Susanne is the Director of the JLC and a University Principal Lecturer in Law. She has a Masters in Law from King College, London University, was called to the Bar in 1999 and is a member of Gray’s Inn.
Susanne also holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and English Literature, has a PGCPE and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has published a book with Cambridge University Press on Common Mistakes at First Certificate, and is currently writing a textbook on Contract Law. She lives in Bath with an 11 year old son.
Independent Thought – learning to distinguish and form a logical argument, as well as the ability to critically research the evidence.
Confidence – giving everyone the platform to perform and the capacity to express their views.
Tolerance and Understanding – the ability to actively listen and acknowledge other opinions and views.
Rather than telling children what to think, we aim to enable them to learn how to think and learn for themselves. Children are given ‘thinking space’ – we provide an opportunity for them to consider, formulate and present their own views on wide ranging issues.
The debates and mock trials will reflect everyday dilemmas which a child can face. In participating, they will need to research and consider their own ideas, whilst listening with an open mind to others in order to respond. In doing so, they learn to listen to and consider contrasting views, whilst recognising that their own opinions are equally valid. Through this approach, children develop their own moral code and learn to value their own thoughts and views and not to always ‘go with the crowd’ or give in to peer pressure.
Schona Jolly QC
Volunteer Course Contributor and Consultant – Schona Jolly is an equalities, employment and human rights barrister, practising from Cloisters Chambers. She is a Q.C and was shortlisted for Lawyer of the Year 2015. She writes, publishes and lectures on human rights and discrimination topics, and speaks several languages.
Drama Materials Consultant and Contributor – Lawyer, theatre specialist and qualified speech and drama teacher. Roxanne initially qualified as a solicitor and worked as a corporate lawyer for several years before becoming the MD of a touring educational theatre company in Australia, which included running drama workshops for children from 4-18 years of age. She now works in higher education in the UK. Roxanne has a BA (Hons) and Masters Degree in Law from the University of Sydney, an MA in Theatre Directing from the University of Western Sydney, a Masters Degree in Law from UCL, and an Associate Teachers Diploma in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London. She is currently completing a doctorate in higher education management at the University of Bath.
John Clifford was Dean of Kaplan Law and Business School and was previously Director of the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP. He is on the governing body of a leading London school, and was formerly a Principal A-Level examiner. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Law, and a Masters Research degree in Medical Law.
At the Junior Lawyers’ Club John supervises our staff-training programme and oversees rigorous quality control for our course materials and syllabus development.
Sarah Percival is one of our panel of presenters. She trained as an actress and spent many years acting in in classical theatre productions. As a frequent presenter she is an expert in the art of speaking clearly, eloquently and confidently. Sarah is a spellbinding storyteller and has performed in venues ranging from the House of Lords to Wandsworth prison. As an experienced workshop leader, she has coached a variety of professionals in presentation skills technique.
Sebastian Humphreys has worked as an actor for four years, having honed his vocal skills first on stage in productions ranging from ‘1848’ at Conway Hall to ‘The Taylor Made Man’ in The Arts Theatre, and later on radio, including the award winning Digital Drama production of ‘Peace in Our Time’. Having completed courses at Central School of Speech and Drama and The National Youth Theatre, Sebastian is now a scholarship student at LAMDA