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University students receive expert advice from local law firm

Release Date 01 May 2013

University of Reading law students have been receiving training and careers advice from a local divorce solicitors' firm.

Tony Roe, principal of Theale-based niche family law firmTony Roe Solicitors, discussed career paths in private practice with students in a session on ‘Private Client Work in Family and Personal Injury Law.'

The event, held at the University's Foxhill House and arranged by Professor Chris Newdick and Dr Thérèse Callus of the School of Law, was part of a series of sessions increasing students' awareness of the variety of options available. It also featured two barristers in practice in London, Sarah Earley and Sarah Tozzi, both of whom are Reading law graduates.

In April, the School of Law welcomed Mr Roe once again. Students, only days away from final exams, worked on a practical family law problem aimed at building on their existing knowledge posed by the local divorce solicitor. The University of Reading final year law students had to work through a detailed case study and come up with their suggested order for a fictional couple. One student, Hettie Dunkley, commented, "The lecture was really helpful and well received".

Tony Roe said, "It is a great privilege to be invited by the School of Law to talk to the students. Local businesses get a lot out of working with the University staff and I would encourage more to do so. I continue to be impressed by the commitment of the staff and the performance of the students".

Dr Thérèse Callus, Senior Lecturer in Law said, "We are delighted that our students can benefit from the breadth of Tony's practical experience and enthusiasm, which helps to put their learning into context.  His session this year was most timely as the students prepare for their final examinations".

In addition to giving these talks to students, the firm gives an annual prize for the best performance in family law.

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