Meet the team
Pat is the Director of Clinical Legal Education and Employability for the School of Law. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic development of the School’s employability initiatives and experiential learning opportunities, including clinical legal education and placements.
Pat graduated from the University of London with an LLB (Hons), and holds a LLM Law. Originally Pat worked in Central Government and returned to Portsmouth to start a family where she qualified as a teacher and is now a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Having held senior positions in a number of Further Education Colleges, the move into Higher Education allowed Pat to bring with her, among other attributes, a great deal of experience of working with external stakeholders. This allows her to pass on her knowledge and skills to the student community thus providing them with unique insights into working in a diverse range of legal environments therefore enhancing their employability and giving them a clearer focus on their future career choices.
Gemma is a practising solicitor, specialising in Landlord and Tenant Litigation, and has experience as a compliance officer. She has been working with the university as a solicitor supervising the legal advice clinic since its inception four years ago, and together with the team has assisted in developing its structure and building firm links to the local legal and not for profit communities.
Gemma has an LLB (hons) which she completed whilst working in Human Resources for the NHS, and then went on to study the LPC full time at The College of Law, Guildford (now the University of Law). She completed her training contract at a regional law firm in Winchester, spending a year of that in commercial litigation. Gemma has since worked for a Landlord and Tenant practice which became one of the first wave of alternative business structures to be authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
When not working you are most likely to find Gemma playing tennis, running a marathon or chasing around after her two small girls!
Martine is the Practice and Events Administrator for the School of Law, working with the Clinical Legal Education team to support the delivery of the University advice clinics. Martine is often the first port of call for clients contacting the service and is responsible for administering this blog. Martine is a popular member of staff amongst students and was recently thanked publicly for her work with the students in the valedictorian speech of the 2016 law graduates.
Vicki has more than 15 years’ experience in managing not-for-profit advice services and now works alongside the Clinic solicitor and students to deliver our growing advice clinics. Vicki has played a key role in designing and developing the operational aspects of the Clinic, and is particularly interested in social welfare law and employment law, supporting students to provide general advice in these areas. Vicki is responsible for organising and managing the recruitment of students to the Practical Lawyer Unit in Level 5, and for designing the generic online training to prepare students for working with clients in Level 6.
Vicki has a BA (Hons) Social Policy and an LLM Law with current research interest in the educational benefits to students undertaking clinical legal education activities.