Operations Managers

Ellen Shearer

Ellen was our Operational Manager, with a strong interest in criminal and medical law. As Operational Manager she worked closely with all areas of the team to oversee case handling.

Ellen is hoping to complete the diploma in 2020 after graduation and hopefully secure a traineeship in COPFS or governmental work.


Patricia Taylor 

Patricia was the Senior Operations Manager of the GCU Law Clinic, having fulfilled the junior role in her penultimate year of University. This involves creating the methods employed by The Law Clinic’s volunteers which are then used in relation to approaching and resolving cases.

With a keen interest in the commercial law, Patricia is hoping to undertake a Masters in International Commercial Law following her LLB. She then aims to commence her diploma in legal practice in 2017.



Kieran McLaughlin

Following on from my experience at Citizens Advice Direct I was heavily involved in the start-up of the Law Clinic. I would recommend the Law Clinic to all students. In reality most students will graduate with either a 2.1 or a 1st class honours. On paper at application stage, it is hard for employers to distinguish between students. The Law clinic is an opportunity to not only develop personal skills and ability to communicate with others but also to help set you apart from other students. It is also a good networking opportunity as it allows interaction between students in different years.Having graduated with a 1st class honours in LLB Scots Law with a corporate finance pathway in June 2014, I was awarded the Scottish Government Postgraduate Taught Scholarship to complete an LLM Oil and Gas Law with professional skills at University of Aberdeen. I gained distinction from my LLM in Oil and Gas Law, with straight A’s across every module. I am an active networker and since arriving in Aberdeen I have completed placements in the Oil and Gas teams of Pinsent Masons, CMS and Maclay, Murray and Spens. I have since accepted an Oil and Gas specific traineeship based in Aberdeen with Brodies commencing August 2016. This traineeship is unique in the fact it is wholly dedicated to oil and gas law. I have a passion for industry and I hope that specialising at an early stage will allow me to assist with a higher level of work more quickly and the experience gained will also mean that I will hit the ground running as an NQ. I am currently completing my DPLP at the University of Aberdeen.

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