressing to any degree within the Faculty of Business and Law. Also attending were students from years 1-3 of the undergraduate law courses and some post-graduate Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course students.

“Life after a law degree – different legal jobs and options” – Panel event – 25 January

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The Bristol Law School are hosting a panel event on Wednesday 25 January to highlight the different career paths you can take after studying a Law degree. The panel includes three Law alumni from UWE Bristol.

The speakers are:

  • Jonathan Grant, Head of Legal for Markets, Banking and Notes at the Bank of England;
  • Steve Rowan, Director of the Tribunals, Trade Marks and Designs Division of the UK Intellectual Property Office;
  • James Poole, Team Manager of Company Secretarial Services at Capita Asset Services; and
  • Bryannie  Gibson, Senior Associate at PwC.

Each of the speakers will talk for around 10minutes on their career path from Law degree to their current job. They will explain their current role as well as sharing tips for soon to be graduates.

The presentations will be followed by questions and informal networking over refreshments.

The event is open to any student who is interested in a career in the legal profession, regardless if they are studying Law or not.

The event starts at 1pm in 4B031, Frenchay Campus.

If you would like to attend this event please register via InfoHub.

Professional Career Events from the Bristol Law School

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In November, the Bristol Law School hosted three professional career events for students, consisting of two Masterclass events and the Law School’s own Law Fair.

The two Masterclass events were arranged by students from the Law Society and were designed to help students prepare for the Law Fair. The first Masterclass was on Applications. Anup Vithlani, the Head of Graduate Recruitment at International Law Firm Trowers & Hamlins, came from London with trainee solicitor, Miranda Hamilton-Wood to speak to the students.

Anup explained to the 90+ students in attendance what he looks for in the 1000+ applications that he receives each year for trainee solicitor positions at Trowers. MIranda explained to the audience how she applied for her training contract with trowers and what her experience has been like so far.

The second Masterclass event was on networking. Over 60 students came to hear Rachael Wheatley, Blue Green Learning and Helene Russell, The Knowledge Business give an interactive talk on networking.

Rachel addressed many common fears and misconceptions of networking and gave students the opportunity to practice networking in a relaxed environment.Helene then talked about how successful networking could be supported and enhanced using social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn.

The Masterclass in Networking was followed by the opportunity to practice networking further over some wine with some of the Law tutors as well as two trainees from local law firm VWV, who sponsored the event for the UWE Law Society.

Following on from the two Masterclass sessions, students had the opportunity to attend the Law Fair. 43  43 legal organisations from in and around Bristol took part in the fair, held in UWE’s professional courses teaching rooms. Exhibitors included representatives from Barristers Chambers, Law firms, the RAC, the Government Legal Service and other legal businesses and representative bodies. Over 300 students came to the event, attending various talks, a CV Clinic staffed by practising lawyers and meeting the exhibitors.

Feedback from the employers was extremely positive and included comments such as:  ‘…all of your students were very polite, bright and well prepared and we would very much like to participate in your next law fair’ and ‘Both the pupils and I enjoyed the event very much. I have posted a news item on our website about the fair, publically thanking you for organising the day.

A new addition to the Fair this year was a Life in Practice Panel where over 75 students listened to  11 Trainee panellists from varying backgrounds, including a UWE graduate, talking about their experiences and giving advice on working in the legal sector. An important message for students to hear was that of staying resilient in a competitive market.

 

BME networking event for Business and Law students

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The Bristol Business School and the Bristol Law School celebrated Black History Month 2016 with a fantastic professional networking evening for BME students on 17th November 2016.  Over 50 Law and Business BME professionals and entrepreneurs from across Bristol joined us in order to share their career insights and advise our students.

Organisations in attendance included Elite Solicitors Ltd, Gregg Latchams, Albion Chambers, Bristol Pound CIC, GE Oil & Gas as well as the Black Police Association. Many professionals in attendance were UWE Alumni who were delighted to return to Frenchay and meet the next generation.

Guests and students were treated to a delicious and authentic Caribbean feast provided by the award-winning team at Biblos, managed and owned by UWE Alumni and entrepreneur Will Clarke, also in attendance.

The evening included networking activities and talks from finance experts and motivational coaches as well as inspirational UWE Bristol Alumni. Rodney Wilson (UWE Law) Managing Director of Elite Solicitors shared his career journey with a captive audience. Elite Solicitors opened in the heart of Bristol in 1991, it has since become the leading BME-predominant criminal defence and immigration firm in the South West.

