2012 IP Wales Prize awarded to Vanessa Warrlich

IP Wales Prize 2012The IP Wales Prize was awarded for the first time in 2012 to the LLM student who has achieved the best performance in the Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions. This year's winner was Vanessa Warrlich from Germany.

Following her achievement Vanessa Warrlich commented that ‘I am very happy and feel honoured to have won the IP Wales Student Prize. In addition to my general interest in intellectual property law, this prize encourages me to learn more about and aspire a career in this field.  Doing an LL.M. in International Commercial Law was probably one of the best ideas I had in the last twelve months. It was a great opportunity to enhance my legal knowledge and get insights into the practical application of the field. My courses were very interesting and I enjoyed the lectures and especially the discussions in the seminars. Moreover, it gave me the chance to meet law students from around the world, some of which became good friends.’   

Mr Andrew Beale O.B.E., Director of IP Wales said that  ‘Given the UK Government's assertion that over 70% of the value of a typical company today lies in its intangible assets IP Wales is delighted to encourage the study of intellectual assets management. We are fortunate to have such a worthy winner of this inaugural Prize in Vanessa'

Caption: Mr Andrew Beale presenting Vanessa Warrlich the IP Wales Prize


LLM Alumni Wins Prestigious AIDA Prize

Marsden Susanna  Marsden who completed LLM in International Maritime Law in 2011 with distinction has been announced as the Winner of the AIDA Europe Student Prize for her paper titled " Putting a Premium on Reform: The Impact of the Rotterdam Rules on Shippers and Insurers of Cargo". Susanna will be presenting a summary of her paper to the Marine Working Party Meeting at the AIDA Europe Conference which will be held in London on 13 September 2012.
Susanna was also the Winner of the Ince & Co Prize for achieving the highest grade during her LLM studies at Swansea during the academic year of 2010-11. The Law School is very proud with Susanna's most recent achievement and wishes her all the best in her professional career.

School of Law Careers Fair 2012 Brought LLM Graduates back to Swansea

School of Law Careers Fair 2012 Brought LLM Graduates back to Swansea

On 7th  March 2012, the School of Law hosted its third Annual Careers Fair, with employers including JCP Solicitors, Eversheds, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP and The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Ltd just to name a few. LLM students who attended the event found it to be very enjoyable as well as informative.  A notable feature of the Fair was the number of former Swansea LLM Graduates who are now employed at these leading firms including Jessica Wearing-Evans, James Tian (London P & I Club) and David Williams (Charles Taylor Consulting).  

Jessica Wearing-Evans undertook an internship at The Standard P & I Club as a result of our 2010 Careers Fair and is now a trainee solicitor with Ince & Co LLP. Jessica is currently based in their London Office, having returned from a three months internship in their Shanghai office earlier this year. David Williams completed his LLM in Maritime Law in 2010 with a distinction and was employed straightaway by Charles Taylor Consulting, a leading global provider of management and consultancy services to insurers and insureds across a wide spectrum of industries and activities.

James Tian completed his LLM in International Maritime Law in 2011, and has recently took employment at London P & I Club.      

Commenting on the Fair, Professor Baris Soyer, the Director of Taught Master Schemes, said: ‘The event was a great success and enabled our LLM students to make useful contacts with the representatives of key players in the market. We were also very proud to see several of our graduates employed by the leading international firms coming back to Swansea to represent their employers and offer guidance to our current students. This is a clear indication of the standing that Swansea LLM degrees enjoy in practice. I also wish to thank Dr Jon Howden-Evans, the College Employability Lead, who offered bespoke guidance and support to our LLM students preparing them for the day. We are confident that his involvement will enhance our LLM students’ employability prospects in an increasingly competitive global job market.’        

The success of our students and work of our Academy accurately reflects in the School's ranking in the national tables: the most recent figures on unistats.direct.gov.uk places Swansea University School of Law with a 61% graduate employability score, ranking us at number 13 of all UK law schools and by far the best in Wales (with Cardiff 53%, Bangor 45%, Aberystwyth & Glamorgan 30%).

LLM Students at LLoyd's of London

The School of Law is a corporate member of the British Insurance Law Association (BILA). The corporate membership of the School enables Swansea LLM students to obtain individual membership with the Association at a reduced rate. Students who decide to join the BILA get advantage of BILA's electronic sources on insurance law and also are regularly invited to BILA events throughout the academic year.

