Manchester Metropolitan University

Presiding High Court Judge speaks to Law School students

The Honourable Mr Justice Dove visited Manchester Law School and gave a talk to law students, staff and alumni

Mr Justice Dove with Manchester Law School students

Mr Justice Dove with Manchester Law School students

Manchester Law School welcomed The Hon. Mr Justice Dove on Thursday 30 January, to give an insight into his role and career.

The Hon. Mr Justice Dove has had a celebrated legal career. After being called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1986, he has been Judge of the High Court of Justice since 2014 and is now the Lead Presiding High Court Judge of the Northern Circuit in England and Wales.

With nearly 100 guests in attendance, The Hon. Mr Justice Dove discussed his role and his educational background; speaking powerfully about his journey from a comprehensive school in Northampton. Mr Justice Dove also spoke of the role of students in law, the role of the judiciary and the importance of having diversity in all aspects of the legal sector. Students who came to listen to Mr Justice Dove came from a range of Law School courses including the undergraduate LLB, Legal Practice Course (LPC), Law Masters (LLM) and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

This was the first key event of the year held at Manchester Law School, which is celebrating 50 years since its first law students graduated. This event marked the start of these celebrations, which will continue throughout the academic year, as the Law School reflects on its achievements as well as looking towards the future.

Professor Andrew Francis, Head of Manchester Law School, said: “This is a really exciting time for the School, as we prepare to mark 50 years since our first law students graduated.”

“I was delighted to have welcomed The Hon. Mr Justice Dove to speak to our students and staff, as his insights complement the practice insights which are such a key part of our vibrant and creative Law School. The keynote speech from Mr Justice Dove was a really powerful, inspiring and fascinating experience for our students and will undoubtedly energise them in the rest of their studies and beyond.”

Anthony Huddersman, Deputy District Civil Judge and Senior Lecturer at Manchester Law School, added: “Being able to offer this fantastic opportunity to hear Mr Justice Dove speak about the real life challenges of law, and the importance of his role in the local area, helps to reinforce the importance of the issues we explore with our students. It was fantastic to hear them reflecting on the connections between what they have studied and the cases he discussed. The event also reinforces the value that the Law School places on having strong links with the local legal sector and our wider community.”

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