Staff profile

Kaye Howells

Senior Lecturer in Law, Student Legal Advice Centre Lead

Kay Howells at Derby Law Schools One Friar Gate Sqaure.




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Law School


Kedleston Road and One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



Having spent 14 years practising as a solicitor, I joined the University of Derby Law School in September 2018, my primary role being to develop the Student Legal Advice Centre. The Centre will provide free advice and assistance to the Community. Initially, the Centre will offer advice and assistance in respect of family law and criminal injuries compensation authority claims. However, the aim is to expand the range of areas the Centre will offer advice upon.  

Teaching responsibilities

I am responsible for the development of the Student Legal Advice Centre which will open to the public in February 2019. The vision for the Centre is to provide the students with clinical legal education, provide free advice and assistance to the community and signpost clients in circumstances where the Centre is unable to assist.

The advice will be given by students under supervision. I am providing training to those students who will become student advisers within the Centre.  I will be responsible for delivering the teaching and training once the module incorporating work within the Centre is introduced. Therefore my role is twofold, to ensure high-quality teaching and training is provided to the students and also manage the work carried out within the Centre and the development of the Centre.  

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Experience in industry

In 2001, following graduation, I joined Smith Partnership as a paralegal.  I went on to secure a training contract with Smith Partnership and then qualified as a solicitor in 2004.  My primary area of practice was criminal defence.

In 2008, I joined Derby City Council as a solicitor within the community team, my primary area of practice being child protection. In 2013, I became a principal solicitor for Derby City Council. While I spent a considerable amount of time at Court and working on child protection cases, I was also legal adviser to the Derby Safeguarding Children Board.

As part of my role as principal solicitor, I delivered training internally and externally. I was a guest speaker for the British Association of Social Workers. I was invited to deliver training to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council following the implementation of the Revised Public Law Outline in 2014.

During my time at Derby City Council I had the opportunity to work with the Slovakian Central Authority to develop a memorandum of understanding/working together agreement, with the focus being upon achieving best possible outcomes for children.