Our Lawyer of the Month is Angela Jackman, who won an Outstanding Achievement award at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Silver Jubilee awards in 2009.
Angelawon the award in recognition of her long-standing work at the Hackney Community Law Centre, her involvement in pro bono legal services and for leading in the field of Education, Mental Capacity and Community Care Law. In October 2009, she featured as a role model of achievement at the Law Society’s inaugural Black History Month celebrations and in 2010, she was a speaker at its Inspirational Evening Event.
Angela is a partner at the London office of Maxwell Gillott, which also has a branch in Lancaster, and was involved in the launch of its City office in April 2010. She had previously been a partner at Fisher Meredith, which she joined in 2001.
Chambers and Partnersfirst ranked Angela as a leader in Education Law in 2003 and she has held the prestigious rank of Band 1 Best in the UK for Education since 2009. She is also ranked in the directory as Band 3 for Civil Liberties – she has a particular interest in children’s community care issues and has developed a niche practice in Court of Protection best interest cases.
Angela graduated in Law from Balliol College, University of Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 1987, having trained at Evans Butler Wade in Greenwich, South London.After qualification she joined the Hackney Community Law Centre and practised there for 13 years, specialising in education, immigration and asylum and housing. Whilst working at the Law Centre, she became actively involved in grassroots community groups, including the Hackney Action for Racial Equality and the Hackney Anti-Deportation campaign, and provided free advice to numerous voluntary organisations and charities.
Angela convened the Law Centre’s Federation Education Working Party and facilitated workshops at its national conferences. She was also invited by the Legal Services Commission to join a working party which devised supervisor standards in education.
She joined Fisher Meredith in 2001 and became a salaried partner in 2006, before taking up her current post at Maxwell Gillott as a partner. She and colleague Oliver Studdert head the Public Law branch of the new London office.
Angela is also an experienced writer and trainer. She co-wrote Practical Education Law, which was published by the Law Society in 2005 and regularly write articles for legal publications. She is also an established trainer for companies such as Central Law Trainingand MBL Seminars.
She is a member of the College of Law pro bono Legal Advice Centre’s advisory panel and the Secretary of the Education Law Practitioners’ Group, which organises seminars for Education Law practitioners and spearheads responses to Government consultations.
In her spare time Angela enjoys 10K runs, traditional African dance and world music.
Below is our interview with Angela:
AJ: Articled clerk/trainee solicitor at Evans Butler Wade Solicitors in Greenwich, South London. Before then, Saturday girl at C&A’s, so that was really my first job.
BLD:Why did you choose a legal career?
BLD: If you were to choose another role/profession other than Law, what would it be and why?
BLD:What was the best career advice you were given?
BLD:What was the worst career advice you were given?
BLD:What career advice would you give to others?
BLD:Who is the person you most admire (dead or alive) and why?
BLD:What are you most passionate/happiest about?
BLD:What are your dislikes?
BLD:What was your worst moment as a lawyer?
BLD:Tell us about your professional high point(s).
BLD:What was the most famous/interesting case(s) you handled?
BLD:Any professional regrets?
BLD:If you could rule the world for a day what would you change/do?