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Ceri Evans

Name, current role and centre

Ceri Evans.  Senior Lecturer, Part Time Day LPC course leader

Area of law

I teach Business and acquisitions law on the LPC.  On the GDL I teach Public Law

Previous employer

Most recently I worked for DLA Piper in Manchester undertaking primarily non-contentious safety, health and environmental work.  Prior to that I worked at Hammonds in Manchester having trained at Berrymans in Liverpool.  Even during my training contract I undertook predominantly work within environmental law as prior to training as a solicitor I was a lecturer in Environmental Law.

A day in the life...

As a non-contentious environmental lawyer I predominantly worked with the corporate department undertaking mergers and acquisitions work.  This type of work required me to draft warranties and indemnities, interpret environmental reports and negotiate escrow accounts for clean-up work with the Environment Agency.  Quite often clients would require me to work long hours but the work was interesting and demanding , I also liked being part of a team of experts each working individually to achieve a common goal.

In contrast to corporate solicitors I was given the opportunity to undertake pure environmental work  such as applying for licences or permits, this work often required me to work in-house with clients for a number of weeks/months or even years  the variety of work was exciting and challenging ensuring my enthusiasm for my subject area was never satiated.

Best moments

 The best thing about corporate work is the pace, when a deal is happening the team has to work efficiently and at speed.  Environmental law is constantly changing this means you are challenged academically on a daily basis particularly when Brussels decides to change the whole legal regime upon which environmental law is structured.

Advice to students

Environmental law is a niche area students often find it difficult to obtain a position in practice, in order to do so you need to show either some relevant experience or knowledge of the area.  You may for example have undertaken your first degree in a science which is useful when interpreting environmental reports or alternatively you may have a good understanding of the European Legal System, invaluable when tracking new law through Parliament.  Whatever your experience ensure you highlight your knowledge when applying to train in this area as often the departments are too small to spend time training a new trainee in all areas of the subject.  You will also need to be adaptable don’t be surprised if you are asked to attend a police station interview with a client due to a breach of permit or licence!