Jonathan Brew assists in hosting UK’s most senior female lawyer
Assisting in hosting the most senior female lawyer in the country was a rare privilege for Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ senior partner and Fellow of the University of Worcester, Jonathan Brew last week, when the Baroness Hale of Richmond received her honorary doctorate.
The Baroness became a Court of Appeal judge in 1999 and is now Deputy President of the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. She received her honorary doctorate last Tuesday.
Jonathan, who has supported the University’s new Law School, which opened in September, from its inception, is chairman of their Legal Forum, which will mentor law students.
The Forum aims to create a relationship with law students and put them in direct contact with members of the legal community, which will, in turn, ensure that students learn from real lawyers. They can, for instance, take part in mock trials – the new facilities include a court – and undertake work experience in areas involving law.
He said: “It was a real pleasure to meet Baroness Hale, for whom I have enormous respect. She is especially well-known in family law circles because she led the Law Commission’s family law team, which led to the Children Act 1989 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
“My work with the University is becoming equally rewarding – I am, together with my colleagues in the Legal Forum, looking forward to encouraging students and helping them to relate their degree course to law in the real world.”
The University’s new LLB law degree covers all the foundation subjects that students require to pass the academic stage of their qualification. The new court facility, in the Jenny Lind Building, features benches for judges, barristers, defendants, witnesses and even members of the press, just like a working court. There is al
so a jury room next door
to simulate the real court experience, and a number of seminar rooms.
The University is also establishing a pro bono Legal Advice Centre where LLB students will be able to give legal advice to members of the public, supervised by practising solicitors. The clinic will formally open in January.