14 February 2018
This is Barely Legal, a new blog series established by a group of Law students from the School to discuss contemporary legal issues. Through these blogs we hope to share our passion for law, as well as raise social awareness of various different (and often complex) areas of law. In this first blog post we introduce the members of our team.

Audrey Tambudzai:
I am a second year Law student and I am beyond excited to be contributing to the Law School Blog Series this coming year! At times, Law can seem inaccessible and far removed from everyday life. It’s what I used to think before taking on this degree, and what many still do. Law governs our everyday lives and affects every facet of society.  Law is fascinating and an understanding of its mechanics is necessary to help better understand the fabric of our society. The Law School’s blog already is a great platform for discussion and I hope that our contributions will help to add to the vast wealth of knowledge already displayed.

Bryan Kong:
I am a second year student doing a Law with Criminology degree. Law is not an easy subject to understand, yet it is fascinating. The Law itself is a principle for all of us to work together, sharing common ideologies for how society should work. Without law and the guidelines is provides, anarchy could rule with everyone having different views on appropriate behaviour without recourse to punishment or damages. Through my blog posts I will try to link the gap between society and law by sharing knowledge and opinions on current legal issues.

Daniel Dainty:
I am a second year Law student and my main passion within law is my desire to advocate for a more grassroots level approach, within communities, to a legal education. I passionately believe that every member of society should, at some point within their secondary school studies, be educated on the basic principles that underpin the laws in the UK. Not only would this inspire the next generation of lawyers, it would also provide society with more critical thinkers, who, at times of national turbulence, can ensure the UKs best interests are upheld.

Gazi Jabin:
It’s really a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together. That is what I can say about my life. I am a second year Law student at Lancaster University. I come from a multicultural background: I was born in Bangladesh and moved to Toronto, Canada when I was 16-years-old. Being part of this Law School Blog Series is definitely an opportunity to bring out often undiscussed issues in relation to Law. I hope that blog readers may gain some new perspectives from my contributions.

James Hudson:
I’m a second year law student here at Lancaster University. I am also a member of the Law School’s Miscarriages of Justice Clinic where it is my job, as part of a team, to investigate potential miscarriages of justice and, where appropriate, prepare a case to present to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. I am looking forward to being part of the Law School’s Blog as it will allow me the opportunity to investigate new areas of law.

Jordie Isaacs:
I am nearing the end of my second year at Lancaster University. Since starting my journey learning about the law, I have wanted to reveal common issues with, and misconceptions about, the law. The law itself is a complex matter filled with much debate and controversy, but you will find it is intertwined in even the most trivial parts of your life. Take that coffee you bought this morning; that was communicated as a type of contract. Even when you walk in to a shop, elements of the law are at play. Yet, how can something which holds such influence over our lives become so disconnected from us. That is what led to the creation of Barely Legal Bloggers, aiming to close the gaps in understanding between the law and society.

Lauren Parkinson:
I’m a second-year Law student at Lancaster University. I have been captivated by the complexity of many of the issues relating to law for several years, and the way it is prevalent in every aspect of society. I am excited to take on this new opportunity with the Law blog and am eager to get started.

Natasha Williams:
I’m a second year Law LLB undergraduate with a real aspiration to become a solicitor in the future. I’m heavily involved in academic and extra-curricular activities, so this blogging opportunity which combines both are perfect for me!

Paulina Bodzak:
I am a second year Law (Study Abroad) student. My interest in studying Law stems from an experience where I appeared as an interpreter for a defendant at Chorley Magistrates’ Court in 2014. The success of the trial and being able to use my bilingual skills encouraged me to research Law as a possible university course. Since coming to university, I have had a particular interest in the UK’s restorative practice within the criminal justice system; looking at the treatment of prisoners, rehabilitation, and the prevention of crime. For my year abroad, I will be living in Uppsala, Sweden where I hope to focus my research on restorative practices in a wider European context.