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University of Portsmouth can help you do that. With a number of highly experienced legal practice professionals – barristers and solicitors – who are now.
Legal Training and Services at the University of Portsmouth Bespoke courses on legal matters for businesses, employers and individuals

School of Law

Welcome Law is all around us – and more laws are being passed every day. In order to run your business properly and follow best practice, whatever your field, you need to be up-to-date and compliant. The School of Law at the University of Portsmouth can help you do that. With a number of highly experienced legal practice professionals – barristers and solicitors – who are now academics with a proven record of providing engaging and enjoyable teaching to a variety of people, we offer courses and workshops to prepare you and your staff to face a range of legal challenges, both present and potential. We are fully aware that everyone has different requirements and we would be delighted to discuss your training requirements to ensure that we supply a service tailored to your needs.

Why do I need legal training? Making a court appearance Going to court is daunting – even if you have done nothing wrong. If you or your employees’ professional role potentially involves court appearances, even if you do not actually give evidence, you need to be prepared to do so. For instance, you might be called in as an expert witness to prepare a report, then submit to cross examination by the ‘other side’. Or you might be in a traditional court-facing role such as a police and law enforcement officer or local authority official such as a social or health worker.

Employment tribunal or disciplinary hearings

hearings. This needs to be handled carefully for everyone’s sake – the individuals involved, the company, your business reputation. Perhaps you need to know something about mediation – again something we can help you with.

Keeping abreast of corporate compliance and regulation In order to keep on top of the legal challenges involved in running a business, you or your employees also need to be prepared to know how to resolve corporate compliance and regulatory issues and ensure that you are up-to-date on the latest employment legislation or regulations.

Alternatively, if you are in a managerial position, you may need to become involved in employment tribunals or disciplinary

Why do I need legal training?


Our courses – from boardroom to courtroom As well as offering workshops and legal updates, we have devised and delivered a variety of bespoke courses for busy professionals in business, legal and local authority sectors. Previous clients have included the NHS, the Probation Service and SODEXO. Our short courses involve practical exercises incorporating role play and court room experience. We use video and film, both for simulation and feedback. Clients find these courses challenging, but also exciting and fulfilling. It builds great team spirit among those who take part, which has proved to be a particular advantage for firms sending employees who are based at diverse locations. The School of Law can also provide Continuing Professional Development and our legal practice professionals are highly experienced in: • • • • • •

corporate law and governance employment law charities law trading standards criminal law, including bribery and fraud private client, real estate and probate law

For all courses, we offer a Certificate of Attendance for your CV or career portfolio. Some of our short courses are also gateways to formal academic awards.

Our facilities Our facilities include a full size courtroom, which has also been used by HM Courts Service as a live court for cases. We also have interview rooms with video links to teaching rooms. For courses that include a practical element such as giving evidence in the mock courtroom or participating in a negotiation, board meeting or interview, we usually film you and provide you with a link to the film. In this way, you can reflect upon your performance.

Learning materials We provide you with the material relevant to your course, usually in the form of a booklet which has copies of presentations, significant statutory material, etc. The material is reviewed before each course is given and is therefore right up-to-date. This information provides a useful reference for you after the course and will support your continuous development.

Catering We provide tea, coffee and soft drinks regardless of the length of the course. For courses lasting more than half a day, we usually provide a buffet lunch. This is normally served near your teaching room and gives you the opportunity to meet and network with the other course members. We can also offer further networking opportunities by providing a reception serving wine and canapés. This works well especially when external high-profile guest speakers are involved.


Our courses – from boardroom to courtroom

What our clients say ‘I cannot single anything out, as the whole day together was excellent. (The instructors) are clearly experts and their knowledge of their subject made the day very informative and educational and, as with all good days, gave me food for thought. The courtroom session is essential and, whilst I was not looking forward to it, the day would not have had such an impact if it wasn’t included. (The staff) made it a very good and realistic experience.’

‘Thoroughly enjoyed the day. I learnt so much about this topic. Best course I have been on.’ ‘Excellent experience, really interesting. An eye-opener. Recommend all managers to experience this. Gives gravity to seriousness of our day-to-day work. Tutor very good, informative, right and sufficient information for audience. Great delivery with good sense of humour.’

‘An excellent team and an excellent day, thank you.’

SODEXO Site Managers attending a course on criminal law

‘Very informative day. I feel that if any of my peers were to be involved in a court case/tribunal then I would be able to support and give them some advice on what to expect.’

‘I learned more in that four hours about advocacy than I have in years. I have attended many courses about cross examination and yours was the first to simplify it as you did and make it clear.’

