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Dr Caroline Gibby


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Head of Law, Principal Tutor and Team Leader

I graduated from Liverpool University with an LLB Hons and decided that Law was not for me - training as an accountant in London. However, it soon became clear that I preferred the challenges of law and embarked on my professional exams at the College of Law in Guildford. I then progressed to firms in Luton and Milton Keynes where I qualified as a solicitor - working in Commercial Property, Wealth Management and private client areas. While training, I also taught on Professional and Higher Education courses.

I progressed to become a partner in a firm in the Midlands where I worked as a General Practitioner and Litigator focusing on family and vulnerable client matters in particular.

Fast forward to today, I moved from Northumbria University where I was a Senior Lecturer and Solicitor Tutor, teaching on a range of academic and professional programmes including the LPC-Employment Law, Land and Wills and Probate and BPTC- ADR and Professional Ethics.

I hold a PGCE and I'm a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Society for Legal Scholars. My Doctorate was awarded by Newcastle University and focused on the Influence of Policy and Practice on Higher Education focusing on Clinical Legal Education.


Teaching and supervision

  • I am currently Module Leader for:
  • Business Law 
  • Legal Skills, Employability and Placements 
    • LPC  Masters Dissertation
  • I am interested in supervising students with interests in:
  • Legal Education - teaching and learning, pedagogy
  • Transnational Higher Education practices with focus on professional education - looking at the teaching of Ethics
  • Technology and Digital transformation within the legal service sector

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests include:
  • Development within Higher Education - influence of policies and practices on critical concepts 
  • Professional Ethics and conduct, vulnerable clients with a focus on social justice and social welfare rights
  • Diplomacy and impact of International Conventions 

Research

My research interests include:
  • Clinical legal education with specific interest in addressing the needs of vulnerable clients 
  • Wellbeing within Legal Education
  • Access to Justice and the implications of legal education reform 
  • Digital technology and legal practice 
  • Diplomacy and international law 
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Wills, Probate and Succession 
I am a member of various organisations such as LERN which is a network designed to support the development and enhancement of legal education within the UK and other jurisdictions. As a practising solicitor within the Law Clinic, this also gives me a real insight into both students needs but also a wider awareness of the value of community legal education. 

Outside university, I like to watch sports and Star Trek in all its guises. I enjoy walking and History - especially looking at texts on battle strategies. I enjoy travelling - often focused on Italy or France but have been known to venture to California too!

Last updated 18 January 2020