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Mr Andrew Callaghan

Position: LPC Senior Lecturer
Email Address: AJCallaghan@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6738
Room No: AF21A

Academic Profile

I qualified as a solicitor in 1982. I spent all my life in practice with the same firm, DLA Piper, specialising in commercial litigation and then commercial property related litigation. I was a partner in the firm during the dozen years or so prior to leaving practice in 2000. I led the team acting on behalf of the Ambulance Service at the public inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster.

I am the Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Education here at the School of Law, and am a former Director of both the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course. I have also acted as the Director of Teaching and Deputy Head of the School of Law. I am the Director of Quality Assurance in the Faculty of Social Sciences. I chair the Appeals Committee of the Senate in Fitness To Practice and Progress Appeals, and I chair University Discipline Panels. I have served on a number of other University committees.

I am an external examiner on the GDL at Cardiff University and am a Directorl of Lawcabs which deals with applications to GDL and LPC courses.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Law Society.

I also act, on an occasional basis, as a mediator in commercial disputes.

Qualifications

  • Law Degree: Wadham College, Oxford University
  • Solicitor: 1982
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator: 1994
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching: University of Sheffield

Teaching and Learning

Most of my teaching time is spent on the Legal Practice Course, but I do also teach undergraduates and the GDL students. I try to emphasise the importance of students being able to understand the law, and to be able to use and apply it, rather than simply viewing it in a vacuum.

The modules I teach are:

Legal Practice GDL
Property Law and Practice English Legal System
Litigation and Advocacy Equity and Trusts (Convenor)
Advanced Commercial Litigation (Convenor)
Solicitors Accounts
Professional Conduct
Interviewing and Advising
Writing
Drafting
Advocacy
Practical Legal Research