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Joanne Devlin

Solicitor Advocate - Local Authority

After graduating at DMU, I commenced the LPC there. During the course, I gained work experience within a high street firm which included assisting with the preparation of files to shadowing at court. The experience provided me with a useful insight into the daily activities of private practice lawyers.

On completion of the LPC, I became a paralegal in a local commercial firm where I trained and qualified as a solicitor. I then moved to London to work for a Local Authority. There I continue to enjoy the diversity of the work involved which ranges from employment, education, planning, housing and property services, constitutional issues and contract procurement.

Primarily my specialism lies within criminal litigation whereby I prepare and conduct a variety of criminal prosecutions. This often includes preparing and conducting advocacy in the Magistrate’s Court ranging from failure to comply with planning enforcement requirements and breaches of health and safety legislation through to benefit fraud prosecutions.

Recently, I have obtained my Higher Rights qualification which allows me to exercise rights of audience in the higher courts in the same way as a barrister.

During my time at DMU I engaged in extra-curricular activity such as mooting and I thoroughly enjoyed the practicalities that can be learned from the Lawyering skills module.

I believe that the support and encouragement provided by DMU in addition to my work experience has provided me with the skills and ability to pursue my legal career and continue to develop as a Local Authority lawyer. 

 
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