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Legal Practice Conversations

Legal Practice Conversations offers students the opportunity to meet solicitors and barristers, providing students with first-hand insight into how law works in practice – beyond case law and textbooks!

In each event, the invited solicitor or barrister discusses a reported case they advocated in and offers advice to students looking to pursue a career in practising law.

This initiative reflects a commitment by the school to extend its existing links with the profession in order to complement the teaching of law by academics and to provide students with an opportunity to ask questions about working in the law.

Students also benefit from the School of Law's 'Visiting Lawyer' initiative. Click here for current visiting lawyers.

These events are open to Birkbeck students and alumni. They are free to attend, however booking is required via the links below.

Upcoming events

Julia Gasparro (Spring Term 2017) - Friday 2 March 2018, 18.30 - 20.30pm

Julia Gasparro is a respected practitioner in the fields of family, immigration and human rights law. She specialises in children law and is one of few barristers whose expertise covers these three disciplines. She has significant expertise in care proceedings particularly those where there is an international and/or immigration issues. Recently Julia has been instructed in matters which concern the repatriation of children to relatives outside the European Union. Before qualifying as a lawyer, Julia worked with adults with either mental health and/or learning disabilities, and she has retained a strong interest in representing such vulnerable clients at court.

Julia will be talking with Daniel Monk (Professor of Law at the School of Law, Birkbeck) about her career and the day-to-day life of working as a barrister.

The conversation will also focus on a recent case in which Julia was instructed to act by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI). In the case the court held that the grant of asylum operated as an absolute bar to a child being returned to an alternative jurisdiction. F v M and another [2017] EWHC 949 (Fam)

For media coverage of the case see here.

This event is open to Birkbeck students and alumni. It is free, however booking is required here. Please note that latecomers may not be admitted.