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Dr Laurence Etherington
LLB (Warw), Solicitor, PhD (Nottingham Trent)
Senior Lecturer & Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
I joined York Law School in 2007.
Prior to this I worked at Nottingham Trent University, as Research Associate (1996-2000), Research Fellow (2000-2002), Senior Lecturer (2002-2007), then Reader in Environmental Law (2007). Prior to my academic career, I trained as a solicitor and practised within the commercial development field before studying for a Ph.D. researching Contaminated Land.
This work is being undertaken in partnership with the Bridge Group, with support from Clifford Chance LLP. It comprises quantitative and qualitative analysis of student populations and admissions processes at a number of Law Schools. The aim is to report (in 2019) on diversity within those populations and on the admissions practices followed, with recommendations as to means of increasing social diversity.
This project considered the recruitment process for solicitor training contracts and the assessment of skills, qualities and attributes of candidates. The particular focus was the extent to which graduate recruiters sought evidence of ‘commercial awareness’ and ‘professionalism & ethics’ in their processes, together with student perceptions of this and how such processes may inform the construction of professional identities. The research has been published as a paper in Legal Ethics.
This project explored the canon law ‘regulation’ of pollution of churches, focusing mainly on medieval notions of such ‘pollution’ and the processes used for preventing and remediating and this, together with broader enforcement mechanisms. Whilst the conception of such ‘pollution’ in primarily spiritual terms may be very different, there are many resonances with contemporary issues in environmental law and regulation. The research has been published as a paper in Legal Studies.’”