On 23 February, a group of Swansea LLM students had the opportunity to attend Derrick Cole Memorial Lecture hosted by the BILA Charitable Trust at the Lloyd's Old Library. On the day, the Swansea delegation not only had a chance to visit the famous Lloyd's Insurance Building but were also fortunate enough to hear the Right Honourable Sir John Thomas (President Queen's Bench Division) talking about the evolving role of insurance brokers. Commenting on his experience on the day, Ioannis Katagas said: "The event was a great opportunity to get an insight of the insurance industry and meet professionals who were friendly and willing to share their experience with us."

LLM Students at LLoyd's of London
A group of LLM students attending the BILA Lecture

LLM Students Represent the Law School at Pan-Wales Law Conference

On 24-26 February 2012 the Welsh Law Schools’ Conference was convened in the picturesque surroundings of Gregynog Hall, in Newtown, mid-Wales. The Conference, convened annually between the various Law Schools of Wales, provided an opportunity for the Swansea LLM students to attend special lectures and socialise with their counterparts from the Law Schools of Aberystwyth, Bangor and Cardiff universities.

A delegation of fifteen students from the LLM programmes attended the conference, alongside postgraduate research students and members of staff from the LLM teaching team.

LLM Students Represent the Law School at Pan-Wales Law Conference
The LLM representatives at the Conference


Lectures were held on a variety of legal subjects, including a significant maritime and commercial law focus, and featuring presentations by a number of speakers from Swansea University, including Professor Mark Stallworthy and Dr. Richard Caddell. Dr Shuangge Wen, who coordinated the Swansea University delegation, observed that the event had been extremely successful, while the students noted that they had strongly welcomed the opportunity to participate at the conference and had greatly enjoyed it. The 2013 event will be will be organised by Swansea University, and we look forward to another successful conference next year.

2012 IISTL Prize Goes to Jaime Albors

Jaime AlborsAt the end of each academic year, the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) awards a Prize to a LLM student submitting the best LLM Research Project as part of their LLM studies. This prestigious Prize is designed to encourage LLM students to produce a research output of highest quality and is open for any Swansea LLM student writing their projects in the realm of international shipping and trade law. The winner of the Prize in 2012 was Jaime Albors who originally hails from Spain. Jaime completed his LLM in International Maritime Law in 2011 at Swansea University. Prior to coming to Swansea Jaime studied Law in Spain at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and also Freie Universität Berlin in Germany.

Jaime is currently working in the Marine and International Transport department of Clyde & Co LLP. Commenting after receiving the award Jaime said “I am very grateful to the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law for the prize. It is an honour for me and I  hope  this is the starting point of a successful carrier in the maritime industry”.

Commenting on Jaime’s achievement, Professor Baris Soyer, Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, said: “Jaime was an exceptional LLM student. He has a solid legal background and has developed himself immensely during his time at Swansea. He is a quick-thinker and problem solver and I have no doubt he will adapt himself to the legal practice with ease. The LLM degrees offered by the Law School are well-known and regarded in shipping, banking and insurance sectors. The courses are taught by internationally recognised experts who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines and are very much practice oriented. I have every confidence that the LLM degree will accelerate Jaime's rise in the legal profession as he joins the elite class of Swansea LLM Alumni which is spread all around the world”.

Two Impressive New Additions to the LLM Teaching Team

The 2011 academic year sees the addition of two additional lecturers to the LLM teaching team, who will reinforce the School’s traditional strength in Commercial and Shipping Law. Dr. George Leloudas, a graduate of the Universities of Athens, Bristol, McGill and Cambridge, joins the School of Law from private practice where he has long-standing experience in air law and cargo litigation. Dr. Leloudas, originally from Greece, will teach primarily on the LLM’s popular options in carriage of goods and marine insurance. Joining Dr. Leloudas within the School of Law’s internationally-renowned Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law will be Dr. Shuangge Wen. Dr. Wen, originally from China, undertook her postgraduate education at the Universities of Nottingham and Manchester, and joins Swansea University from the University of Liverpool. Her main areas of expertise include corporate governance, company law and business ethics. Both new lecturers are set to contribute heavily to the successful LLM programmes at the School of Law and will bring exciting new areas of focus to the current extensive array of postgraduate modules.