Professor Sara Chandler Honorary Queen’s Counsel Silk Party
17 June 2016
Professor Sara Chandler, a solicitor specialising in landlord and
tenant law, was recommended for the appointment based on her work on pro-bono
and human rights cases.
She has been instrumental in developing the concept of a clinical
legal education, a model which allows students to give pro-bono advice to the
public, under the guidance of qualified lawyers. And has made a major
contribution in the field of human rights - winning the LUKAS Human Rights
Worker of the Year Award in May 2014.
Professor Chandler has helped to set up our Lambeth County Court
Help Desk and the South London Law Society Future Lawyers Scheme - which offers
our students placements with local solicitor’s firms. And she is currently
First Vice-President, and will be President, of the Federation of European Bar
Associations (FBE) in 2017.
The long list of guests* who turned out to celebrate with Prof.
Chandler included judges, local lawyers, students and colleagues, all of whom she
has worked with throughout a long career fighting for human rights and access
to justice – read her speech to the guests (PDF File 51 KB).
Certificates were also handed out to student volunteers working in
the LSBU Legal Advice Clinic and our Lambeth County Court Help Desk – these
were presented by the Honourable Mr Justice Cranston of the High Court and
District Judge Suzanne Burn of Lambeth County Court respectively.
Prof. Chandler said: “I am delighted that my
work in pro-bono, human rights, law centres and university law clinics has been
recognised by this award. I am proud to be a member of LSBU’s alumni and a
member of staff in LSBU’s Law Division which
has a strong commitment to human rights and access to justice.
Bailey, LSBU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: “We are incredibly
proud of Sara, not only because of her personal achievement in receiving this
award, but also because of the fantastic work she has done to support social
justice, and the way that she has helped our law students to leave LSBU with
qualifications, experience, and a desire to help those in need.”