Beverley Rizzotto

Beverley RizzottoFaculty

Faculty of Social Sciences

School

Wolverhampton Law School

Role

Legal Advice Centre Manager and Lecturer

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 321749

Email: Beverley.rizzotto@wlv.ac.uk

Address:            

University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
Mary Seacole Building
City Campus (North)
Wolverhampton
WV1 1AD

Areas of expertise:

Criminal Law, English Legal System

Biography

Beverley completed the academic stage of legal training obtaining a 2:1 in Law at Liverpool John Moores University, and a commendation on the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, York.  She commenced her training contract in September 2006 at a small criminal defence practice in Shropshire, where she gained experience working on a range of cases from road traffic matters to murder, representing clients in interview at the investigation stage at the police station, through to Crown Court representation.

Beverley qualified as a solicitor in 2008, and continued to work as a criminal defence solicitor and advocate, representing clients in proceedings at the Magistrates and Crown Court, and also at adjudication and parole board hearings, and continuing as an accredited police station representative. She continues to practise as a Duty Solicitor in East London.

In 2014 Beverley completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Wolverhampton, and has since taught law in further education and at postgraduate level on the Legal Practice Course and CILEx Level 6 Diploma. In 2015, she completed a LLM in Legal Practice, after completing a dissertation on the changes and developments to legal aid and the access to justice in criminal proceedings.

In her role as Legal Advice Centre Manager at the University, Beverley is committed to experiential learning and assisting students to fulfil their potential in gaining practical experience to complement their academic studies. Beverley has an interest in supporting and promoting additional activities with a view to embedding employability into legal education.

Beverley also provides support to students in the management and training of other pro bono initiatives, such as ‘Wolverhampton Legal Companions.’ She delivers training in relation to both criminal and civil legal aid to student volunteers, and assists with referrals to/from the University’s Legal Advice Centre, and is on hand to assist student volunteers in dealing with more difficult enquiries.

Academic qualifications

  • LLM Legal Practice, London Metropolitan University (2014-15)
  • PGCE (Post Compulsory Education), University of Wolverhampton (2013-14)
  • Legal Practice Course, College of Law York (2004-05)
  • LLB (Hons) Law, Liverpool John Moores University (2001-04)

Teaching interests

  • Criminal Litigation and Practice
  • English Legal System
  • Interviewing, Advising & Advocacy Skills
  • Criminal Law

Research interests

Clinical Legal Education
Student involvement in pro bono work within the legal profession

Corporate and community engagement

Professional body membership and roles

  • Law Society Member and Criminal Litigation Accreditation Member
  • Member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Practising Criminal Defence Solicitor
  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars

External academic roles

Engagement with QLTS in producing academic and examination materials