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High-profile judges provide career tips for Westminster Law School students

Law 30 January 2015

Nine high-profile judges discussed their career paths and major influences with Westminster Law School students at the Judges’ Panel Discussion and Networking Event on 20 January 2015.

After an opening speech by Head of Westminster Law School, Elizabeth Duff, the judges gave an overview of their careers and shared advice concerning judicial roles. The event, which was held at the Little Titchfield Street campus, was followed by a question-and-answer session where the judges provided guidance on ethical dilemmas and gaining work placements.

Shadowing opportunities were also raised at the event to provide law students with practical experience to improve their employability. The judges then joined the subsequent networking reception where students had the chance to talk to them while enjoying canapés and champagne. 

All the judges involved in the event are either alumni of the University of Westminster or they have educational connections with the University. 

Caroline Hamilton, Chief Parking and Road Traffic Adjudicator for London, told students: "If you follow my example all you have to do is to keep going and then you can achieve. I don’t give up and that’s how you achieve." 

She continued: “One of the ways to have a stable income is to achieve a judicial appointment and, looking at the different types of people that we have here, it's something that is an open opportunity for all sorts of people to take up. So don’t ever think that ‘no, I cannot do that!’ Yes, you can do that! We are certainly living examples that you can do that."

District Judge Philip Gillibrand, who deals with crime and family and who is also a Diversity and Community Relations Judge, further encouraged the student audience to live up to their potential: “What really matters tonight is you and your careers, and how you go about tackling it. Whatever your background, whatever your problems, this is an inclusive society and that’s why (with District Judge Tan Ikram who also participated at the event) we work together as Diversity and Community Relations Judges. We want you all to be involved in the legal profession, involved in the judiciary. Be determined. Seize the day. Give it a good go. Don’t give up. If you are confronted with a failure, try again. And try again after that.”

Attending judges included:

• The Honourable Mr Justice Richard Arnold
• Her Honour Judge Jane Probyn
• Godfrey Cole, former Dean of the Polytechnic of Central London (the predecessor to Westminster Law School), Tribunal Judge, Judge of Upper Tribunal
• District Judge Philip Gillibard
• Henry Michael Greenslade, Lead Adjudicator Parking on Private Land Appeals
• Caroline Hamilton, Chief Parking and Road Traffic Adjudicator for London
• District Judge (MC) Tan Ikram, Deputy Lead Diversity and Community Relations Judge
• His Honour Judge Philip Sycamore
• Her Majesty’s Coroner Andrew Walker
Westminster Law School provides legal education in the heart of London. Our modern facilities, including a recently refurbished law library and lecture theatre, are based at the University of Westminster's Little Titchfield Street campus. 

Our graduates go on to very successful careers as barristers and advocates, solicitors, clerks and officers of court, legal executives and paralegals. They have gone on to work for some of the UK’s leading legal services providers including Allen & Overy, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Addleshaw Goddard, Hodge Jones & Allen, Weightmans and Ropes & Gray. Our graduates also pursue careers in accountancy, the Civil Service, education and government.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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