Portrait of  Philip Drake Philip Drake

p.j.drake@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472094



Biography

Position: Senior Lecturer - Law School
Qualifications: LLM, PCPD, ILEX, Solicitor(non-practising), LPC, FHEA
 

Phil Drake is a Senior Lecturer of Law and Director of the Law Clinic at the University of Huddersfield. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a non-practising Solicitor.

Prior to joining the Law School in 2008, Phil worked in a number of legal practices ranging from a small High Street practice to larger city commercial practices and the in-house solicitor’s department of a large Local Authority. Whilst in practice, he gained experience of contentious and non-contentious work and his main practice areas were in civil and commercial litigation and corporate recovery and insolvency.

Since entering academia, Phil has taken a key interest in the psychological learning processes in clinical legal education and the underlying ethical, sociological and philosophical dimensions of law.

Research and Scholarship

Qualifications

Master of Laws (LLM); Pgdip in Law (LPC); Pgcert in Research Supervision; Pgcert in Professional Development.

Currently undertaking a PhD: ‘Beyond the Bounds of Formalism – Social Justice and Clinical Education’ .

Research interests include:-

  • Teaching and learning processes within clinical legal education;
  • Professional legal ethics and social responsibility;
  • Accessory liability in equity for assistance in a breach of trust

Academic Publications, Conference Papers and Others

Drake, P., Taylor, N. & Toddington, S. (2015) ‘Ethical Engagement, Embedded Reflection, and Mutual Empowerment in the Clinical Process’. Currently undertaking work on a chapter for Ashford and McKeown’s Edited collection: Social Justice and Legal Education

Drake, P. & Toddington, S. (2014) Structuring Ethical Values through Clinical Legal Education. Plenary Speakers in the CLEO (Clinical Legal Education Organisation) Conference, 27 November 2014: Sheffield Hallam University.

Drake, P. & Toddington, S. (2014) Ethically, autonomous lawyering for the future. In the Taking Social Justice Seriously: The Future of Clinical Education, 3 November 2014: University of Sheffield.

Drake, P. & Toddington, S. (2014) The Depths of dialogue: Ethics, Interests and the Behavioural Economics of 'Collaborative'. In the International Legal Ethics Conference VI, 10 July 2014: City University, London.

Drake, P. & Toddington, S. (2014) ‘Refashioning our ideas about lawyer and client collaboration’. Plenary Speakers in the UCL International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services, 20 June 2014, UCL, London.

Drake, P., Carlin, J., King, L., Moore, .J & Turner, R. (students) (2014) ‘An integrated and embedded approach to learning ethics in the Law’ The Association of Law Teachers Conference, 14 April 2014, The Queens, Leeds.

Drake, P. & Toddington, S. (2014) ‘The Depths of Dialogue: Ethics, Interests and the Behavioural Economics of ‘Collaborative’ Lawyering. In the Teaching Legal Ethics Group UK: Workshop on Responding to the LETR, 22 March 2014: City University London.

Drake, P., Carlin, J., King, L., Moore, .J & Turner, R. (students) (2014). ‘The University of Huddersfield’s Legal Advice Clinic’. In the University of Huddersfield’s Inaugural Social Justice Lecture, 16 January 2014, University of Huddersfield.

Drake, P. & Toddington, S. (2013) ‘Reflections on moral courage and the necessity of practical wisdom'. In the Teaching Legal Ethics Group UK: Workshop on Understanding and Learning Moral Courage, 12 July 2013: City University London.

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2013) 'Clinical Pathways to Ethically Substantive Autonomy' International Journal of Clinical Legal Education . ISSN 1467-1069

Drake, P. (2013) Online electronic test materials, Trusts and Equity, Pearsons.

Drake, P. & Toddington, S. (2013) ‘Ethics and Outcomes: Autonomy and Technique in Legal Education’. In the Work Based Learning Annual Conference, 12 April 2013: Birkbeck College, University of London.

Drake, P., Croft, J., Moore, J., Turner, R. & Wood, E. (2012) ‘Law Clinic - Learning Law in the Community’. In. University of Huddersfield Research Festival, 11th – 13th September 2012, University of Huddersfield

Toddington, S., Drake, P, & Tobbell, S (2012) ‘The Ethical Dynamics of Learning: Empowerment and Responsibility in Clinical Legal Education’. In: International Journal of Clinical Education Conference, 10th -13th July 2012, Durham

Grants / Bids

Tobell, J., Toddington, S., Drake, P., Turner, L & Wilson, J. (2012-2014) Social justice law provision in undergraduate and postgraduate study: the implementation and evaluation of legal education in a British Law Clinic. The Higher Education Academy. Awarded £50,390.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Drake, P (2017) ‘‘Law outside the vacuum’ – An ethnographic study of knowledge & epistemic practice within a university law clinic’. In: 12th JVET Conference 2017, 7-9th July 2017, Worcester College, Oxford

Drake, P (2017) ‘'It's been emotional' - an ethnographic pilot study of students working in a university law clinic’. In: SLSA Conference 2017, 5-7 April 2017, Newcastle University

Drake, P (2017) ‘Beyond the bounds of formalism – social justice and legal education’. In: Huddersfield University, Business School Research Conference 2017, 11-13 January 2017, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

2016

Drake, P., Taylor, N. and Toddington, S. (2016) ‘Ethical Engagement, Embedded Reflection, and Mutual Empowerment in the Clinical Process’. In: Social Justice and Legal Education. Cambridege, UK: Cambridge Scholars. .