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Photos from the BME networking event

Solicitor-Advocate Melissa Toney (UWE LPC) spoke of breaking several glass ceilings as a successful young black woman, and of her appearances before the Royal Courts of Justice. She championed our female students to set their sights high and go for it!

Rahat Ahmed (UWE Economics) founder of KnowYourPower delivered an inspiring and uplifting account of how he overcame personal struggles to graduate with First Class honours and establish a successful career in finance. Rahat spoke of success, determination and the pursuit of happiness.

The event, the first of its kind at UWE Bristol, was a huge success and energised over 100 students in attendance.

Photos from the evening can be found here.

Our thanks to all alumni who attended the event, which was organised by Dr Zainab Khan (FBL).

A date for your 2017 diaries: 9th February 2017 6pm

Tunde Okewale MBE, the founder of the charity Urban Lawyers and recipient of numerous diversity awards, will be delivering Bristol Law School’s Annual Lecture, ‘No one Rises to Low Expectations.’  Registration for this event will be available online soon.

UWE Bristol Law Alumni Networking Drinks and Pro Bono Panel Discussion

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In early November, the Bristol Law School hosted their 3rd alumni networking drinks at the Bristol Law Society.

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The event included a panel discussion on working Pro Bono and was chaired by Marcus Keppel Palmer, UWE Bristol’s Pro Bono Associate Head of Department.

The panel included Julian Hemming, Partner at Osborne Clarke, who has been involved with the pro bono Business and Law Clinic which was recently launched at UWE’s new Enterprise Zone “Future Space”. Julian was joined by Drew Huskisson, Advice Team Manager at the North Bristol Advice Centre, whose job involves providing free and independent advice to those you can’t afford justice.

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Finally the panel was made of two our alumni: Marco Anderson, who is studying for his LLM, and Joshua Hazelwood, who is a Paralegal, Knights Professional Services. Both Joshua and Marco were heavily involved in Pro Bono projects during their time at UWE.

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The event was attended by alumni and invited students and was held at the new premises for the Bristol Law Society.

Photos from the event can be found here.

 

 

Donna Whitehead Invites Law Alumni to Join New Bristol Business School Celebrations

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“We are proud to have such a vibrant community of Bristol Law School alumni underpinning our success and leading our development.

Our alumni are already a big part of the new Bristol Business school and the construction of its new home on Frenchay Campus. So when the building starts buzzing with life in early January 2017, we would love our alumni to join in the celebrations.

Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing ways for you to help us from donating to the new building, mentoring a current student, giving a guest lecture or getting involved with the alumni festivities, reunion activities and networking events wherever you are based.

Firstly, we would love to see photos of your UWE Bristol days, hear your memories and reflections on what your time here meant to you, to share and feature in the alumni archive for the new building.

All entries will go into our prize draw, to win a private trip for two people in UWE Bristol’s hot air balloon!

  • Tweet them to us using #UWEBristolMemories
  • Send them to us by email or post

It’s the growing success of our network of alumni that has made this new world-class hub for students, academics and professionals possible. We hope you will help us celebrate the successes that have led us to become the Law School we are today, and join us on the next step of our journey to drive innovation, research and economic growth.”

Donna Whitehead
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law

UWE Law Alumni Networking Drinks: Working Pro Bono – 3 Nov 2016

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There are just two weeks left to register for the next Bristol Law School Alumni drinks on Thursday 3 November. Register your place now.

Ahead of National Pro Bono week, the event will focus on working Pro Bono and what UWE staff, students and alumni do to help those unable to afford help access justice.

The evening will include a short panel discussion on Pro Bono with a Q + A and ample for networking over light refreshments.

 Confirmed members of the panel:

Julian Hemming, Partner at Osborne Clarke

Julian is currently involved with the Pro Bono Business and Law clinic as part of the University Enterprise Zone at UWE Bristol.

 Ian Thompson, Barrister and Principal Lecturer at UWE

Ian is the driving force co-ordinating a Bristol approach to Pro Bono.

 Scarlett Guy, Paralegal at Osborne Clarke, LLB (Hons) 2015; LPC 2016

Whilst at UWE, Scarlett played an important role on the old Eastville Library Pro Bono project helping complete the legal work necessary for the South Lockleaze and Purdown Neighbourhood Group to take ownership of the library from Bristol City Council.

 Date: Thursday 3 November 2016

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: The Law Library, Bristol Law Society, Small Street, Bristol, BS1 1DA

Cost: Free for UWE alumni

To book: Please register online by 31 October 2016