A brief catch up

This week we catch up with Emma Linden. Emma is a former MLaw student who spent the final year of her degree working in the business law clinic in the Student Law Office under the supervision of Elaine Campbell. During her time in the Student Law Office Emma advised clients on a range of issues including intellectual property protection and corporate governance. Emma tells us what she has been up to since graduating from the MLaw degree in 2013. She said:

“After graduating from the MLaw degree I had still not decided what career path to choose for myself. I wanted to see the world and decided to book myself a one way flight to New Zealand. My qualification made me very desirable to a variety of employers and as such, I was offered a job at a top University to carry out some project work. The job required somebody with a legal background but they did not have to be a fully qualified solicitor. This opened my eyes to the variety of jobs that are available if you decide not to pursue a training contract.

When the project finished I decided to try my hand at something completely different and I gained employment working on a ski resort and skiing all winter. After this I worked on a boat and was on the water all summer.

Now that I have returned back to the UK my travelling has been the talking point of all my interviews. In fact, my interviewers have spent 50-75% of the slot talking about what I had experienced and the things I had seen! So don’t be afraid to go travelling and do something crazy before you decide on your chosen career path. I have received job offers within a month of being back in the UK and because of my experiences I believe this is why my interviews went so well!”

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Emma currently works at Axiom Law as an Administration Coordinator. We wish Emma all the best for the future.

We are always pleased to hear what our former students are getting up to. If you would like to get in touch, please email us at la.studentlawoffice@northumbria.ac.uk.


Open for business

It’s approaching that time of year when the summer draws to a close and we get ready to welcome new students to the business law clinic for the year ahead.

At the Student Law Office, our students are exposed to working with real clients under the supervision of qualified solicitors. Normally, our students are able to advise business owners and entrepreneurs in relation to a range of issues, including the following:

  •  Choosing an appropriate business structure: we can advise about the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a partnership or a limited company. We are also able to guide you through the process of incorporation.
  • Website health checks: we can ensure you are displaying appropriate disclaimers on your website. We may also be able to prepare terms of use, privacy policies and cookie policies for your website.
  • Intellectual Property: would you like to know more about copyright? Are you unsure whether to use your new logo? Have you received a worrying letter saying that you have infringed someone else’s IP? These are all issues which our students have advised clients about in the past.
  • Consumer rights and developments in legislation: the law relating to the provision of goods/services to consumers is changing. We can advise you about those changes and make suggestions as to how you can change your terms and conditions to ensure compliance.
  • Corporate governance: we can advise on directors’ and/or trustees’ duties, the rules and procedures that companies need to adhere to, and advice on Companies House filings.

This list is not exhaustive and we are always interested in hearing from people who may require our assistance.

We will be taking new enquiries from the end of September. If you feel that you may benefit from the assistance of our students, please submit an enquiry by clicking here or alternatively by calling us on 0191 227 3909. Of course, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide you with advice, as this will depend on the nature of your enquiry and the capacity of our students.