Family Law work experience awarded following a year of collaboration with Stowe Family Law


The first year of collaboration between the Law School at University of Gloucestershire and Stowe Family Law has proven to be a great success.  Stowe Family Law is the largest specialist family law firm in the UK with offices located throughout the country, including a local team of divorce solicitors in Cheltenham.  As part of the collaboration, students benefitted from a fascinating guest lecture along with the opportunity for work experience being offered to the student who obtained the highest module grade.    

Experience based learning 

Louise Chipchase, the managing partner of the Stowe Cheltenham office, is highly experienced in representing the financial future and wealth of clients upon divorce and separation, as well as advising on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.  During the interactive and highly-topical session delivered by Louise as part of the Family Law module, students had the opportunity to gain an insight into how the legislative and common law principles on financial remedies are applied in a range of cases.  Perceptive questions from the students demonstrated the value of the guest lecture.  The module tutor for Family Law, Lottie Park-Morton, was pleased to see students utilising the information and insights from the guest lecture in the end of module summative assessment. 

Work Experience Opportunities 

Stowe committed to offering a work experience placement to the student who obtained the highest module mark. This year, Jon Brown attained the highest module mark after producing work of an outstanding standard in the two summative assessments in the module.  Jon is now looking forward to the work experience opportunity; the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic means the opportunity will happen later in the year, but such an experience will be invaluable. 

Speaking about the Family Law module, Jon said: 

The module as a whole was hugely interesting because it didn’t involve looking solely at the law, and instead combined that with a perspective on how this impacted the lives of those involved in it. Louise coming in as a guest lecturer really helped to explain how the theory we were learning in workshops was utilised in practice, and made it more entertaining with her anecdotes and stories! 

The Law School at University of Gloucestershire are delighted to confirm the collaboration with Stowe will continue into the next academic year, offering more students the unique insights and opportunities that arise when the University comes together with local law firms to create the best possible experience for the students. 

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