Florian and Siddhartha are the Winners of This Year’s LLM Mooting Competition

Mooting June 2011 003Two current LLM students, Siddhartha Sankar and Florian Schacker achieved success in the 2011 LLM Mooting Competition. Mooting has continued to go from strength to strength at Swansea with huge support from an ever increasing number of students wishing to take their advocacy to the next level. This year has seen a number of successes for the Mooting Society which has organised the largest ever competition at the undergraduate level with over 120 teams taking part, and for the first time has created a LLM Mooting Competition exclusively for postgraduate taught students. The LLM Mooting Competition started in October with 12 teams participating and eventually the team composed of Siddharta and Floarian winning the competition in March. The teams mooted on wide variety of topics from a wide sphere of commercial law, shipping, to some cases of tort, and criminal law. On behalf of the Society, Mrs Clare Hepworth, and Mr David Turner provided leadership in terms of organisation and management and two local barristers, Mr Andrew Perkins, and Miss Katie Walmsley, contributed by providing assistance in terms of judging the events.

Commenting after receiving the award Siddhartha Sankar Paul "My joys knew no bounds when my team was declared mooting champion for 2011. I consider this as a very big achievement which will give me a lot of courage and boost to deal with big issues in the court of law." Siddharta is from Bangladesh and is currently completing his LLM in International Maritime Law. Florian Schacker, who hails from Germany and is currently completing his LLM  in International Commercial and Maritime Law, added that ‘Taking part in the Masters Mooting Competition was an invaluable experience which allowed me to approach a case from a different angle in that I could argue the case for the parties rather than on the "advise the parties" style seen in exams and coursework.’

Commenting on the success of the first LLM mooting competition, Professor Soyer, the Director of Taught Master Students, thanked all students who took part and the Mooting Society for extending its activities to taught masters level. He finished by saying: ‘Our LLM programmes attract gifted students from all around the world and it is great to see them developing not only their understanding on marine and commercial law but also enhancing their debating and advocacy skills whist at Swansea. I have no doubt we shall see both Siddharta and Florian contributing to the development of the law in the years to come whichever part of the world they decide to practice at.’


Top achiever gets dream international maritime law career

Francis LibertA Swansea University Law student has accomplished his dream of a career in international maritime and commercial law and has also won a prize for his academic achievement. Twenty six year old Francis Libert was awarded his LLM in International Maritime Law at Swansea’s School of Law and has also been named as the winner of the annual Institute of Shipping and Trade Law’s Prize, which is given to the student that submits the best LLM project. Prior to coming to Swansea, Francis studied law in his native Belgium, first graduating as a Bachelor of Law in 2007 and then graduating with a Masters in Law in 2009.  Francis then decided to come to Swansea to study for his LLM in International Maritime Law due to the quality and reputation of the course.

Commenting on Francis’ achievement, Professor Baris Soyer, Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law said: “Francis is a determined and hard-working individual who has managed to develop his legal understanding considerably in the course of his LLM studies at Swansea but also contributed immensely to the learning experience of his peers whilst studying at Swansea."

Francis now works as a marine broker at the prestigious firm Concordia in Ghent, in Belgium. After receiving his award Francis said, “The prize really came as a surprise to me.  I feel deeply honoured, especially when you know that the prize is awarded by a well known institute in the UK marine academic sector, and it makes my graduation extra special.  I am pleased that my efforts are recognised, but is must have been a close call as I know many of my fellow classmates have put a lot of effort in their LLM reports as well.”


The School of Law Hosts its Annual LLM Careers Fair in March 2011

On 30th March 2011, the School of Law hosted its annual LLM Careers Fair, with the participation of a wide range of firms and other organisations drawn from across the sector of maritime and commercial law.  As with previous years, this was a highly successful event and was attended by over 100 postgraduate students.  The Careers Fair enabled students to meet and discuss their future aspirations with representatives from an array of local and international law firms, specialising in the fields of shipping, trade, commercial, intellectual property, business, finance and insurance, as well as a number of P & I clubs.  The representatives from the firms gave valuable advice to our students on the recruitment process and provided a series of helpful insights and contacts.

