• Welcome to Roehampton Law School

    Aristotle said, ‘Law is reason free from passion.’ However, at Roehampton Law School, we believe passion is the reason to pursue law. Whether you want to become a lawyer or a legal professional, our dedicated team of experienced practitioners and academics will support your goals.

    You will learn to tackle some of the world’s most controversial topics of today in a ‘law in practice’ environment designed to provide you with the legal skills you need to succeed.

    Our courses include:

    "Law needs to be taught as it will be practised. Our courses equip you with all the necessary knowledge for law topped with exciting opportunities for you to bring law to life.."
    Dr Giles Proctor, Head of the Roehampton Law School.

    Study Law at Roehampton to:

    Practice law in a real life environment.
    You will have the chance to put law into practice through our Legal Advice Clinic, in collaboration with the Citizens Advice Bureau, to advise members of the public and local businesses on a range of legal issues.

    Act like a lawyer from the start.
    Learn how to become a confident and articulate speaker through practising advocacy and debating skills in the Law School’s own mock-trial room. Develop your skillsets in research, writing, drafting, and interviewing in our supportive law in practice environment.

    Think critically like a legal professional.
    Acquire a comprehensive foundation for understanding the legal system. Our law degrees are taught by lecturers with extensive knowledge of our national and international legal systems. The Law School also forms a part of the Social Sciences department, so you can explore your interests in topical areas of expertise: Human Rights, Sociology, and Criminology and further your research to the next level.

    Develop from student to professional.
    Meet with our dedicated Law School Careers Advisor to map out your current aptitudes and focus on building the necessary skillsets required for interviews and placements.

    Gain access to the legal world in London.
    Develop an understanding of the different areas of legal practice by visiting the courts and tribunals in London. Collaborate and meet with legal practitioners to deepen your knowledge of what it takes to launch your legal career.

    Find out more about our LLB Law degree.

  • Meet the team

    Giles Proctor

    Dr Giles Proctor - Head of the Law School

    Legal practice: Giles qualified as a solicitor and practised in corporate and commercial law before entering teaching at Manchester Metropolitan and Nottingham Law School. He completed his PhD on the role of non-executive directors in corporate governance.

    Teaching: Giles has first class experience of leading a new law school, he successfully launched the law school for Kaplan, and will now be founding our first ever Roehampton Law School. He also helped develop corporate programmes at the University of Law and continues to be Visiting Lecturer for Hong Kong University, teaching 'Business Organisations'.

    Expertise in: Corporate Governance, Commercial Law, Legal education and training.


    Ralph Denny

    Ralph Denny - Deputy Head of the Law School and Principal Lecturer

    Legal Practice: Ralph qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and before he began to teach in 1994 he practised corporate, commercial and insolvency law as a partner in a Kent law firm.

    Teaching: Ralph taught previously at the University of Westminster, City University and The University of Law. He developed the City University Legal Practice Course which was graded 'Excellent' in 2003 and went on to lead the University of Law's design teams in the development of its 'City' Legal Practice Courses in 2005, its online International LL.M in 2007 and its practice-based LL.B in 2011.

    Expertise in: Instructional and multi-media design, and a subject matter expert in English legal systems, professional ethics, solicitors' accounts, as well as business, corporate and tax law.


    Joanna Wilson Law School

    Joanna Corcoran - Department Administrator

    Joanna graduated from Law at Brunel University in 2010. She has since carried out a range of roles within the legal sector, including working for a private West London firm specialising in Criminal and Immigration law as well as working as a Case Manager for Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office. Joanna has also volunteered for a domestic violence charity.

    Supporting students: Joanna’s role is to be a first line of communication and assistance for law students, for enquiries about their studies such as helping students select their modules.


    Katie Boyle

    Dr Katie Boyle - Senior Lecturer

    Legal practice: Dr Katie Boyle obtained a PhD from the University of Limerick. Her PhD was in Transitional Justice and International Human Rights Law with a focus on securing justiciable economic, social and cultural rights in Northern Ireland. Katie is a qualified constitutional lawyer and has worked with the Government Legal Service for Scotland and the UK. She has acted as legal consultant and researcher to national human rights institutions and her work has featured in various reporting procedures to the United Nations.

    Teaching:Katie has taught private and public law at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Subjects taught include International Human Rights Law; Land Law; Constitutional and Public Law and Medical Law.

    Expertise in: International Human Rights Law; Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Constitutional Law; Constitutional Transitions; Transitional Justice and Land Law.


