I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been asked to be a visiting Professor at the University of Law. This is the media release from my firm which can also be found here.
iFLG’s David Hodson appointed Professor at The University of Law
David Hodson OBE, MCIArb, partner and co-founder of the International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG), has been appointed a Visiting Professor by the University of Law (ULaw) as part of their first ever panel of 11 newly created Visiting Professors. The University of Law is the UK's longest-established specialist provider of legal education.
The new professors have been chosen for their eminence in their own particular specialisms. They will support the University in various ways including involvement in the University’s recently re-designed Legal Practice Course (LPC), which focuses on assisting students to be successful and secure the employment they seek.
David is the only family lawyer to be appointed. It reflects David’s reputation as one of the world’s leading and innovative family lawyers of his generation. David will be able to share his exceptional knowledge and expertise in the field of family law with students who will be the next generation of family lawyers.
David’s appointment will have no impact on his client work and other professional commitments.
David has been asked to give regular keynote lectures to University of Law students, as well as to contribute to the future direction of family law courses and training. He will encourage the “soft” skills needed to be a good family lawyer, in addition to knowing the law. He will be involved in other core activities of the University. He will continue to work with the mentoring scheme, something he has done for a number of years. Many of his mentees are now trainees, solicitors and partners. David’s first lecture 'The globalisation of family law work: what will be the law, what will be the work of lawyers and what will be the needs of clients?’ will take place in Spring 2016. Further details are available from iFLG or from the University of Law
David has a long history of involvement with the University. He undertook his legal training there, at the College of Law (as it was then known until it obtained University status in 2012). For several years, David gave a regular annual lecture to the students of the University on the practical elements of what it means to be a family lawyer. Over the years, he has also produced and presented family law training videos for the University’s LNTV.
Professor Andrea Nollent, Provost and Chief Academic Officer ULaw says: “Our panel of Visiting Professors will take the ULaw LPC to a new level, allowing our graduates to benefit from the expertise of some of the most experienced lawyers in the UK. The panel, in conjunction with all of our tutors and course designers who are all qualified solicitors or barristers with practice experience, will equip our graduates with the skills and confidence making them some of the most stand-out candidates in the job market.”
David Hodson says: “I have been involved with the University of Law throughout my career. I have always endeavoured to share knowledge and experience of working in family law with other practising lawyers as well as with students; giving back having received so much in my career. This is a really exciting opportunity to be involved in the next generation of family lawyers. Family law is a very distinctive and separate area of law requiring quite particular skills, drive and approach. I am so pleased this has been recognised by the University by this appointment, of a Visiting Professor chosen from the family law profession.”
Ann Thomas, Managing Partner of iFLG, commented: “We set up iFLG to look after the needs of international families and their children. International clients need more lawyers to be aware of international aspects. Law students, our family lawyers of tomorrow, will be working with international laws, alongside lawyers from other countries and resolving cross-border disputes. There is no lawyer better placed to assist law students to combine legal theory with the practical application. We are all delighted for David”.
For full details of the appointment and the other 10 Visiting Professors, see the University’s press release here