Jennifer Waterhouse BA, LLB, FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Law, Course Leader, LLM in Legal Professional Practice
I joined Sheffield Hallam in December 2017 and have over ten years' practical experience working as both a practising solicitor and a lecturer.
I graduated with a First in Politics from the University of Sheffield in 2007, before transferring to law by completing the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, from which I graduated with a Distinction. I then spent four years as a solicitor at a global law firm, where I specialised in Employment Law and acted for a range of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 clients. I advised clients on a variety of employment law issues, such as redundancy, unfair dismissal, discrimination and changes to terms and conditions of employment. I also conducted Employment Tribunal litigation and represented clients at case management discussions and preliminary hearings.
I began my career in higher education in 2013 at Nottingham Trent University. Whilst there, I taught family law, constitutional law, employment law, civil litigation and legal skills on the LLB, the GDL and the LLM Legal Practice Course. I was also deputy course leader for the GDL.
In my role at Sheffield Hallam University, I am module leader for the Employment Law and Practice elective and teach on the Dispute Resolution in Tort module. I am also Course Leader for the LLM in Legal Professional Practice (a Masters' level GDL).
Given my previous experience as a solicitor, I am particularly interested in how students can develop their practical legal skills, not just academic knowledge. I believe this is essential to students' legal education as it enables them to develop key graduate attributes, such as problem solving, team working and an awareness of the importance of commercial awareness, which increases their employability.