Commenting on her experience of the Careers Fair Viktoria Boldycheva, who is currently studying for an LLM in International Maritime Law, said: ‘the Fair enabled us to make useful contacts with representatives of the human resources departments of these international organisations. I have no doubt that this will give Swansea LLM students an advantage when we make contact with them in future regarding job opportunities in their organisations.  And, of course, I feel privileged that all these busy people actually came a long way to meet us and answer our questions. I always had a feeling that coming to Swansea was the right move for me. After the Fair, I realised the respect such organisations hold for Swansea graduates ’

LLM students at the Careers Fair

LLM students at the Careers Fair

Professor Baris Soyer, Director of Taught Masters’ Schemes, said:the purpose of organising this event was to create an opportunity for our LLM students to discuss their plans and prospects and to learn more about how employers view recruitment and business development in the immediate and longer term. I am confident that  some students will also get the opportunity to secure internships and training contracts by using the links they have made on the day. Feedback from the law firms and other exhibitors on their impressions of our students was very positive and I have no doubt that this event will prepare our students very effectively for the job market’.

One of the exhibitors, Emma McAvinchey, who represented Hill Dickinson at the LLM Career Fair, described her experience in the following manner: ‘A perfect opportunity for maritime law firms to meet students from one of the few International Trade and Shipping Institutes in the country’.


Professor Andrew Tettenborn presents his inaugural lecture on ‘Bad Contracts’

10 Mar Andrew Tettenborn lectureOn March 3rd 2011, Professor Andrew Tettenborn, who joined the School in September 2010, delivered his inaugural lecture, entitled ‘Bad Contracts’ focusing on the treatment of defective contracts in English and some other European legal systems.

Professor Tettenborn holds a chair in private and commercial law at the School of Law at Swansea University, having recently joined the university from the Universities of Exeter (Bracton Professor of Law 1996-2010), Cambridge (Lecturer and Fellow of Pembroke College 1979-1996) and Nottingham. In the past he has also held visiting positions at the universities of Melbourne, Connecticut and Case Law School, Cleveland, Ohio.

He is well known in both common law and continental European jurisdictions, and is author or co-author of a number of books on torts, damages and maritime law (some of which have been cited by the highest courts) which establish him as a leading authority in private and commercial field. In addition he has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of common law, commercial law and restitution.

The lecture which he presented in March was very well attended and those invited included the Vice-Chancellor, members of the University and others. The lecture ‘Bad Contracts’ was based on its thesis, a radical suggestion that the ever-troublesome distinction drawn in English law between void and voidable contracts served little if any useful purpose and could profitably be suppressed.

Following the lecture Professor Jukka Snell (Deputy Head of the School of Law) commented that ‘What Professor Andrew Tettenborn brought to the discussion today, and what I found particularly fascinating, was a deep understanding of the other European systems, and a real willingness to engage with them in search for a satisfactory solution.’


The Director of the LLM in Business Law joins Capital Law as an IP Consultant

Andrew Beale O.B.E., the Director of the new LLM in Business Law,  joined  Capital Law in the role of IP Consultant, becoming an integral part of a complete corporate and commercial service for clients. Beale will offer valuable expertise to Capital Law’s already established service headed by Nicola McNeely a partner at Capital Law. Beale will be responsible for advising on all aspects of intellectual property for clients of Capital Law.

Previously a Consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization (a specialist Agency of the United Nations based in Geneva), Beale has achieved considerable success in raising the profile of intellectual property internationally and within the Welsh knowledge economy.

Professor Noel Thompson, Pro Vice Chancellor at Swansea University, said: "Andrew Beale’s appointment as IP Consultant with Capital Law further strengthens the strong working relationships that exist between Swansea University School of Law and the legal profession; delivering mutual benefits for the academic and practitioner in the fast-developing field of Intellectual Property, while ensuring that Wales continues to attract and retain top quality students and specialists committed to this critical area of legal activity."

McNeely, a partner at Capital Law said, said: "Andrew will further boost Capital Law’s team of already accomplished intellectual property lawyers.  We’ve seen increased importance placed on protection of intellectual property by our clients so his appointment reflects growing demand for this type of service.   Andrew has worked hard to raise levels of awareness and understanding of intellectual property around Wales and we look forward to a long and mutually constructive partnership."

Beale said: "I am looking forward to putting my knowledge and experience of intellectual assets management and transactions at the disposal of Capital Law clients."

New LL.M. in International Business Law for September 2011

The Law School is  delighted to announce the introduction of new Masters Programme in International Business Law. Whereas our existing Programme in International Commercial Law places an emphasis on trade and broader commercial responsibilities our new offering will be focused on the practical difficulties experienced by international business. The new Programme, whilst offering a broad spectrum of International Business Law modules also allows for specialisation in new and dynamic issues such as the law relating to the intangible assets of the business such as trademarks, patents and copyright. The Programme will not only have appeal to the aspiring practising lawyer looking for a high level career in an international law firm or multinational company but also for legal advisers to small/medium sized enterprises. Applicants will require a good undergraduate degree either in law or a closely related discipline.

