Pauline Laidlaw

Position: Senior LPC Lecturer
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Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6819

Academic Profile

I joined the LPC at the University of Sheffield in 1994 having qualified as a solicitor in 1983. Before joining the LPC at Sheffield, I was a partner in a solicitor at Nabarro Nathanson. Prior to joing Nabarros Nathanson I was a partner in a medium sized high street firm. My experience in practice covered both corporate work, including acquisitions, and commercial property work.


  • LLB(Hons) University of Warwick
  • Law Society Finals: College of Law Chester

Teaching and Learning

My teaching is focused mainly on the LPC course; however I also teach 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 GDL
Business Law and Practice (Convenor) Company Law (Convenor)
Wills and Administration of Estates
Acquisitions and Mergers (Convenor)
Professional Conduct
Interviewing and Advising

Professional Activities and Recognition

Member of the Law Society


Co-author of the LPC text "Foundations for the LPC" published by Oxford University Press. This is an LPC course manual with over 2,200 copies being sold each year.