- Veronica Lachkovic
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Ronnie joined The City Law School (formerly the Inns of Court School of Law) to teach the Bar Vocational Course (now BPTC) in September 2007, after 15 years at the Bar, 3 children and nudging a husband onto the High Court Bench.
She was called to the Bar in 1982 and was a member of a common law set (which is now Tanfield Chambers) developing a mixed practice - some crime, landlord and tenant, general civil claims, including construction and personal injury and family. She began to specialise in family work and joined the then newly formed One Garden Court Chambers in January 1988. Her practice encompassed all family fields including heavy weight private and public law High court children applications, with contested psychiatric and other expert evidence, financial disputes and child abduction. She had extensive trial experience from the Magistrates' Court to the High Court and on appeal in the Court of Appeal. She was a Gray's Inn accredited pupil master for about 6 years and a member of Chambers' pupillage committee.
She took a career break to focus on her family, after the arrival of her third child and took part-time employment in events organising for 3 years. Whilst away from the law she was involved in voluntary and fund raising roles in her local community (schools and ad hoc action groups) and for 7 years was a school governor of Lord Wandsworth College (a co-ed boarding school of about 550 pupils, with a significant proportion of Foundation pupils).
At City she is the Co-ordinator of Civil Litigation and Family and teaches Advocacy, Drafting, Opinion Writing and Alternative Dispute Resolution. For 5 years she ran the School's pro bono training with the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV). The NCDV trains students to be McKenzie Friends so as to support victims of domestic abuse obtain civil injunctions. She has helped train over 500 students. In 2009, Ronnie created a new clinical based option (the Domestic Violence Option) for the BPTC, which enables students to use this work as part of their professional qualification; she co-ordinated the option for its first 3 years. City is the only BPTC provider to offer this option and City won a Higher Education National Student Volunteering Award in June 2010 for its work with the NCDV and for the DV Option. She presented a seminar on this work at the Higher Education Conference in June 2010.
Ronnie co-edits the CLS Manual Family Law in Practice, to which she also contributes. She is a member of the FLBA and has extensive links with the judiciary and senior practitioners through her former chambers and her other ties with the legal profession.