Visit by Jude Kirton-Darling MEP

We are delighted to be able to welcome a number of visitors to the SLO each year. This occasion was no different. I was part of a group of six SLO students who met Jude Kirton-Darling MEP.

Jude currently directs European trade union work in the areas of energy, industrial policy, environment and health and safety, all key areas for the European Union and the North-East in the years ahead (

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP with SLO students and supervisors

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP (front left) with SLO students and supervisors

We had a great and informative discussion about the work the SLO does. I spoke about our Business & Commercial firms and the type of assistance we have given in the past, such as advising individuals on creating a company and the ways in which they can protect their brand. It was particularly interesting to hear how EU Law impacts upon businesses in our own country. For example an area of the law called ‘EU competition’ allows a company to have the opportunity to establish business across the EU. This is important for many local businesses and particularly good for those businesses who wish to expand beyond borders. So, having Jude visit us allowed us in the SLO to think about these issues and to understand how EU law might benefit businesses. Importantly for us, it allowed us to explore how we can help clients by understanding ‘the bigger picture’.

It was great to meet Jude and understand the work she does in the European Parliament. Having grown up locally (Middlesbrough) she really is an inspiration here at the SLO. We wish her the best in her future career and hope she remains in contact with the SLO!

This blog post was written by Connor Cartledge. Connor is a final year M Law student at Northumbria University who is currently working in a business and commercial firm in Northumbria’s Student Law Office as part of his final year studies. After University he hopes to obtain a Training Contract with a law firm. He has had a good range of experience with international, national and regional law firms.