Newcastle Law School

Lynda Manning

Lynda Manning

Law, 1988. Partner, Till Henderson, New Plymouth New Zealand

Why did you chose to study Law at Newcastle University?

The course was highly recommended by friends and I liked what I saw on an open day.

What did you like the most about your course?

Many of the lecturers were working as Barristers and had experience in the profession. There was a wide variety of options and I like the fact that the Law Faculty was quite small.

How would you describe the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne?

An amazing place to live and study. My biggest regret now is not to have explored the region more.

Please give a brief description of your career journey since graduating from Newcastle University.

I moved to New Zealand two days after graduation and qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand two years later. I have never ever felt disadvantaged as my degree was from another country. The research skills and the way I was taught to think at Newcastle have been invaluable throughout my career. I have worked as a Family court lawyer and every day the paramountcy principal that I first learnt at Newcastle comes into play!!! I was made a Partner in my firm after six years and am my regions representative to the New Zealand Family law section. My degree certificate hangs proudly in my office along with a poster for the carbolic smoke ball which was the first case that I learnt about in my first ever law lecture, with Professor Michleson (contract law 1985)

How has your time studying Law, and other activities, at Newcastle University contributed to you achieving your career goals?

The degree trained me how to think and evaluate situations and how to come up with solutions.

In a one line quote, sum up why you would encourage a prospective student to study law at Newcastle?

Choices, lifestyle and high quality education.