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Clare Firth

Position: Director of the Legal Practice Course
Email Address: C.Firth@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6814
Room No: AF16


Academic Profile

I joined the LPC at the University of Sheffield in 1994 having qualified as a solicitor in 1984. Before joining the LPC at Sheffield, I was a partner in a private practice firm and was head of the wills, probate and trust department and the financial services department. Immediately after qualification I advised clients in all areas of law. I later specialised in private client work. My experience includes drafting wills, acting on the administration of estates, advising on the creation and administration of trusts and settlements, acting for elderly clients, Court of Protection work and acting on residential and commercial property matters.

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons): University of Sheffield
  • Solicitors Finals: College of Law, Guildford
  • Diploma in Taxation: De Montfort University

Teaching and Learning

My teaching is focused mainly on the LPC course; however I also teach at undergraduate level and on the GDL.

The emphasis at Sheffield on the LPC is on learning by doing. Most of the time spent in teaching sessions will require the student to put their legal skills and knowledge into practice in a series of practical tasks and activities. Teaching on the LPC is in workshop sessions in groups of up to 18. Typically the students are split into small groups of 3 to 4 and are asked to undertake such tasks as brain-storming, team-working, problem-solving, role-playing and presenting. We believe that this ensures that the student achieves the requisite knowledge and understanding to be able to do the job of a day one trainee.

It is important that in these sessions the client is placed at the centre of the problem, understand the client's concerns and provide practical solutions.

The modules I teach are:

Legal Practice Postgraduate Undergraduate
Property Law and Practice Equity and Trusts - GDL Equity and Trusts
Wills and Administration of Estates (Convenor)
Private Client (Convenor)
Professional Conduct
Interviewing and Advising

Professional Activities and Recognition

  • Member of the Law Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Key Publications

Books

  • Firth CG, Smart E, Wright K, Crompton L, Fox H, Seabridge F & Wigglesworth S (2016) Foundations for the LPC 2016-2017. Oxford: Oxford University Press.