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Boost for The City Law School’s CPD programmes

The City Law School has expanded its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provision with the appointment of Angela Jackman as a Consultant and Senior Lecturer.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Angela Jackman, a senior solicitor and partner in part-time practice at Maxwell Gillott/Simpson Millar LLP, has been appointed as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Consultant and Senior Lecturer at The City Law School.

Angela Jackman thumbnailShe has extensive part-time lecturing experience and will be working with City’s CPD team to diversify its portfolio of professional legal training courses. Angela will also be lecturing and providing support to students, with a particular emphasis on her insight and expertise as a solicitor in private practice. Commenting on her appointment, she said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to combine practising as a solicitor, consulting on The City Law School’s CPD projects and lecturing. These are exciting times for City which has a diverse student population and is due to join the University of London next year." Angela is also keen to participate in initiatives that will assist with diversifying the legal profession, building on her involvement in the Black Legal Directory which she has supported for a number of years as a mentor to Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) law students. 

Her areas of specialism are education, mental capacity and public law. She is cited as a leader in these categories of law in Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession and The Legal 500.

'Cornrows' school exclusion judicial review case

Angela won an award for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2009 at the Legal Aid Practitioners Group Silver Jubilee Ceremony and was Highly Commended in the category for Private Practice Solicitor of the Year at the 2014 Law Society Excellence Awards. She also won an Eight Women Award in 2014 following a public poll run by Media Diversified for influential women of colour in the UK.

Angela’s particularly notable reported cases include the “cornrows” school exclusion judicial review in which the High Court ruled that a school’s blanket policy of prohibiting African-Caribbean boys from wearing their hair in braids resulted in indirect racial discrimination. She is currently appealing to the Supreme Court on behalf of two women who are challenging the Secretary of State’s policy which does not permit terminations on the NHS for women from Northern Ireland who have to travel to England for abortion services.

Angela’s appointment augments the role performed by Robin Sellers, who joined The City Law School in September 2014.

Robin SellarsRobin has been at the bar for over 20 years and combines his CPD consultancy position with lecturing on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and continuing to practice at the criminal bar. He maintains his status as a Grade 4 prosecutor for the CPS and has this year been involved in two high profile terrorist prosecutions. The first involved a rare contested prosecution under the Chemical Weapons Act against an individual who attempted to purchase ricin on the dark net.  The second was the prosecution of an alleged plan to attack the Russian Embassy in London. His training for the CPD department focuses on witness familiarisation, higher rights training and assessment and all matters touching advocacy and related core skills. Robin maintains links with the Inns of Court as an advocacy trainer in an attempt to straddle all aspects of legal education, and practice.

Extremely fortunate

Robin is pleased to be making a contribution to The City Law School at a time of change:

“I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to combine my role at City with continued practice and liaison with all branches of the profession. The future development of legal education is under review and the flexibility of this position and the CPD department equips us to react to whatever challenges present themselves and promote the University as a powerful provider of legal education in the future”.

Dean of The City Law School, Professor Carl Stychin, said:

“I am delighted that Angela Jackman and Robin Sellers have joined our CPD team. Each brings an extremely impressive set of qualifications and experiences. Moreover, they are very complementary in terms of what they add to the School. Robin has a very impressive career at the Bar and Angela has had an outstanding career as a solicitor in practice. They are both experienced trainers and teachers of law and I am confident that they will be excellent colleagues. With these appointments, I believe that The City Law School is well positioned to make a step change in its CPD provision and I look forward to working closely with the entire team to achieve it”.

Witness Familiarisation

Witness Familiarisation is a process which provides witnesses with a comprehensive understanding of the theory, practice and procedure of giving evidence and what is expected of them when they are required to give evidence. This includes familiarising the witness with the layout of the legal forum, the likely sequence of events when the witness will be giving evidence and a balanced appraisal of the different responsibilities of the various people at the hearing.

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