Our Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies has always been committed to providing LLM students with a well-rounded education, which extends beyond traditional teaching to include a number of extra-curricular activities giving an insight into the shipping industry and commercial legal practice.

To that end, the Department organised a number of visits to leading enterprises within the City of London with a view to enhancing their practical understanding of shipping and insurance practice.

This year Dr Leloudas, using his links in the market, arranged a seminar for a group of LLM students at Marsh Marine in London. Marsh is the biggest insurance broker in the world, with a highly visible presence in the London insurance market. The half-day session focused on the role of insurance brokers in general, and was delivered by Mr. Stephen Harris, the Senior Vice President of Marsh. The seminar was highly interactive, and the students really appreciated the opportunity given to them to get an insight into the practicalities of insurance brokerage.

Marsh Visit (2014)










LLM students and Dr Leloudas with Stephen Harris (Senior Vice President of Marsh) at the Marsh seminar

Another delegation of LLM teaching staff and students visited  the UK Supreme Court and the Lloyd’s Building in the City. First off was a visit to the Supreme Court, where students watched the hearing of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the case of Central Bank of Ecuador v Conticorp SA (on appeal from the Bahamas). Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to observe how the judicial system operates and how justice is served at the highest court of the country. There followed a guided tour of Lloyd's, the world's leading specialist insurance market. The students were accompanied on this tour by our Administrator, Samantha Duffy, a lawyer herself, and the event was led by David Vajnai, one of our LLM graduates who now works for Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management.  David was particularly keen to share his experience with our students, who for their part were also extremely pleased to be offered the chance to taste life after their studies.

A  third group of LLM students was first welcomed by the Standard P&I Club, one of the top mutual insurance associations. Here the students had the opportunity to meet key member of the Club and attend a full introduction to this vital sector of the shipping industry. The presentation was followed by a reception during which the students had the chance to speak directly with members of the firm, gaining further insights into future career opportunities. The next port of call was Lincoln’s Inn, which has played a fundamental role in preparing students for Call to the Bar and their progress to professional competence as barristers for many centuries. The LLM students were given a guided tour of the striking premises, including a visit to the Old Hall, Great Hall and Chapel, during which they were briefed on the history, artwork and the current role of Lincoln’s Inn.

Standard Club (2014)













 LLM students networking at  the Standard Club

The students found all trips to be an extremely rewarding experience, providing them both with a series of important insights into the practice of shipping law and marine insurance, as well as an opportunity to make valuable contacts.

Dr George Leloudas  and Dr Theodora Nikaki, LLM Employability Co-ordinators, commented after the visits: “The Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies is extremely grateful to the City  leading enterprises who  welcomed our LLM students and introduced  them to shipping  insurance and practice. The visits provided an invaluable educational experience to our students and no doubt triggered the interest of some in pursuing a career in the City of London”