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The University Legal Adviser is Adrian Slater. He supports the University Secretary and others by giving a qualified legal opinion on a range of issues. Adrian manages the Legal Adviser’s office, which comprises three further part time solicitors, Caroline Coulsey, Melanie Steed and Kelly Simpson.

Adrian's specialisms include joint ventures, third party contracts, the student contract, intellectual property-related contracts (such as licences), data protection, international agreements (such as on course delivery abroad), human rights law, advice on students and staff with criminal records, legal relationships with LUU, research ethics and generally anything with a legal tone that is not litigation, employment or real property-related.

Caroline has over 18 years of experience in litigation and dispute resolution. These will typically involve contract disputes either with suppliers, joint venture partners, research partners or international contracts. The disputes may arise due to non-payment for services and/or alleged breaches of contractual terms, either on the part of the University or another party to the contract. Caroline also deals with the legal aspects of Health and Safety, child protection, and any other contentious areas which do not involve real estate or employment.

Melanie has over 16 years experience in employment related matters. This includes advising the University, often in conjunction with Human Resources, on appropriate good practice, policy and procedures, issues relating to employment contracts, legal aspects of equality and diversity, and handling disputes and claims taken to the Employment Tribunal.

The Legal Adviser does not represent staff or students in an individual capacity.

Under data protection legislation, all members of the University have a statutory right to access data it holds about them. Broadly speaking, 'personal data' refers to any information about a living individual which identifies them, or which could make them identifiable if combined with other information.

If you wish to request your own personal data (otherwise known as a 'Data Subject Access Request' or DSAR), you should contact Rebecca Messenger-Clark in the first instance. Requesters are required to provide an approved form of photo ID in order for their request to be processed, and the University must aim to respond within a month.

Freedom of Information

The 2005 Freedom of Information (FOI) Act places an obligation on public authorities - including universities - to make certain classes of information about their activities (subject to particular exceptions) automatically available to the general public. Its scope is therefore broader than the Data Protection Act, which relates only to personal data. If you are in any doubt as to which process to use, please contact Cheryl Cox.

The University has 20 working days in which to respond to a request for information submitted under the FOI Act. Requests should, in the first instance, be submitted in writing to Cheryl Cox.


Other University policies on which the Legal Adviser can be consulted include: