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Kayliegh Richardson

Senior Lecturer in Law | Practising Solicitor

Department: Northumbria Law School

Kayliegh Richardson is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the LPC and LLM in Legal Practice. She previously practised as a family law solicitor, specialising in cases involving domestic abuse. Kayliegh’s practitioner experience in this area also informs her research into access to justice barriers for victims of domestic abuse and gender-based violence.

She has published widely in this area, including most recently her research into the impact of Covid-19 on the ability of victims of gender-based violence to access justice. Alongside, producing her own research, Kayliegh is a Co-Convenor of both the Family Justice Research Interest Group and the Gender, Violence and Abuse Research Network at Northumbria.

External roles include: Chief Examiner of the Level 6 Family Law Module for CILEx, Social Media Editor for The Law Teacher Journal, Assistant Editor for the International Journal of Gender, Sexuality and Law and member of the Local Family Justice Board (Northumbria and North Durham): Learning and Development subgroup.

Her specialist subject areas are Family Law and Child Care Law.  Kayliegh teaches these areas to students on the LPC, as well as to undergraduates. Kayliegh also supervises students on family law cases in the Student Law Office. Kayliegh has assisted clients to obtain child arrangements orders and emergency injunctions on a pro bono basis.

Kayliegh’s main research interests are around disclosures of domestic abuse in family proceedings and also around access to justice in family proceedings post LASPO. Kayliegh is also a Co-Convenor of the Family Justice Research Interest Group at Northumbria University.

Prior to this Kayliegh attended Northumbria University herself as a Student on the LLB (Hons) Exempting course, graduating with a First Class degree in 2011. Kayliegh then trained as a Solicitor at Ward Hadaway Solicitors in Newcastle, before qualifying into their Family Law Department in 2013. 

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Northumbria University (2007 – 2011)

LLB (Hons) Exempting – 1st Degree

Research Themes & Scholarly Interests

Domestic abuse; access to justice

Professional Activity

Solicitor specialising in Family and Child Care Law

Key Publications/Outputs

  • Richardson, K and Speed, A, ‘Restrictions on Legal Aid in Family Law Cases in England and Wales: Creating a Necessary Barrier to Public Funding or Simply Increasing the Burden on the Family Courts’, (Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law – in press)
  • Richardson, K and Speed, A, ‘Promoting Gender Justice within the Clinical Curriculum: Evaluating Student Participation in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign’ (International Journal of Clinical Legal Education – in press)

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