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Amy Foweather

Career Path: Solicitor at Stowe Family Law LLP
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Bachelor Of Laws LLB And LPC Amy Foweather _ 2I have now been working within family law for 6-7 years. During this time, I have helped victims of domestic violence and worked closely with local agencies to help support vulnerable clients, along with voluntary legal clinics for the Muslim Women’s Council. I have now specialised in areas of divorce, finance and children matters, along with other family law matters.

I began my training in London before transferring to a Yorkshire based firm, where I qualified and became head of office.  Before joining Stowe Family Law at the firm’s head office in Harrogate, I worked for a number of other Yorkshire based law firms which allowed me to gain some useful experience before joining the UK’s largest specialist family law firm.

I am an accredited member of the Law Society’s Family Law panel (advanced) and children panel.

In 2015, I was named the ‘Young Lawyer of the Year’ by Bradford Law Society which I was pleased with.

What are you doing now?

I joined national law firm Stowe Family Law in February 2016 at the firm’s Harrogate based head office which is one of the nine offices of specialist family and divorce lawyers.

I specialise in all areas of family law with a particular interest and significant experience in divorce and separation, financial settlements, cohabitation, both pre- and postnuptial agreements in addition to cases involving children. 

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I was drawn to Northumbria University, as at the time, it was one of the only Universities which offered the opportunity to work within a legal clinic. This meant that as well as academic study, I also had the opportunity of running cases and attending court. This provided great experience for life in practice. 

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Throughout the 4 year course, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University. It is based in the centre of Newcastle, meaning plenty of local accommodation which was walking distance to campus. Although my timetable was much busier than my friends, this takes into account that the LPC is being incorporated into the degree. That being said, there was still a good balance of work, which allowed plenty of social time. The course included daily lectures and several seminars a week. The seminars were broken down into smaller groups, which enabled more one to one time with tutors. 

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

What impressed me was the time invested by staff. In particular those staff who work within the legal clinic. As well as lecturing, they also help supervise live cases and teach pupils life in practice. 

How connected was your course with industry?

The University was focused on helping pupils get a training contract. Advice was given in relation to timings and training providers. However, the bulk of the help and connections were quite specific to corporate law and the larger firms. Pupils inevitably face pressure when placements and training contracts are concerned. I feel that a wider approach would be beneficial. That being said, after winning the moot mock trial, I was given a training placement at Irwin Mitchell for one week in Newcastle. 

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/give your career an edge?

The clinic helped give me a head start for life in practice. Also, the option of studying human rights law, helped to inspire the next steps I took. 

What was the best thing about your course?

  1. Having the option of doing the LPC with the degree, rather than a separate LPC. This helped learning and also costs.
  2. The legal clinic. 

How would you describe yourself in 3 words before coming to Northumbria?

Naïve. Ambitious. Focused. 

How would you describe yourself in 3 words after completing your first year at Northumbria?

Ambitious. Worried. Focused. 

What were the key skills and attributes you gained?

  • Legal writing skills
  • Client skills
  • Advocacy – through the mooting club and competitions
  • Academic knowledge 

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Meeting friends and moving away from home. 

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Choosing a university is a bigger decision than what you realise. It has the potential to shape you and your career. If you want a course such as this which offers academic and practical, then this is a good choice.

 

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