The LLM in International Business Law is divided into two parts. Part I comprises the taught element, which is worth a total of 120 credits (60 ECTS credits). Students are required to take 4 modules with at least two options drawn from International Intellectual Property Law, Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions, Company Law in a Comparative Context or Transnational Credit and Security Law. The additional modules available to students are E-Commerce Law, European Competition Law, International Litigation and Arbitration Law.

Assessment for Part I modules will be by an equally weighted combination of coursework and examinations. In addition, there will be a compulsory research skills course in the first semester designed to offer students guidance with research preparation. Part II consists of two supervised research projects on agreed topics relating to International Business Law of not more than 20,000 words in total.

The introduction of this new and innovative LLM degree is yet another indication of the depth of expertise that is available within the School of Law. Swansea Law School is one of the largest providers of specialised LLM programmes in the realm of international maritime, trade, commercial and business law. 

For further information please contact Andrew Beale O.B.E. (Programme Director) Email: a.j.beale@swansea.ac.uk Tel: +44 1792 295472

Internationally Renowned Commercial Law Expert Joins the Swansea LLM degrees

TettenbornAttracted by the School of Law's rapid rise to the status of one of the foremost commercial law faculties in the United Kingdom, the School is delighted to announce that Professor Andrew Tettenborn has joined it from the University of Exeter as a professor of private and commercial law. Professor Tettenborn, who is well-known both in common law and continental European jurisdictions, is author, co-author or editor of a number of books on torts, damages and maritime law, notably Clerk & Lindsell on Torts, Marsden on Collisions at Sea, The Law of Damages in the Butterworths Common Law Series, and Fleming on Torts. He has in addition published numerous journal articles and book chapters on aspects of common law, commercial law and restitution (some of which have been cited by the highest courts) which establish him as a leading authority in the private and commercial field.

Professor Tettenborn has previously taught at the universities of Exeter (Bracton Professor of Law 1996-2010), Cambridge (Lecturer and Fellow of Pembroke College 1979-1996) and Nottingham. He has in addition held visiting positions at the universities of Melbourne, Connecticut and Case Law School, Cleveland, Ohio.  His appointment at Swansea will mark not only a reinforcement of the commercial side of the undergraduate LLB programme, but also a further strengthening of its established LLM programmes in iinternational trade, commercial and maritime law, already well-known and respected by shipping, insurance and banking lawyers and attracting top-quality students from all around the world.


New Modules for the LLM degrees in Commercial Law

The Law School offers specialised LLM Programmes in Maritime, International Trade and Commercial Law. These programmes attract students from all around the world and they are regarded very highly by prospective employers operating in the shipping, trade, insurance and banking sectors. Currently 14 modules are on offer to students studying at Swansea University for their LLM degrees. As from 2010-11, the Law School will give students the opportunity to follow two new specialised modules in the realm of commercial law. Company Law in A Comparative Context will seek to explore the underlying purpose for company regulation in the modern business environment and to consider the way that this area of law increasingly transcends jurisdictions as a result of international trade and the breaking down of barriers by virtue of advances in technology.  This module will consider these jurisdictional issues by reference to regulation as in the EU and US, identifying common issues and convergence, and where there is divergence, how the basic problems are addressed and what this means for the company concerned and its stakeholders. The other new module, Law of Intellectual Assets Management and Transactions, will explore the legal nature of intangible assets of a company from an international perspective; the changing innovation environment within which they need to be managed within a global context; the different ways in which the law may be used to protect product/service differentiation from business competitors and the application of the criminal law to on-line trading within the global market place.

New LLM Lecturer Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Jon Howden EvansDr Jon Howden-Evans has been honoured by the University with an award for distinguished teaching. The award is particularly gratifying given that nominations for the award are initiated by students.  Dr Jon Howden-Evans is part of the team delivering the new LLM module “Company Law in a Comparative Context”, from October 2010, which will explore company regulation in the modern business environment and consider the way that this area of law increasingly transcends jurisdictions. This module is expected to be a popular one and it certainly adds a new dimension to the LLM Programme in International Commercial Law.  Jon has wide ranging experience of all aspects of company law advice and transactions, having worked as a solicitor with Eversheds and Morgan Cole, advising a variety of clients ranging from SME’s to major UK plc’s.  He has also prepared a number of Training Workshops for corporate clients (including retailers, utility companies, legal service providers).