South Cheshire College celebrates law students’ success

South Cheshire College

Date posted: 27 March 2017

Aspiring lawyers from South Cheshire College narrowly missed out on winning the regional finals of a prestigious competition for students.

Selina Woodward and Rachel Kirkham, both second year LL.B students, finished third in the regional finals of the Client Interviewing Competition.‌

The annual competition for law students encourages the promotion and development of the skills involved with client interviewing and counselling within an educational context. Its prime aim is to promote the development of lawyers’ soft skills and to enable law students to practise them at a high level.

Law students work in teams of two in a simulated law office. They interview and advise a “client”, who is a role-playing actor. They are assessed according to clearly described criteria which take into account interpersonal skills as well as their ability to handle a legal problem.

South Cheshire College Law students were also treated to a talk from His Honour Judge David Pugsley, a retired Circuit Judge, on 27 March. The main focus of his talk, which was organised by the University of Derby, was ‘Sitting in Judgement’ and afterwards he took part in a Q&A session with students.

His Honour Judge Pugsley was called to the Bar in 1968. He was appointed part-time Chairman of the Industrial Tribunal in 1982, full-time Chairman of the Tribunal for Employment Tribunals for England and Wales in 1985, Assistant Recorder in 1988 and a Recorder in 1991. He was President of the Council of Industrial Tribunal Chairmen from 1991 to 1992, appointed a Circuit Judge in 1992 and a Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in 1995. He was appointed a Legal Member of the Immigration Appeals Tribunal in 1998, a Member of the Parole Board (from 1999 to 2005 and 2011 to 2012) and a Member of the Editorial Board, Civil Court Procedure, from 1999. He retired in 2014.

Law students Selina Woodward and Rachel Kirkham