Mrs Joanne Atkinson
Postgraduate Course Director
I gained my LL.B. at the University of Nottingham before completing the LPC at the College of Law, Chester. I qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and joined the Faculty of Business and Law on a permanent basis in 2011.
I trained as a solicitor in private practice before joining the in-house legal department of Zurich Financial Services where I advised on a wide range of issues including contract drafting, new business initiatives, regulatory compliance, consumer law, resolution of commercial disputes and intellectual property. In 2003 I was appointed Company Secretary for Zurich’s UK general insurance business, comprising some 60 companies.
I am responsible for the Faculty of Business and Law's careers development programme. I co-ordinate our highly successful professional mentoring scheme as well as the annual Law Fair, regular careers clinics, guest speakers and other careers events. I also seek to use my experience of practice and links with the legal profession to inform and develop the Faculty of Business and Law employability initiatives.