Law school scores hat-trick

Awards host Brian Moore, former England Rugby Union player and City litigation partner, with staff from UCLans Lancashire Law School.
Awards host Brian Moore, former England Rugby Union player and City litigation partner, with staff from UCLans Lancashire Law School.
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University bosses are on top form after winning a major award.

The Preston-based University of Central Lancashire’s Law School has won a highly commended prize at a prestigious industry awards.The school beat off stiff competition from UK universities to receive the highly commended trophy for the Solicitors Journal Legal Education Provider of the Year.

Jane Anthony, head of the Lancashire Law School, attended the black tie ceremony, in London, with academics from the university’s undergraduate and postgraduate law courses.

She said: “I felt completely delighted, thrilled and incredibly proud when our name was read out.

“It was a great achievement to make the shortlist of five and so to receive the highly commended award is absolutely wonderful.”

Jane added: “ What makes this even better is the external recognition it brings.

“The sector leading Solicitors Journal is the biggest journal for solicitors in the country so for the University to be winning an award on this professional platform is marvellous.”

“We spend a lot of time asking how can we improve what we offer to our students but this is an award which says we’re doing a fabulous job. It’s just fantastic.”

The judging panel said: “A clear focus on alternative dispute resolution and mediation demonstrates the School’s understanding of changes within the profession and its gradual shift away from litigation. Its work trying to increase diversity and social mobility was highlighted by the judges.”

The Law School was recently shortlisted for the Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards ‘Best Contribution by a Law School’ and student Phoebe Dearden scooped the Best Student Mediator prize at the International Mediation Competition.