University Legal Services Team

The University's in-house legal services team is based within the Vice-Chancellor’s office.  It provides support and advice on a range of legal matters relating to the University, to its Colleges and Professional Support Services.

Objectives of the team include:

  • Increased accessibility to legal advice within the University
  • To help the University manage and minimise its legal risk
  • To provide or facilitate training and updates to University staff on legal matters

Areas of law that we advise on include:

  • Contracts and Procurement
  • Employment Matters
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Property Contentious Matters
  • Codes of Conduct and Practice
  • Grant funding Matters including State Aid and Audit, working in collaboration with REIS
  • Leases, Licences and other Property Matters
  • All Legal Agreements
  • All General Legal Queries


We aim to provide an efficient and cost-effective service for all legal matters, dealing internally wherever possible and liaising with our external panel solicitors if necessary to ensure a seamless service to Colleges and Professional Services.

To get in touch please e-mail our team at legalservices@swansea.ac.uk or alternatively telephone Trish Davies, Legal Services Assistant: 01792 295516.

Unfortunately the Legal Services Team cannot act on behalf of students. If you are a student and require legal advice the Swansea Students’ Union Advice Centre may however be able to assist you.

The Advice Centre offers a free and confidential advice service.  To make an appointment to see someone at the Students’ Union Advice Centre you can contact the Advice Centre on 01792 295821 or via email on advice@swansea-union.co.uk.

Ceri Bird

Ceri Bird

Head of Legal Services

Ceri is a Practising Solicitor and joined the University in October 2013 as its Legal Adviser; in October 2014 she became the Head of Legal Services Team.  

Prior to joining the University she worked for the City & County of Swansea for ten years and has experience in a variety of legal areas including property, commercial contracts, procurement, employment, equal pay, housing, highways and planning, flood defence, education and charities.

Ceri can be contacted on 01792 29 (5517)

or

You can e-mail her here

Sandra Powis

Sandra Powis

Legal Services Practice Manager

Sandra can be contacted on 01792 60(6582)

or

by e-mail here

Deborah Howell

Deborah Howell

Legal Advisor for Contracts & Procurement

You can contact Deborah at 01792 604958

or

by email here

Rachael Hughes

Rachael Hughes

Legal Advisor - Employment

Rachael can be contacted on 01792 60(6105)

or

by e-mail here

Carly Hagedorn

Carly Hagedorn

Trainee Solicitor 

Carly can be contacted on 01792 602 678

or

by email here

Jessica Lawson

Jessica Lawson

Trainee Solicitor

Jessica can be contacted on 01792 60(4959)

or

by e-mail here

 

Trish Davies

Trish Davies

Legal Services Assistant


Trish can be contacted on 01792 295516

or

by email here

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