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David Sixsmith

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I am an Assistant Professor in Law at Northumbria University, where I also studied for both my undergraduate and LL.M. degrees. I qualified as a solicitor at Evans and Co Solicitors in County Durham in 2011, subsequently becoming a partner in the practice. I moved into academia in 2016, joining the University of Sunderland where I was senior lecturer in law and Legal Practice Course programme leader, before moving to Northumbria in February 2023. My teaching specialisms include Wills and Administration of Estates, Trusts, and Dispute Resolution.

My research interests and publications are primarily in the area of civil dispute resolution, civil justice reform and online dispute resolution, and I was awarded my PhD, which put forward recommendations to enhance the proposed online dispute resolution model for low value civil claims in England and Wales, in February 2023. I am currently working on an edited collection concerning the role and function of mediation within the modern civil justice system with colleagues at the University of Leicester, to which I am also contributing a chapter.

My research interests also encompass legal education, particularly solicitor legal training and the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). I am currently working in collaboration with colleagues on a project assessing the impact of the SQE on undergraduate law provision. I am also the joint series editor of a series of revision guides designed to assist candidates with revising for their SQE1 assessments, Revise SQE. I authored the revision guide on Dispute Resolution from that series.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, University of Sunderland

1 Sep 20181 Feb 2023

Award Date: 1 Feb 2023

Law, LLM, Northumbria University

1 Sep 201431 Jul 2016

Award Date: 31 Jul 2016

Law, LLB (Hons), Northumbria University

1 Sep 200531 Jul 2005

Award Date: 31 Jul 2009

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