AuthorNatalie Lee
PositionProfessor of Tax Law, Head of the Law School, University of Southampton
It is my very great pleasure to be Head of the Law School at the inauguration
of the Southampton Student Law Review. One of only a few other student law
reviews in the United Kingdom, this new publication is both managed and
written by students associated with the University of Southampton. It is the
brainchild of Ross W. Martin, an accelerated LLB student fr om the United
States, and was spearheaded by Harry East, one of our current postgraduate
research students, without whom this volume would not exist. Emma
Nottingham was instrumental in gathering submissions, especially by running
a contest for the best case comment, while Thomas Webber contributed by
editing articles. It is intended as a showcase for some of the very best work
produced by students in the Law School at the University of Southampton as
well as a forum for them to present their ideas outside the confines of pieces of
work set for assessment purposes. By encouraging submissions from
undergraduate and postgraduate taught students as well as research students,
this can only contribute to the research cultur e of the School. The student law
review is something that has a long tradition in the United States, where
editors of reviews from the leading law schools can expect their editorial
position to assure them of employment as law clerks in the highest courts or in
the top firms in the country. I hope that, in time, the Southampton Student
Law Review will not only contribute greatly to the education of students
reading Law at Southampton by encouraging discussion of some of the most
difficult legal issues of our time, but also that it will be read by a wide audience
that includes potential employers and will become recognised as a serious
A unique feature of our undergraduate programme, final year students are
required to wr ite a 10,000 word dissertation on a subject of t heir choice, with
supervision being provided by an academic member of staff. This element in
the degree programme is designed to promote independent research by the
students, building upon the foundations of the first two years of the LLB. The
initial issues of the Review will include the seven best undergraduate
dissertations from 2011, which are testament to the research skills and
independence of thought that characterise our graduates.
The task of the student editorial board to keep up the momentum of the fir st
two issues will be an onerous one, but they can be assured of a helping hand
from my academic colleagues in the Law School. I wish all those currently
involved with the Southampton Student Law Review, and those who will
become involved in future years, great success with this new and exciting
Professor Natalie Lee, Barrister
Professor of Tax Law
Head of the Law School, University of Southampton
July 2011

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