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Anil BALAN

Principal Lecturer in Law

Law

As programme leader for LLB (Hons) Law Anil is responsible for overseeing the academic quality and development of the LLB degree. As deputy school leader in learning and teaching Anil is responsible for enhancing teaching and learning and monitoring progression and retention for the Royal Docks School of Business and Law. Anil is also the module leader for LLB Tort Law and LLB Company Law.




    I have substantial experience as a law lecturer, academic leader and legal practitioner. I practised as a solicitor in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Corporate Insolvency and Family Law at two large national firms for ten years before entering academia. Since then I have taught a variety of Law courses (including the Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Law, Legal Practice Course, Professional Skills Course and BSc Law with Management) and subjects (including Family Law, Civil Litigation, Tort Law, Contract Law, English Legal System & Method, Client Care & Professional Conduct and Company Law) accredited by a wide range of higher education institutions (including Plymouth University, Anglia Ruskin University, Canterbury Christ Church University and Nottingham Trent University). As well as lecturing and tutoring, I have been involved in designing and leading courses at undergraduate level, planning strategies for the effective delivery of quality teaching and learning and managing teams of lecturers. My research interests relate to enhancement of teaching, curriculum design, assessment and feedback for Law students from culturally diverse backgrounds.
    Qualifications: I have undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications from the University of Oxford, King's College London and University College London.

    Memberships: I am a non-practising solicitor and a member of the Law Society. I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Association of Law Teachers and the Society of Legal Scholars.

    Certifications: I have a certificate of intermediate proficiency in French awarded by Sprachcaffe language school and CLAIT and IBT2 certificates of computer literacy awarded by Cambridge iTEC.


    I am an external examiner at London South Bank University and have also participated in assessment working groups arranged by the regulatory bodies for the legal profession. In addition, I am involved in promoting the university through contact with external stakeholders, outreach work, careers events, access validation panels, open days and offer holder days.

    Overview

    Selected publications and conference papers

    ‘Investigating the feasibility of using student reflective journals to understand how clinical legal education can develop the ethical competence of law students’, article published in The Law Teacher (Routledge) 1 April 2019.

    ‘Addressing the challenges of teaching legal ethics to take account of the widening participation agenda’, article published in The Law Teacher (Routledge) 29 October 2018.

    'Reviewing the effectiveness of the Oxford tutorial system in teaching an undergraduate qualifying law degree: a discussion of preliminary findings from a pilot study', article published in The Law Teacher (Routledge) 27 June 2017.

    'Does the Oxford tutorial system help to stimulate critical thinking and foster a critical dialogue around feedback among Law students?', paper presented at the Association of Law Teachers annual conference, Portsmouth, 10 April 2017.

    'Meeting the challenges of globalisation in legal education', article published in The Law Teacher (Routledge) 9 June 2016.

    ‘A critical review of the effectiveness of the feedback practices within an institution teaching an undergraduate Qualifying Law Degree to students from widening participation backgrounds’, paper presented at the Socio-Legal Studies Association annual conference, Lancaster, 6 April 2016.

    'Re-thinking tutorial teaching for Law students from international backgrounds', paper presented at the Society of Legal Scholars annual conference, York, 1 September 2015.

    'Meeting the challenges of neoliberalism in UK legal education', paper presented at University of East London research conference, London, 24 June 2015.

    ‘A comparative study tracking the progress on an LLB programme of students from an access course (Year Zero) against the progress of students from direct entry routes’, preliminary findings of pilot study presented at University of Plymouth educational development conference, London partnership campus, Greenford, 22 May 2014.

    ‘How to do effective peer observation’, paper presented at University of Plymouth academic development conference, London partnership campus, Greenwich, 27 January 2014.

    ‘Are applications for summary judgment consistent with the need to have a fair trial?’ paper presented at University of Plymouth research conference, London partnership campus, Greenwich, 17 December 2013.

    ‘Human Rights: Aren’t we forgetting about family law?’ article published in Family Law (Jordans) 16 December 2013.

     

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    Research and consultancy interests
    Enhancement of teaching, curriculum design, assessment and feedback for Law students from culturally diverse backgrounds 
    The impact of human rights on Family Law and the Civil Procedure Rules

    Insolvency, Corporate Recovery and Directors' Disqualification Proceedings


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    Teaching experience

    Current: Module leader for LLB Tort Law and LLB Company Law. 

    Previous: Teaching expertise in Contract Law, English Legal System and Method, Family Law, Civil Litigation and Professional Conduct.

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