Partnership brings benefits for legal professionals

Medway Council and Kent Law School at the University of Kent have joined forces to ensure lawyers and legal advisors are up to speed on new developments in the law.

The new partnership will offer professional training and seminars to students at KLS, and the council’s team of lawyers, all of who require on-going professional training throughout their careers.

The first partnership seminar takes place on Thursday, 19 July at the Pilkington Lecture Theatre at the Universities of Medway campus.

Professor Nick Grief, Director of Legal Studies at the Kent Law School, will host the event with one of his colleagues David Radlett providing an introductory overview as an academic of the area of covert surveillance.

The seminar will update the attendees on the developments in the covert surveillance law, which includes the introduction of judicial approval being obtained before surveillance can take place. Court approval for covert surveillance is expected to start in November.

Medway Council was recently given a clean bill of health, after an inspection by the Office of the Surveillance Commissioner. One of the outcomes of the inspection was the need for officers who want to use covert techniques and the authorising officers to have regular training.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact Cllr Mike O’Brien said: “KLS are producing law graduates of the future and so it is important that we should not miss the opportunity to build relationships with them and the magistrates court.

“These seminars will bring together Medway and Kent colleagues to share best practice and the wealth of knowledge that is on our doorstep. Working with the university makes real sense, and also helps to keep training costs down, which is beneficial to everyone involved.”

Professor Nick Grief, Director of Legal Studies at University of Kent at Medway’s Kent Law School, said: “When I was approached by Medway Council with the idea of collaborating on a training initiative, I was delighted, and eager to get involved.

“This partnership will allow KLS to demonstrate the impact of academic study on the local community but also improve our students’ employability in the future. Both these aspects were important factors for us in this partnership.”

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