    Maris Kask-Polacko

    Dr Maris Kask-Polacko - Lecturer

    Legal practice: Maris qualified as a solicitor in 2006 in Estonia and was practicing law for several years working as an in-house solicitor at the Ministry of Education and Research in Estonia. Her expertise lies mainly in the areas of public law, administrative law and European Union law. Maris holds a PhD from King’s College London in European Union law on immigration regulation and returning illegally staying third-country nationals in the EU.

    Teaching:Prior to joining Roehampton Law School Maris taught EU law at King’s College London. Additionally Maris has designed and taught several specialised LLM courses, such as International Human Rights and International and EU Migration Law as a visiting lecturer at the University of Tallinn in Estonia.

    Expertise in: EU law, public law, human rights, immigration law, international law


    Penny Cooper

    Professor Penny Cooper - Visiting Lecturer

    Legal practice: Penny practised as a barrister for over ten years working both in-house for local government and in chambers in London. She moved into academia in 2002 and was appointed a professor of law at City University in 2009. She is an academic associate at 39 Essex Street, chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC. Penny co-founded and chairs the practitioners' leading website 'The Advocate's Gateway'.

    Teaching: Penny has designed and delivered many undergraduate, postgraduate and professional law courses over the last twenty years, most notably the accredited training for Registered Intermediaries for the Ministry of Justice and Northern Ireland's Department of Justice. She also delivers training for City law firms, judicial colleges, police, prosecutors and professional bodies.

    Expertise: Penny is the leading academic on ground rules hearings, which she devised. Her expertise includes advocacy, cross-examination, witness familiarisation, witness testimony, expert evidence and special measures for vulnerable witnesses and parties. She researches the justice system's adaptations for those who are at risk or vulnerable (including those with autism and Aspergers Syndrome) and her work is widely published and cited.


    Chris Stoakes

    Chris Stoakes - Visiting Lecturer

    Legal practice: Chris was a Reader in Law at Oxford University and qualified as a solicitor at Freshfields where he was a banking lawyer. He was Head of Legal Training, then Director of Knowledge, Research & Learning and Director of Legal Learning Projects at Hogan Lovells. He was also a founding member of Sherwood PSF Consulting, which advises law firms, the bar and in-house legal departments on management and strategy issues.

    Teaching: Chris was a member of the external faculty of the MBA in Legal Practice at Nottingham Law School for 10 years and served as a senior consultant at the College of Law. Chris is best known to law students for his books:

    • Is Law For You?
    • Commercial Awareness
    • Know The City (understanding the world of finance)
    • Get To The Point (learning to write well in the workplace)

    Expertise in: Banking law, legal training, management and strategy.


    Susanna Hoar

    Susanna Hoar - Visiting Lecturer

    Legal practice: Qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and joined the Litigation department of Gosling & Wilkinson (now known as Guillaumes) becoming a Family Law specialist. She was responsible for managing training within the practice. She was committed to providing pro bono legal advice for the local Citizens Advice Bureau and sat on the management committee for Surrey Women's Aid.

    Teaching: Susanna is excited about sharing her long-standing experience as a Family Law specialist and the challenges and merits of working in the legal sector.

    Expertise in: Family law, legal training and management.


    James Wakefield

    James Wakefield - Visiting Lecturer

    Legal practice: Director of the Council of the Inns of Court (COIC), a charity primarily concerned with the education of barristers and the sound administration of law.

    Teaching: James' particular love is teaching people to become advocates. He was the leader of the highly acclaimed Bar Professional Training Courses at both Nottingham Law School and Kaplan Law School. James has taught many that have gone on to be highly successful barristers and solicitors. He has also taught undergraduate students at Universities throughout the UK in the skills of debating, mooting and presentation.

    Expertise in: Legal education and training.


    Janet Wright

    Janet Wright - Principal Lecturer

    Legal Practice: Janet is a qualified solicitor who specialised in private client matters including estate planning and tax mitigation. She has a particular interest in the creation and administration of trusts and court of protection work, particularly for people with an acquired brain injury.

    Teaching: Janet is a Principal Lecturer in Law. She was previously GDL Course Leader at Kaplan Law School and helped to develop the private client course.

    Expertise in: Equity and Trusts, Wills, Probate and Administration, and Taxation.


    Ruth Tweedale

    Ruth Tweedale - Lecturer

    Legal practice: Ruth qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and is a specialist in family law and women's rights having held the position of Senior Legal Officer at Rights of Women, the UK's leading women's rights charity.

    Teaching: Ruth has spoken as an expert at a range of national and regional conferences on issues affecting women's rights. For the past five years she has trained professionals and lawyers across the country on the law affecting women experiencing violence.

    Expertise in: Family law, women's rights, equality, domestic violence, sexual offences, family justice and gender based violence.

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