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Sadie Whittam

Solicitor (practising), Lecturer and Director of Clinical Legal Education

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Sadie is a practising Solicitor, Lecturer and Director of Clinical Legal Education in the Law School. Sadie specialises in Civil Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Clinical Legal Education.  

Prior to joining the University, Sadie was a Solicitor at a Magic Circle law firm in London. In this role, she worked on high profile Litigation and Regulatory disputes and was seconded to the firm's Amsterdam office and later to the legal team of a Premier League football club. Sadie also worked as a Solicitor in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team of a global law firm based in Manchester. 

Sadie is the Director of Lancaster University’s award-winning Law Clinic and she is passionate about community engagement. In the Law Clinic, students interview members of the public about their legal cases, conduct legal research and draft letters of advice to clients under the supervision of a qualified lawyer. The Law Clinic has provided hundreds of thousands of pounds of free legal advice to the public. The Law Clinic won the FASS Outstanding Contribution to Engagement Award in 2020. Sadie founded the University’s first Policy Law Clinic in 2021. 

Sadie has developed and implemented an innovative Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution module. In this module, students follow a simulated case from the first client interview through to trial, completing all the key stages of a case. Sadie was Highly Commended for the Pilkington Teaching Award for her design and convenorship of this module.  

Sadie's research focuses on Civil Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Clinical Legal Education. Sadie's current research focuses on artificial intelligence and civil liability. Sadie’s work has been published in leading international journals, including The Company Lawyer, the International Journal of Law and Information Technology and the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education.  

Sadie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Sadie was a 2021/22 Fellow of the Institute for Curriculum Enhancement. Sadie is a 2023/24 Bonington Leadership Fellow.  

Sadie is the Dean of Pendle College.  

Externally, Sadie is the Chief Examiner (Module Lead) for CILEX's Advanced Dispute Resolution module and Tort module. Sadie is also Assessment Representative on the Learning and Development Steering Group of The Law Society of England and Wales.  


Current Teaching

Sadie convenes the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules: 

  • Law 181 (Business, Law and Technology)
  • Law 238 (Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution)  
  • Law 281 (Mediation and Conflict Resolution) 
  • Law 381 (Advanced Clinical Learning) 
  • Law 385 (Law Clinic) 
  • LLM 5381 (Postgraduate Law Clinic) 

Sadie also guest lectures on Law 101x and Law 101y (English Legal System and Methods). 


Research Interests

Sadie's research focuses on Civil Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Clinical Legal Education. 

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