2014

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2014) ‘Structuring ethical values through clinical legal education’. In: CLEO Clinical Legal Education Organisation Conference, 27th November 2014, Sheffield Hallam University

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2014) ‘Ethically, autonomous lawyering for the future’. In: Taking Social Justice Seriously: The Future of Clinical Education, 3rd November 2014, Sheffield, UK

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2014) ‘The Depths of dialogue: Ethics, Interests and the Behavioural Economics of Collaborative’. In: International Legal Ethics Conference VI, 10th - 12th July 2014, City University London, UK

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2014) ‘Refashioning our ideas about lawyer and client collaboration’. In: International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services, 19th-20th June 2014, UCL, London

Drake, P., King, L., Moore, J. and Turner, R. (2014) ‘An integrated and embedded approach to learning ethics in the Law’. In: Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference 2014, 13th -15th April 2014, Leeds, UK

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2014) ‘The Depths of Dialogue: Ethics, Interests and the Behavioural Economics of ‘Collaborative’ Lawyering’. In: Teaching Legal Ethics workshop: Responding to the LETR, 22nd March 2014, The City Law School, 2-10 Princeton Street, London

Drake, P., Carlin, J., King, L., Moore, J. and Turner, R. (2014) ‘The University of Huddersfield’s Legal Advice Clinic’. In: Legal Advice Clinic and Inaugural Social Justice Lecture, 16th January 2014, University of Huddersfield, UK

2013

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2013) ‘Reflections on moral courage and the necessity of practical wisdom’. In: Teaching Legal Ethics UK Workshop: Understanding and Learning Moral Courage, Friday 12 July 2013, London, UK

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2013) ‘Clinical Pathways to Ethically Substantive AutonomyInternational Journal of Clinical Legal Education , 19, pp. 311-320. ISSN 1467-1069

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2013) ‘Ethics and Outcomes: Autonomy and Technique in Legal Education’. In: The UALL Work Based Learning Network Annual Conference - Exploring WBL Through Theory and Practice, 11th-12th April 2013, Birkbeck, University of London

2012

Drake, P., Croft, J., Moore, J., Turner, R. and Wood, E. (2012) ‘Law Clinic - Learning Law in the Community’. In: University of Huddersfield Research Festival 2012, 11th-13th September 2012, University of Huddersfield, UK

Toddington, S., Drake, P. and Tobbell, J. (2012) ‘The ethical dynamics of learning: empowerment and responsibility in clinical legal education’. In: IJCLE The International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference, 10th-13th July 2012, Durham, UK

2011

Drake, P (2011) Is the requirement of dishonesty always the best policy to estabish liability against those who assist in a breach of trust? Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Esteem

CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS/ACTIVITIES

  • Runner up at of the LawWorks & Attorney General award for ‘Best Contribution by a Law School’ (2016)
  • Winner of the University of Huddersfield’s Student Thank You Award for Enhancing the Student Experience (2016).
  • Panel Member for the University of Sussex and Brighton Housing Trust Roundtable Discussion: ‘Is Pro Bono the Best Way Forward?’ Brighton, March 2016
  • Reached the final shortlist for the Times Higher Education Award of Most Innovative Teacher (2015)
  • Chair at the Public Law and Judicial Review North Conference, July 2015: BPP, Manchester July 2015
  • Winner of the LawWorks & Attorney General award for ‘Best Contribution by a Team of Students’ (2015)
  • Consultant for the University of Birmingham’s Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues
  • External Examiner at the University of Cumbria (Equity & Trusts; Land Law; Placement; Skills & Tort).
  • External Examiner at the BPP Law School (Equity & Trusts & Research).
  • Member of Teaching Legal Ethics Group UK
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Member of the Association of Law Teachers.
  • Member of the Law Society.
  • Member of the School of Law’s Research Group

PREVIOUS MEMBERSHIPS/ACTIVITIES

  • Member of the University of Huddersfield’s Senate Committee (2013-2015)
  • Member of the University of Huddersfield’s, Media, Music and Humanities School Board Committee (2013-2014)
  • External Validating Officer for the Law Degree at the University of Cumbria (2013).
  • Member of the University of Huddersfield’s Business School Board Committee (2010-2013).
  • Member of the University of Huddersfield, Business School’s Teaching and Learning Committee (2010-2012).
  • Accreditation Panel Member for the Scottish Solicitors Regulation Authority in the Foundation and PEAT 1 process (2010).

Research Degree Supervision

Research interests include:-

  • Teaching and learning processes within clinical legal education;
  • Professional legal ethics and social responsibility;
  • Accessory liability in equity for assistance in a breach of trust

Research Supervision at Masters and PhD level.

Enterprise Activities

Phil is currently working as a consultant for the University of Birmingham’s Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues in their Virtuous Professionals Interventions Project

 

In 2012 Philip was part of a team of academics who were awarded the sum of £50,390 by the Higher Education Academy to work collaboratively with psychologists and look at the implementation and evaluation of legal education in a British Law Clinic.

This led in October 2013 to the Legal Advice Clinic moving out of it’s temporary home in the University to be situated in the very heart of the local community in a shopping centre in Huddersfield town centre. The Legal Advice Clinic is a hugely innovative and unique project where the students provide legal advice to members of the public whilst learning through an integrated approach to reflective practice. 

As the Director of the Legal Advice Clinic, Philip has worked closely with the students, the local County Court, solicitor firms, charities and advice centres to provide a legal service to those who can neither afford to pay for legal advice nor access legal aid.

Administrative Responsibilities

Legal Advice Clinic Director

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Equity and Trusts - (Honours level);
  • Wills and the Administration of Estates - (Masters level);
  • Practical Legal Research - (Masters and Honours level)
  • Research Supervision (PhD & Masters level)
  • Wills, Probate and the Elderly Client (Honours level)
  • Civil Litigation (Masters and Honours level)
  • Personal Tutor – LLB & MLP