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Dear Friends of the Law School,

Welcome to the third edition of our Exeter Law School newsletter which celebrates the wide variety of excellent work within the School. In this edition we will be giving you an insight into the many exciting developments and successes of the Law School over the past few months.

Two recent successes deserving particular mention include our excellent results in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise; we are joint tenth with Oxford and Bristol on the GPA of our publications (up from 29th in the 2008 RAE)! There is also the appointment of Professor Rob Merkin as an Honorary QC. This is a tremendous honour for Rob and the School, and a real recognition of the enormous contribution Rob has made to the development of Commercial Law both in the UK and internationally. It is also another mark of the Law School's strength in Commercial Law. I am sure you will all join me in congratulating him on his appointment!

Other highlights include an update from Somalia; Law student Jia Hao Kwek’s summer working and studying in Shanghai; and our Law Alumni Networking Event, which took place in November.

We hope you will enjoy reading this newsletter and please do not hesitate to contact us if you want further information, or wish to be involved further with us in our events and activities!

With very best wishes,

Professor James Devenney
Head of Exeter Law School

Lizzie Hustwayte
Change and Development Manager (Law)

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Lasok Law Lecture

We'd like to invite alumni back to campus late April for the revival of a tradition in our Law circle. The Lasok Law Lectures are free talks open to the public centred on aspects of EU law. A drinks reception will take place after the talk.

Date: Wednesday 29 April

Time, venue and topic specifics will be confirmed in the coming weeks. To register your interest, please email


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Law alumni networking event

We held an alumni networking event to celebrate the many successes of the Law School, its students and alumni over its distinguished 91 year history. The event was kindly hosted by two of our alumni, Robert Lee (LLB Law 1986) and David Pudge (LLB Law 1986) at their Clifford Chance offices in Canary Wharf, London. 


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Update from Somalia

Readers of our last issue may remember that Michael Sanderson gave an intriguing insight into his work as a legal adviser to the UN in Somalia. Now he writes again from Somalia, providing us with his thoughts on the experience of teaching whilst working abroad.


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Summer in Shanghai

“I found the experience and nature of work tremendously compelling, reaffirming my commitment in developing myself as an international commercial lawyer. The friendships and networks I have forged in Shanghai will last a lifetime.” Jai Hao Kwek (pictured), a Law student at Exeter, has recently returned from an internship in Shanghai, one of the many placements that the law school provides for its students. 


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