Legal Services

The Legal Services Team provides professional legal support to the University’s activities.

We work primarily with colleagues in the Professional Services on issues relating to contracts and agreements, including land and property, in support of the University’s activities.

We do not advise individual members of staff or students on private legal matters and cannot recommend firms. Please visit the for further information.

If you require the services of a Notary Public, please visit  website for further information and to locate a local Notary.

Students seeking advice may like to refer to the Student Advice and Support Service website. For support with a student or graduate business, please visit the 鶹Ƶ Enterprise Network website.

How does the Legal Services Team support the University?

We provide a professional legal service to the University, with a particular focus on transactional and contractual advice. We provide different levels of support to different aspects of the University – please see the for more details.

Our Value and our Values

The Legal Services Team contributes to the University community beyond the simple provision of legal support. The way we work ensures we are delivering the maximum value possible for the University.

We have also identified our shared values which unite the Team members and are the golden thread through our approach to supporting the University.

Read more about our added value to the University as well as our Team’s values by downloading our Legal Services Value and Values‌ document.

How do I get help?

If you are an external organisation that is currently working with, or would like to work with, the University, please contact the Legal Services Team by email or phone 01509 223178.

If you are a current member of staff or researcher, please visit the .

Students seeking advice should contact the Student Advice and Support Service in the first instance.

Meet the team

Sam McGinty

Sam McGinty

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Director of Legal Services and General Counsel

Photograph of Katy Boyle

Katy Boyle

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Graduate Apprentice Solicitor

Gemma Clohessy

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Assistant Solicitor

Photograph of Emily Kirk

Emily Kirk

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Senior Solicitor (Contracts and Intellectual Property)

Reef Mitra

Reef Mitra

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Senior Advisor (Contracts and Intellectual Property)

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Helen Taller

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Senior Solicitor (Property and Estates)

Tom Baines

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Legal Services Administrative Officer