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 Byron Jones

Byron Jones

Senior Lecturer and Head of Centre for Professional Legal Studies

School of Law and Politics

Email
jonesbl@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44(0)29 2087 6960
Campuses
3.27, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX

I am Head of the School's Centre for Professional Legal Studies (CPLS) at Cardiff University's School of Law and Politics. CPLS is the department with the School which is responsible for the Legal Practice Course (LPC), Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and a range of other courses for the legal profession.

I am also the LPC Course Leader for both the full and part time modes. The LPC is the postgraduate, vocational course for students wishing to qualify as solicitors in England and Wales.

I have over 25 years experience of delivery of vocational legal education, and was previously a solicitor in private practice.

I have many years experience as an external examiner at other LPC providers, currently at City, University of London, and I have experience of undertaking periodic reviews and consultancy work for other institutions.

My external commitments include directorship of Central Applications Board Limited, membership of the Law Society's Wills and Equity Committee, membership of the Cardiff and District Law Society's council and membership of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) Reference Group.

My areas of interest are in various aspects of Private Client work - Wills, Trusts, Estates, Equity, Taxation, Mental Capacity, Social Care, Welfare Benefits - and I also have an interest in general regulatory issues affecting the legal profession.

I am currently writing one of the textbooks in OUP's proposed series of texts to prepare candidates for the SQE, on Wills, Trusts and Accounts.

Byron studied for a law degree at University College, London, graduating in 1986. Following graduation, he took the Bar Finals Course at the Inns of Court School of Law and then worked in the Tax Division of Arthur Andersen & Co, accountants, in their London office.  In 1989 he moved back to South Wales to qualify as a solicitor.  From 1989 to joining the University in 1993 he worked as a trainee and an assistant solicitor with Hugh James, Jones and Jenkins (now Hugh James), in Cardiff and Talbot Green.

In 1993 he joined the University, to work on the newly validated Legal Practice Course (LPC), continuing his legal practice for a short while before concentrating full time on his teaching activities. In 2004 Byron was appointed LPC Course Leader for what was then a full time course only, and in 2010 took on the additional role of LPC Course Leader for the part time course when the part time mode was first offered by Cardiff.

In 2017, Byron was appointed Deputy Head of the School's Centre for Professional Legal Studies (CPLS), the department that delivers the LPC, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and a range of short courses to the legal profession. In 2019, Byron was appointed as the Head of CPLS.

On the LPC, he is currently module leader for Professional Conduct and Regulation, Solicitors’ Accounts, Wills and Administration of Estates and the elective module of Private Client. He is also module leader for Interviewing and Advising and has overall responsibility for Taxation. In previous years Byron has taught Conveyancing, Housing Law, Business Law and Practice, and Mergers and Acquisitions.

On the GDL, Byron is the module leader for Equity and Trusts.

Byron has been a Law Society and SRA external examiner for nearly 20 years at a wide range of other LPC providers (University of Wolverhampton, the College of Law, Sheffield University, Nottingham Trent University, Kaplan Law School, Northumbria University).  Currently, he is an external examiner for the LPC at City, University of London. He has also undertaken several periodic reviews and consultancy work for other universities.

Byron is currently a member of the Cardiff and District Law Society's council, a director of the Central Applications Board Limited, a member of the Law Society’s Wills and Equity Committee, and a member of the SRA's Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) Reference Group.

He is currently writing one of the textbooks in OUP's proposed series of texts to prepare candidates for the SRA's new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), on Wills, Trusts and Accounts.

My main teaching responsibilities are on the Legal Practice Course (LPC). I am module leader for a wide range of LPC subjects and skills, including Professional Conduct and Regulation, Solicitors’ Accounts, Taxation, Wills and Administration of Estates, Interviewing and Advising and an elective module, Private Client.

As I have been teaching on the LPC for over 25 years, I have also taught other subjects In previous years, including Conveyancing, Housing Law, Business Law and Practice, and Mergers and Acquisitions.

My other significant teaching responsibility is as module leader for the GDL module, Equity and Trusts.

I do not have research responsibilities as part of my role, but I keep up to date with changes to the law and procedure for the subjects that I cover, and my roles on the Law Society's Wills and Equity Committee and with the local (Cardiff and District) law society assist me in keeping up-to-date with the latest developments affecting the legal profession, particularly in my fields of interest - Wills, Trusts, Estates, Equity, Taxation, Mental Capacity, Social Care, Welfare Benefits and Private Client work.

I am also currently writing one of the textbooks in OUP's proposed series of texts to prepare candidates for the SRA's new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), on Wills, Trusts and Accounts.

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