Forthcoming changes to legal education and training forums: what you need to know


Location: Nottinghamshire Law Society, 40 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DQ
Date: 1st Oct 2019
Start Time: 9:00 am
Finish Time: 5:00 pm
Tutor: Nottinghamshire Law Society

Member Price: £0.00 Ex.VAT £0 inc. VAT

Discussion Forum 1: 9:00am - 12:45pm

Networking Lunch
12:45pm - 1:30pm
Discussion Forum 2: 1:30pm - 5:00pm

In conjunction with The Law Society, Nottingham Law School and University of Nottingham School of Law we are presenting two discussion forum groups on the topic 'Forthcoming changes to the legal education and training', which will discuss the changes and introduction of SQE 1 & 2 from 2021.

Both forums offer the same agenda, the morning attendees will leave after the networking lunch.  The afternoon attendees will join the group at the beginning of the networking lunch.  Both discussion forums offer a maximum of 20 places.  Simply choose which forum group you wish to attend on the booking form.

Forum 1:

9:00 am Registration & refreshments
9:15 am Welcome
9:20 am

Overview of the implications of the forthcoming changes:

Presented by The Law Society

  • Aidan Flegg LLB (Hons) MA, Policy Adviser for Education and Training at The Law Society of England and Wales

  • Alan East LLB (Hons) PGCHE, SFHEA, Solicitor-Advocate Director of Clinical Legal Education, Assistant Professor at Coventry Law School

9:30 am 

Overview of the different routes into the profession:

Presented by Nottingham Law School

  • Professor Paula Moffatt, Director of External Engagement – Overview
  • Matthew Homewood, Head of Department - SQE 1 & 2, the new GDL, future bar training
  • Helen Hudson, Head of Legal Development  - Apprenticeships
10:00 am 

Discussion about SQE 1: The law student and the non-law student

10:45 am

Refreshments & networking

11:15 am

Discussion about SQE 2

11:45 am

Discussion about apprenticeships

12:05 pm

Discussion about the post-SQE training gap

12:45 pm

Lunch & Networking


Forum 2:

12:45 pm Registration, networking lunch & refreshments
1:30 pm Welcome
1:35 pm

Overview of the implications of the forthcoming changes:

Presented by The Law Society

  • Aidan Flegg LLB (Hons) MA, Policy Adviser for Education and Training at The Law Society of England and Wales

  • Alan East LLB (Hons) PGCHE, SFHEA, Solicitor-Advocate Director of Clinical Legal Education, Assistant Professor at Coventry Law School

1:45 pm 

Overview of the different routes into the profession:

Presented by Nottingham Law School

  • Professor Paula Moffatt, Director of External Engagement – Overview
  • Matthew Homewood, Head of Department - SQE 1 & 2, the new GDL, future bar training
  • Helen Hudson, Head of Legal Development  - Apprenticeships
2:15 pm 

Discussion about SQE 1: The law student and the non-law student

3:00 pm

Refreshments & networking

3:30 pm

Discussion about SQE 2

4:00 pm

Discussion about apprenticeships

4:20 pm

Discussion about the post-SQE training gap

5:00 pm

Forum concludes

Presenters from The Law Society:

Aidan Flegg LLB (Hons) MA, Policy Adviser for Education and Training at the Law Society of England and Wales

Aidan is the policy adviser for education and training at the Law Society covering matters such as the Solicitors Qualification Exam, Continuing Competence and Minimum Trainee Salary.

Having previously worked for the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the International Institute for Environment and Development, Aidan has in-depth experience in legally-based policy.

Alan East LLB (Hons) PGCHE, SFHEA, Solicitor-Advocate Director of Clinical Legal Education, Assistant Professor at Coventry Law School

Alan is a former defence duty solicitor and Senior Crown Prosecutor before joining Coventry Law School to form ‘partnerships in clinical legal education’; the University’s CLE collaboration with Central England Law Centre. Its clinics include the ‘employment law clinic’ which partners with Allen and Overy LLP and the ‘advocacy programme’ where students appear in real tribunals representing clients in front of real judges.

Alan is chair of the Education and Training Committee of the Law Society of England and Wale and sits on the SRA’s SQE Reference Group. He is a council member of the Law Society of England and Wales representing solicitors in Coventry and Warwickshire and a member of its membership and communication committee.

Presenters from Nottingham Law School:

Professor Paula Moffatt, Director of External Engagement, Nottingham Law School

Paula joined Nottingham Trent University in 2003 and teaches on several postgraduate programmes (both academic and vocational). She has published a number of articles on banking and insolvency matters and edits a termly Insolvency Bulletin for Nottingham Law School’s Centre for Business and Insolvency Law.

Paula is the assistant to the Editorial Board of Lightman and Moss The Law of Administrators and Receivers of Companies and is a member of the City of London Law Society’s Advisory Group on the Secured Transactions Code. She completed her PGCHE in 2005 and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Paula is the NTU Academic Lead for the Nottingham Pathways to Law Programme, which is run in collaboration with the University of Nottingham.

Matthew Homewood, Head of Department, Nottingham Law School

Matthew is Head of Postgraduate Portfolio and Associate Professor at Nottingham Law School. Matthew was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2016, the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education. This was in recognition for his use of technology and making a real difference to the student experience.

Helen Hudson, Head of Legal Development

As Head of Legal Development at Nottingham Law School, Helen has strategic responsibility for international development and external relations. Helen is the strategic lead for internationalisation of the curriculum, student and staff mobility and the building of collaborative partnerships across the Nottingham Law School portfolio of courses.

Helen works closely with the Nottingham Law School leadership team to ensure that the unique hallmarks of a Nottingham Law School education are offered to international students and that they are fully supported during their time at the School.

Helen provides strategic leadership to enhance the Schools engagement with external bodies. She works closely with the Regulators and practitioners and represents Nottingham Law School on a number of national organisations.

Helen also contributes to the development and implementation of Nottingham Law School strategy and academic plans.

Presenters from University of Nottingham School of Law

Professor Nigel White, Public International Law, Faculty of Social Science

Nigel re-joined the School of Law at Nottingham in 2009 as Chair in Public International Law. Prior to that he held the Chair of International Law at the University of Sheffield from 2005-2009, and the Chair in International Organisations at the University of Nottingham from 2000-2005. 

He has held an academic post in Law since 1987, and gained his doctorate from Nottingham in 1988. He gained a First Class BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence from Oxford in 1982.

He has twice served as Head of the School of Law at Nottingham and Dean of the Faculty of Law at Sheffield. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Utrecht, University of Uppsala, Australian National University, and Kobe University. He is currently Co-Director of the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre with Professor Mary Footer. He was a member of the REF 2014 sub-panel for Law.  Professor Nigel White's expertise lies in the fields of United Nations law, peacekeeping law, sanctions, arms control law, the regulation of private security contractors, war powers, and military justice.

The lunch is kindly sponsored by Severn Trent Water Searches.

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