University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

Benefactors to the Faculty of Law and the Squire Law Library

The Faculty of Law and the Squire Law Library are extremely grateful for the support they receive in the form of gifts and benefactions.

These acts of generosity enable the Faculty to enhance teaching provision through Faculty and College appointments, offer student bursaries, encourage visitor schemes, run student exchanges with other Universities, and support state-of-the-art computer research facilities for the benefit of undergraduate students and advanced researchers alike.

The high quality of the service provided by the Squire Law Library continues to be greatly enhanced by the support it receives for the collections, especially for materials relating to undergraduate study, and also in respect of subscriptions to key electronic legal databases that students depend upon for the modern study and research of law. The Library is also greatly appreciative to all those who have made contributions to the Squire Law Library Centenary Appeal.

We are especially grateful to the following benefactors for their generous support:

Mr Brian Buckley

Legal History

Mr Buckley has made a significant gift in support of legal history. This donation was of great benefit to the Library as it provided funds to allow the cataloguing of many antiquarian law books which are now housed in the Maitland Legal History Room. Moreover, the gift will allow for the acquisition of digital copies of manuscript law reports not currently available to scholars in Cambridge; a further enhancement to the Squire's historic collections. See:

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Mr Buckley has also made generous contributions towards the Squire Law Library Centenary Appeal. Read the article in LawLink Issue 6, page 6.

Essex Court Chambers

The Cambridge Alumni members of Essex Court Chambers generously contributed to the Squire Law Library Centenary Appeal.                                                                      

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are generously funding the Freshfields Legal Research Skills Course.

The course is designed to satisfy the requirements of the Law Society and the Bar Council by teaching students the skills to conduct legal research using both the traditional printed sources as well as the various electronic legal databases and web services. For more information see the Freshfields Course webpage.

The support provided by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has allowed the Faculty to create, equip and maintain, a dedicated Legal IT Centre on the second floor of the Squire Law Library that is used for both teaching and research purposes. The donation has also enabled the appointment of a lecturer, the Freshfields Legal IT Teaching and Development Officer, together with a Freshfields IT Support Officer. In addition the funding has also supported web-page development for both the Faculty and the Squire and contributed to the subscription costs of some electronic legal services.  The firm also supports the Faculty Open Day.

Also see articles from LawLink Issue 1, Issue 2 and Issue 9.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills Visitor Scheme

Herbert Smith Freehills have supported this important Visitor Scheme since 2002, enabling distinguished academics and practitioners from around the world to carry out research, either individually or in collaboration with Faculty members, in Cambridge.

Read the article in Lawlink Issue 4, page 2.

Squire Centenary Appeal

Members of the firm generously supported the Squire Law Library Centenary Appeal.

2014-15 MCL African Bursary

Herbert Smith Freehills also created a generous bursary scheme for the Masters Degree in Corporate Law (MCL) from which African applicants can benefit.

The MCL Admissions Committee will, once the making of offers to join the MCL have been finalised, consider afresh the academic results of those who fall within the parameters of the bursary scheme to determine the recipient (or recipients) of the bursary. Applicants who are nationals of a country in Africa are eligible. The MCL Admissions Committee will determine eligibility in the event of doubt. The bursary (or bursaries) will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

The total amount of the bursary is £22,050. If there is one recipient, the bursary will cover their MCL course fees. If there are two recipients, the bursary will cover for each recipient one-half of their course fees. In addition, Herbert Smith Freehills will offer to the recipient(s) of the bursary a one week work experience placement in their London office. This placement will take place during one of the student(s)' breaks between academic terms. Herbert Smith Freehills will pay a stipend to cover travel and accommodation.

Applicants who are offered a place on the MCL and are eligible for the bursary do not need to apply. Their file will be considered automatically by the MCL Admissions Committee.

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Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells Lecturer in Company Law

Hogan Lovells currently funds a University Lectureship in Law. The post is held by Dr Richard Williams.                                                                                                

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Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May are supporting undergraduate teaching by funding a Teaching Fellow in Law, a concurrent appointment with a Lectureship at Selwyn College.

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Mr William Charnley

The William Charnley Law Bursaries at Hughes Hall

Mr Charnley, Fellow of Hughes Hall and Partner at King & Spalding, is kindly helping to fund two law students per year for five years at Hughes Hall from October 2008. The bursaries are intended for LL.M and PhD students and preference will be given to students in the UK who are intending to practice in the legal profession in this country.


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The William Charnley Law Bursaries at Pembroke College

Mr Charnley is also sponsoring two bursaries at Pembroke College for undergraduates reading Law. These will be awarded over the next five years, beginning in 2009, and are open to all eligible undergraduates, with a preference for those from maintained-sector schools in the north-west of England.


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The Mayer Brown Research Fellowship in Public International Law

Also thanks to the good offices of William Charnley a Research Fellowship in Public International Law has been established in conjunction with the Lauterpacht Centre. The first Mayer Brown Fellow will take up post in October 2009. For more information, please contact Matthew Mellor, Pembroke College, Cambridge CB2 1RF, 01223 339079.

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Weil Gotshal & Manges

Weil Gotshal & Manges generously supported the Squire Law Library and undergraduate teaching at Cambridge by funding the purchase of copies of teaching materials such as textbooks, monographs, statute books, and standard legal reference works. In addition, the donation contributed to the funding of subscriptions to law reports and legal journals and certain electronic services that are heavily used by the undergraduate students.

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