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Kate Campbell-Pilling

Position: LPC Lecturer
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Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6887

Academic Profile

I qualified as a Solicitor in 1999. Whilst in private practice I specialised in commercial property.  My experience includes acting for sellers, buyers and lenders in both freehold and long leasehold transactions and acting for landlords and tenants in commercial leasehold transactions, dealing with a variety of properties including high street shops, shopping centre units, industrial units, offices, commercial buildings and development land.  I've also dealt with residential plot sales. I joined the course in 2004.

Kate is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 


  • LLB (Hons): University of Hull
  • Diploma in Legal Practice: University of Sheffield
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching: University of Sheffield
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching and Learning

I am the programme director for the Graduate Diploma in Law, on which I also teach. I also teach on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and at undergraduate level across a variety of programmes.  

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, understanding the client's concerns and providing practical solutions.

The GDL at Sheffield combines the academic skills found in a traditional postgraduate course with transferable skills essential for those seeking a career in the legal profession. Sheffield is the only Russell Group University in England to offer both the GDL and the LPC. We teach in smaller class sizes which allows for a more personal experience and the teaching is designed and delivered by a mixture of traditional academic lecturers, qualified solicitors and staff from other professional backgrounds.

The modules I teach are:

Legal Practice Postgraduate Undergraduate
Property Law and Practice Land Law - GDL (Convenor) Land Law
Commercial Property (Convenor) Commercial Property Law (Convenor)
Solicitors Accounts
Professional Conduct
Practical Legal Research
Interviewing and Advising (Convenor)

Research Interests

Learning and Teaching in particular electronic methods of assessment and feedback and peer assessment and related feedback.

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lecutres

Co-presented Engaging + self marking = effective learning at the University of Sheffield Learning and Teaching Conference in January 2016.

Co-presented Peer and Self Assessment at the HEA Social Sciences Conference in Manchester in December 2015

Co-presented Self and Peer marking at the University of Sheffield Teaching Excellence in Social Science Conference in March 2015

Co-presented The Golden Triangle - Self, Peer and Tutor marking at the University of Sheffield Learning and Teaching Conference in January 2015

Professional Activities and Recognition

  • Member of the Law Society
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • External Examiner for the University of Westminster
  • Director of Training and Committee member of The Client Interviewing Competition