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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.


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