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Vinny Kennedy

Assistant Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

Vinny joined Northumbria's Law School in 2018. She qualified as a solicitor in 2006 specialising in Private Client (wills, estates, trusts, mental capacity). Vinny believes that her practice background positively impacts on her approach to teaching and research. Students have the benefit of real-life examples of the theoretical law that they are learning. This helps them to better place such theories into context, assisting the development of their understanding of the law. 

Vinny teaches on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, which are predominantly aligned to her practice background. Such modules include Equity & Trusts, Wills & Estate Administration, Solicitors Accounts as well as supervision of students in the Student Law Office. Vinny also has experience as a programme leader, making her familiar with Departmental and University policies and strategies.


Vinny Kennedy

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As a solicitor Vinny is aware of the importance of balancing theory and practice. As such Vinny has published and presented on clinical legal education and the impact of such on students and the profession. She is also part of the Clinical Legal Education Research Interest Group.

Having focused on Private Client for so many years Vinny is also continuing to develop an understanding of the impact of the law on the elder. Her research interests are within the area of adult social care, and the extent to which local authorities are able to deliver their legal obligation to promote the well-being principle in the Care Act 2014. 

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  • Undue pressure or moral obligation: religious gifting and undue influence, Kennedy, V. 23 Jun 2021, In: The Journal of Adult Protection
  • Clinical Legal Education as Solicitor Qualifying Work Experience, Roper, V., Dunn, R., Kennedy, V. 12 Jun 2020, The Clinical Legal Education Handbook, London, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • Not the beginning of the end: The tension between pure testamentary freedom and self-imposed moral restrictions, a case for formalising limitations, Kennedy, V. 12 Nov 2020, In: The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer
  • Pro Bono Legal Work: The disconnect between saying you’ll do it and doing it, Kennedy, V. 25 Jul 2019, In: International Journal of Clinical Legal Education
  • Clinical Legal Education as Qualifying Work Experience, Dunn, R., Roper, V., Kennedy, V. 25 Jun 2018, The Legal Education and Training Review - Five Years On
  • Clinical Legal Education as Qualifying Work Experience for Solicitors, Dunn, R., Roper, V., Kennedy, V. Oct 2018, In: Law Teacher

  • Law MA December 01 2017
  • Education Diploma July 14 2014
  • Law Diploma August 21 2003
  • Law LLB June 21 2002

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