NHS managerial staff attending a course on evidence and procedure at an Employment Tribunal

Robert Ashworth, Partner at Saulet Ashworth Solicitors attending a course to develop Crown Court Advocacy practice, given by one of our staff with many years’ experience

What our clients say


Our expertise and experience Anne Stoneham MBE, MA, MSc, Solicitor ,FHEA

Anne is an experienced senior lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Portsmouth specialising in Company Law and Corporate Governance, which she teaches on the LLM Corporate Governance and Law, accredited by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She is also the Business Services Leader for Business Law and Corporate Governance in Portsmouth Business School with a particular focus on director development and executive education for small and medium sized enterprises.

Anne has over 20 years’ boardroom experience in the voluntary sector as a school governor, board member, Vice Chair and Chair. In these roles she has been involved with governance issues, lead change management, and has overseen constitutional change, restructuring and merger discussions with other charities.

If you are a business director, aspiring director or senior management team member, Anne can help you understand what is required to improve the performance of your board and add value to your business through effective corporate governance. We can help you consider appropriate board structures, your responsibilities and legal duties, best practice and processes, roles at board level and issues of board performance, evaluation and appraisal.

Joanne Atkinson

In 2003 she was appointed Company Secretary for Zurich’s UK general insurance business, responsible for some 60 trading companies.

Joanne Atkinson qualified as a solicitor in 1999, specialising in company and commercial law. Having gained experience in private practice, she joined the legal department of Zurich Financial Services, advising business colleagues and teams on

Joanne taught on the Legal Practice Course at the London branch of the College of Law (now University of Law) before joining the University of Portsmouth in 2011. Since then she has successfully taught a range of topics including Contract Law, Company Law, Commercial Law and Corporate Secretarial Practice.

LLB (Hons), Solicitor*, FHEA

a wide range of issues including: • contract drafting and negotiation • new business initiatives • regulatory compliance • consumer law • the law relating to advertising and • the resolution of commercial disputes


She had previously been in practice with Coward Chance (now Clifford Chance) as a corporate and commercial litigation solicitor. She maintains her interest in conflict and dispute resolution as an accredited mediator.

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Combining an in-depth knowledge of the law with a pragmatic commercial perspective, Joanne also draws on her corporate experience to teach on the University’s MBA programme.

With a strong focus on business and commerce, Joanne can develop your knowledge of company and commercial law, and the all-important skill of successful contract negotiation.

Juliet Brook

BA (Hons), Cantab, Solicitor*, FHEA Juliet has been a senior lecturer for over ten years, specialising in all aspects of real estate law, equity and trusts and succession law. Prior to her move into lecturing she practised at Biddle (now part of Pinsent Masons) and Walker Morris, where she worked in the commercial property departments.

In addition to lecturing on the LLB, Juliet has written course material for the Legal Practice course and this experience of delivering postgraduate training gives her an insight into the skills and knowledge that need to be developed by trainee solicitors during their training contract. She currently keeps up-to-date with the course content of postgraduate legal training through her role as external examiner for BPP University on their Legal Practice course. Juliet has also worked as a Professional Support Lawyer at DWF LLP, providing in-house training for the real estate team, as well as delivering skills training to paralegals, trainee solicitors and NQ solicitors from all departments. In this role Juliet devised and delivered training for all levels within the firm. Juliet teaches CILEx conveyancing, and her extensive experience makes her ideal for the provision of CPD or other training in the areas of real property, probate and trusts.

Bernard Davis

OBE, LLM, LLB (Hons), Barrister*, FHEA Bernard is an experienced barrister and legal adviser, who now delivers high-quality training and education at the University of Portsmouth. Drawing on his professional background, Bernard teaches Criminal Law, Equality and Human Rights. He has also pioneered the teaching of advocacy to undergraduates and has taught other subjects such as Judicial Review and Public International Law. In 2013

Lisa Wheeler Solicitor*

Lisa is an experienced senior lecturer here specialising in Tort, Civil Litigation and Medical Law. She is also the Admissions Tutor for Undergraduate Law with a responsibility for engagement school and college students. In addition she teaches on

Bernard won the Students’ Union award for best teacher. He has experience of PhD supervision and has co-written articles for publication. Bernard spent most of his career in the Royal Navy, filling a number of managerial and policy roles, often at sea, but also ashore in the Ministry of Defence and at other HQs. As a barrister, he was a trial advocate at courts martial, acting for both prosecution and defence, and filled part-time judicial posts, both as judge advocate at courts martial and as a Stipendiary Magistrate in Inner London. He spent considerable time as an in-house legal adviser to senior staff, but he has also acted for individuals, especially in discrimination matters.

Teaching courtroom skills is a forte. Bernard is very experienced in using role-play to give court users very realistic training of what it is like to go to court or face a tribunal. He has also spoken on discrimination and human rights, and their effect on organisations.

the CILEX unit and maintains links with practice. She had previously been in practice with Blake Lapthorn (now Blake Morgan) as a senior litigation solicitor, with a specialism in personal injury (health and safety) and clinical negligence. She maintains her interest in civil litigation and the overlap of law with practice.

