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Who am I?
Who am I?
Emma qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and practised primarily in the fields of Family Law and Private Client, in addition to becoming an Accredited Family Mediator. She joined the University of Huddersfield in 2000, initially as the in-house Legal Officer and, in 2002, moved into the Huddersfield Law School as a Senior Lecturer, becoming Director of Legal Practice and Head of Professional Studies in 2004. Emma joined Manchester Law School in 2015 as Associate Head of School. Emma’s LLM research focused on Gender Discrimination within Family Law (Divorce Finance). She is currently pursuing a PhD, her research focusing on improving outcomes for children in the care system set against the current background of performance measures within the Family Justice system. Emma’s pedagogical research has centred on the development of a virtual transactional learning environment utilising authentic case studies, for which she has led successful internal funding applications.
Emma has worked with the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority for a number of years in various quality assurance roles. She has been a Solicitors’ Regulation Authority External Examiner to BPP University, University of Law, Cardiff Law School and Northumbria Law School, in addition to sitting on the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority Authorisation and Validation Panel. Emma was Institutional Lead External Examiner at Nottingham Law School from 2009-2014.
Emma is currently the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority Chief Assessor for Family Law in England and Wales. She also holds an external examining position at Sheffield Hallam University and acts as External Assessor to the Institute of Licensed Conveyancers.
In 2012, Emma was appointed to the post of Chair of the West Yorkshire Local Family Justice Board, where she also chairs both the public and private Child Law Performance Sub-groups.
Emma is Associate Head of the Law School. She has executive responsibility for the Law School’s programmes, and strategic responsibility for Internationalisation, the student experience, quality assurance of programmes (including teaching and assessment) and curriculum based employability. She is jointly responsible for planning and chairing the Extended Senior Management Team Committee within the Law School.
Emma’s teaching expertise includes: Family and Child Care Law, Wills, Probate and Law of the Elderly Client and Legal Writing skills.
Emma is a member of the Law School Senior Management Team, the Faculty of Business Management Group, the Faculty Internationalisation Group, the Faculty Associate Heads’ Group and the Faculty Academic Quality and Standards Committee.
Academic and professional qualifications
Bachelor of Laws (LLB Honours) (University of Sheffield)
Solicitors Finals (College of Law at Chester)
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of Huddersfield)
Master of Laws (LLM Distinction) (University of Huddersfield)
Accredited Family Mediator
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Current work in progress
Seagreaves, E. (2013) ‘Performance Management: Study of a ‘Focus’ Local Family Justice Board.’ Presented at National Family Justice Board Conference, Leeds, UK, April 2013.
Pescod, V. and Seagreaves, E. (2012) ‘Family Law: the move from traditional delivery/assessment into a ‘new age’.’ In: 47th Annual Conference of the Association of Law Teachers, (Re)assessing Legal Education, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, UK, April 2012.
Pescod, V. and Seagreaves, E. (2012) ‘Is it time to remove the examination as the only form of subject assessment in legal practice education?’ In: 47th Annual Conference of the Association of Law Teachers, (Re)assessing Legal Education, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, UK, April 2012.
Pescod, V. and Seagreaves, E. (2009) ‘E-Learning for legal professionals in the ‘virtual’ workplace: adapting the Penfield system.’ In: 44th Annual Conference of the Association of Law Teachers, Legal Education: Extending the Boundaries, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 2009.
Pescod, V. and Seagreaves, E. (2008) ‘E-Learning for legal professionals in the ‘virtual’ workplace: adapting the Penfield system.’ In: University of Huddersfield Teaching & Learning Conference, Enhancing Learning: Technology by Design, University of Huddersfield, UK, September 2008.