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Leeds Law School welcomes top barrister for guest lecture


A leading lawyer will reveal insights into life as a top barrister at a free guest lecture at Leeds Beckett University’s Leeds Law School.

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Caroline Goodwin QC, Chair of the Criminal Bar Association, has worked on all aspects of defence and prosecution cases ranging from murder and terrorism to infant death and conspiracy.

As part of Leeds Law School’s Law in Practice series, Caroline – who works from Trinity Chambers in Newcastle and is also a sitting Crown Court Recorder – will share her experiences of dealing with serious and high-profile cases over the course of her career which have been heard in the House of Lords, the Court of Appeal and Crown Court.

She will talk through her life at the Bar, together with stories about the issues which practitioners must contend with, including the challenges and her achievements as the current Chair of the Criminal Bar Association.

Her varied career has included high-profile cases including a gangland war case involving firearms and millions of pounds of drugs, to a headteacher jailed for eight years for having sexual relations with two underage boys.

The guest lecture coincides with the announcement that Trinity has opened a Chambers in Leeds – the leading legal centre outside of London.

Deveral Capps, Dean of Leeds Law School said: “Caroline is among the leading figures in UK law and we are delighted she will be sharing her vast experience as part of our annual guest lecture series.

“This will be a rare opportunity to hear the Chair of the Criminal Bar Association talk about life at the Bar and glean some words of advice for those going into practice.

“Caroline’s lecture is also another example of Leeds Law School’s strong network and connections with the region's legal community that Trinity Chambers is now a part of.”

The lecture, A Barrister’s Lot, takes place between 18:00 - 19:00 on Thursday, 5 March at the Woodhouse Lecture Theatre 2, Leeds Beckett University, City Campus, Leeds, LS1 3ES.

Register here for a place at the free event.

Leeds Law School's Law in Practice events are open to legal professionals, students and those with an interest in the subject area. Past lectures have been delivered by prominent members of the legal community, such as MP Sir Keir Starmer QC, Catherine Dixon, CEO of the Law Society, England & Wales, Joe Egan, President of the Law Society of England and Wales, Professor Nick Hardwick, former Head of Parole Board and Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty.

Future speakers include the first Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williams OBE and Ex-Master of the Rolls, Lord John Dyson.

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