Oliver Bennett welcomes guests
The gardens of Trinity House Chapel in De Montfort University were the sunny setting for the annual garden party hosted by Leicester Institute of Legal Practice.
Solicitors, barristers, judges and magistrates were among the guests invited by LILP, which helps train those entering the legal profession.
The party is thrown every year by the school to recognise the support given by the Leicestershire legal community to students. Many solicitors are mentors for students on their courses and firms often offer placements to them during their studies.
Guests were welcomed by Oliver Bennett, principal lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law into historic Trinity House Chapel, which dates from 1331.
He said: “We are lucky enough to enjoy the support of many Leicestershire law firms and this is our annual thank-you to the legal community. Their help and support makes a huge difference to our students learning, they bring real-life experiences to our courses.”
Among the firms represented at the event were Dodds Solicitor, Emery Johnson, Howes Percival, Affinity Law, New Street Chambers, BHW, Nelsons, Jones and Duffin, Thaliwal and Irwin Mitchell. Her Honour Judge Alison Hampton and District Judge Vera Stamenkovich were also invited.
Emma Sharp, paralegal, graduated from DMU in 2011 and now works at Dodds Solicitiors in Friar Lane, Leicester. She said: “I have been back to DMU a couple of times since graduating and this is a nice opportunity to catch up. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and it has played a huge part in my career.”
Another guest was Isabel Wilson, partner at Emery Johnson. She is a mentor for students and a student from the LILP is going to be spending time on placement at the firm during the summer.
Ed Nurse, partner at BHW Solicitors, said: “We are very keen to support the work that DMU does and half the people we employ are DMU graduates.”
Sundip Meghani of Nelsons is a DMU graduate and president of the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society. He said “The university is responsible for my career and my life today and it has been so good to see some of my tutors, such as Graham Hipwell, who was one of the people who changed my life while I was here.”
Posted on Monday 10th June 2013