Lisa is qualified and competent to give training on health and safety law, clinical negligence, civil procedure and advocacy. Her experience would be particularly valuable to health professionals, potential expert witnesses and those dealing with claims or claims management.

* Not practising while at the University of Portsmouth

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Caroline Cox

BA (Hons), Solicitor* Caroline specialises in Equity and Trusts as well as Public Law, which she teaches on our undergraduate course. She is also an employability coordinator for the School of Law and teaches on the Research and Professional Development undergraduate course, preparing students for the move from academia into work.

Caroline also teaches conveyancing on the CILEXaccredited course to both undergraduate and postgraduates. She is particularly keen to demonstrate to our students that the law they learn here does not exist in a vacuum and as lawyers we need to be able to communicate our knowledge to our clients, colleagues and fellow professionals. Caroline joined the University in 2014 after 18 years in private practice where she specialised in private client matters including wills and trusts, inheritance tax planning and elderly client advice (particularly in relation to mental capacity and powers of attorney). She has also advised new and established charities with regards to regulations and governance issues and she has acted a trustee for a local charity. Caroline’s experience makes her the perfect teacher for those involved in charities or those in dealing with personal finance and probate issues, or aging issues, perhaps as an adviser in the voluntary sector.

James Kirby BA, Barrister

James is Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law, and teaches advocacy and expert testimony. He is also a tenant at the Chambers of William Mousley QC, at 2 Kings Bench Walk, with premises in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth. He has been a criminal law barrister for 20 years, mostly defending, but occasionally prosecuting. He has appeared in a large number of murder trials and has also specialised in fraud, money laundering, large-scale drugs cases and cases requiring a degree of technical or scientific knowledge. He is a highly experienced and powerful jury advocate, with very strong powers of persuasion.


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James has also participated in evidential training exercises in our mock courtroom for local users such as Probation, Wessex Youth Offending Team, Social Services, NHS HR teams and provide training for expert witnesses such as toxicologists and forensic accountants.

Very much the man to go to for advocacy training, James has trained local criminal solicitors wishing to develop their Crown Court advocacy practice and was also an Advocacy Trainer for Gray’s Inn in London for many years, training new barristers at the Inns of Court. James is also very experienced at providing practical training for expert witnesses. This includes report writing, advice on how to give evidence and cross-examining experts along the lines they might expect in a real court. Those involved in any law enforcement capacity would benefit from James’ experience of litigation from the defence perspective.

Christopher Mills

BA (Hons), Solicitor Chris is an experienced advocate who has represented parents, children and children’s guardians in both public and private law cases before the family courts. He has undertaken a wide range of other family law cases including cohabitee disputes, financial divorce cases and injunctions. In 2005 Chris was appointed Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Region with a civil ticket and in 2012 became a specialist Section 8 Judge dealing with private law cases relating to children.

Rachel M Spearing LLB(Hons), Mst (Cantab), Barrister at Law

Rachel teaches criminal law and evidence and on the MSc Forensic Psychology and Forensic Accounting courses where she has developed interactive practical expert witness training for professionals seeking to become expert witnesses. Rachel has provided bespoke training to international government departments, the Armed Forces, local and national professional organisations in the areas of bribery and corruption, human rights, money laundering, restraint and confiscation of the proceeds of crime.

He has worked in high street practices, a law centre and for charity. Throughout his career he has had experience of a wide range of civil litigation including supervising a housing team. For a number of years he was a school governor in the voluntary sector, managing a large secondary school. As a member of Resolution, formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association, he sat for a number of years on the committee of its Hampshire Branch In practice he is authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a Training Principal for trainee solicitors. At the University he teaches Family and Child Law, the Art of Persuasion and Expert Testimony.

With the benefit of his judicial experience, and many years of practice, Chris can provide training on any aspect of civil litigation or family law.

With 15 years at the Bar, Rachel is a tenant at 3 Pump Court Chambers practising in crime and regulatory law (prosecuting and defending) and is an approved CPS rape and serious sexual offences advocate, she has appeared in many serious high-profile criminal cases. Rachel’s current research activities include the wellbeing of lawyers, work/life balance and policy, developing services and support for wellbeing, expert witnesses and the courts, fraud and counter-fraud policy with practice, and using situational action theory. Rachel is an approved Pupil Supervisor and undertakes advocacy and education and training activities on behalf of Inner Temple, The Western Circuit and The General Council of the Bar​.

A unique experience of practice and research makes Rachel a particularly valuable teacher for anyone involved in the areas above, while her work on wellbeing is of interest to those in any branch of the legal profession in any capacity.

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Location The University of Portsmouth is a city campus based on the south coast of England and enjoys great road, rail and air links across the UK. The city is close to the A3, M27 and M3 and London is only an hour and a half away by train. It takes just half an hour to drive to Southampton airport, where you can get flights across the UK and Europe.

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