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Family Solicitor guest lectures at Bournemouth University  


Rosie Beaven, Family Solicitor at Trethowans, recently delivered a series of guest lectures at Bournemouth University for their undergraduate law students.

Rosie, who studied at Bournemouth University between 2011 and 2016, qualified as a Solicitor in 2019 before joining the Trethowans Family team in in October 2020. Throughout her career, she has endeavoured to maintain her connections with the university. (In fact, despite graduating in 2016, Rosie’s face is well known by staff and students both past and present; as well as speaking at various events, her photograph appears in the university’s prospectus and on their website. When on campus a few weeks ago, Rosie even managed to snap a selfie with her student self.)

“As a Bournemouth University graduate, I was delighted to be invited to guest lecture on their undergraduate law degree. The students are studying on the LLB (Hons) Law course at the university, which has a placement year option. This was the same course that I studied and I also undertook my postgraduate Legal Practice Course at the university before embarking on my training contract.

I delivered a series of eight guest lectures to students who chose to take the optional Family Law module in their second year. This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of family law and practice. As a practicing family solicitor, it has been fantastic to guide the students through the basics of family law and how that translates into day to day practice. I hope that the practical perspective I brought to my lectures has helped the students with their analysis, understanding and eventually potentially even practice of the law the in this area.

I covered matrimonial finances with the students as well as delivering guest lectures on the previous divorce law in England and Wales, as well as the no fault divorce law which came into force on 06 April 2022. Now is an exciting time to be a family solicitor and to be a law student – the changes are arguably the most important changes to family law in England and Wales in the past half a century. No fault divorce removes the need for casting blame to obtain a divorce; the previous law required the petitioner to cast blame at the outset and my lectures have considered how we have progressed from the a fault-based system to the much welcomed no fault system.

To be back at the university where I studied, helping to inspire the next generation, is such a privilege. The current cohort are really engaged and it is great to see so many students interested in family law. As a graduate who continues to live and work locally, it is really important to me that I do what I can do give back and engage with our thriving university community.”

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