Dr Philip Drake is a Senior Lecturer of Law, Director of Social Responsibility for the School of Social Sciences and Director of the Justice Hub at The University of Manchester.

He is a former practising solicitor and set up the innovative Legal Advice Clinic at the University of Huddersfield in 2013. Between 2014 and 2017, and whilst working at the University of Huddersfield, Philip worked as a consultant for the University of Birmingham in their Virtuous Professionals Interventions Project.

Since 2019, Philip has been the Director of the Justice Hub at The University of Manchester, which incorporates such projects as the Legal Advice Centre, Manchester Free Legal Help Scheme, the Dementia Law Clinic, the Legal Advocacy Research Support Project, the Vacation Scheme and the Manchester Innocence Project.

Philip has attended the University of Copenhagen, the University of Southern Denmark and the University (Complutense) of Madrid to assist in them understanding the pedagogy around clinical legal education and setting up a student led legal advice centre. In Between 2019 and 2021 Philip was a member of the steering group for the Legal Education Foundation funded project 'The Law for Dementia Carers'. Philip has also recently completed a UK government £208,000 funded research project into 'The impact of Care Easements under the Coronavirus Act 2020 on co-resident older carers of people with dementia'.

In 2021, Philip jointly led a curriculum review working party at The University of Manchester which has resulted in the 'Made in Manchester' concept and social responsibility being incorporated into all teaching on the undergraduate law degree. Philip has keen research interests in the pedagogical, sociological and ethical dimensions of the law, with a particular interest in values based learning and the conflicts and tensions that arise within this sphere.

Philip has won multiple awards including the University of Manchester Faculty of Humanities award for 'Outstanding Teaching and Employability' in 2022, the Manchester Law Society's Special Recognition Award for 'Pro Bono & the Community' in 2021 and Highly Commended for the national UK LawWorks & Attorney General Award for 'Best New Pro Bono Activity' in 2021.

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Drake, P. (2023) ‘Saviours or corporate drones? The vocational habitus of neophyte lawyers in law clinics in the UK’. In the Annual Meeting of the Research Committee on Sociology of Law, 30 August – 1 September 2023 (due), Lunds Universitet, Sweden.

Price, D., Drake, P., Allen, N. & Astbury, J. (2022) The Impact of Care Act Easements under the Coronavirus Act 2020 on older carers supporting family members living with dementia at home. Final Report / November 2022. National Institute for Health and Social Care Research. https://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=64273.

Drake, P. (2022) ‘Workshop: Why a Legal Clinic Education’. On personal invite, 24 November 2022, University Compluetense Madrid.

Drake, P. (2022) ‘The Case for Social Responsibility in Law Teaching’. Invited panel member for the International University Social Responsibility Network Summit: Education & Action for a Sustainable Future, 17-18 November 2022; The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) (online).

Drake, P. & Sanderson, P. (2022) ‘Social Justice warriors or oven ready lawyers? Student experiences of an English Legal Advice Clinic’. In the Global Meeting on Law and Society, 13-16 July: ISCTE University Institute of Lisbon.

Astbury, J., Drake, P., Price, D. & Allen, N. (2022) ‘Older carers and their spouses living at home with dementia: a relational approach to understanding responses to service disengagement during the pandemic’. In the British Society of Gerontology 51st Annual Conference, 6-8 July 2022: University of West England (online).

Drake, P. & Abbot, C. (2022) ‘Embedding Ethical and Social Responsibility Awareness in the UG Law Curriculum – The ‘Made in Manchester’ Law Student’. In the Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, 11-12 April 2022: University of Manchester.

McGourlay, C., Drake, P., Walker, F. & Hoyle, C. (2021) ‘Reflecting on the adaptation of a vacation scheme during COVID-19 with our external partners – Out of imposition comes good practice. In the University of Hull Learning and Teaching Conference, 13-14 July 2021; University of Hull (online).

Drake, P., Hoyle, C. & McGourlay, C. (2021) ‘Venturing into the virtual: Adjusting, innovating and adapting a vacation scheme in a Covid-19 reality’. In the Association of Law Teachers (ALT) Conference: Disrupting Legal Education, 15-16 April 2021; Aston University (online).

Drake, P. (2019) Pro bono week 2019—compulsory pro bono revisited. LexisNexis PSL. https://bit.ly/32uq3DL.

McGourlay, C., Drake, P. & Hoyle, C. (2019) ‘Uniting for Justice – Connecting, Coordinating and Collaborating through the Justice Hub ‘. In the European Network for Clinical Legal Education and International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference, 3-5 July 2019; Comenius University, Bratislava.

Drake, P. & Sanderson, P. (2019) ‘Transactional Ethics and Ethical Transactions in Clinical Legal Education’. Colloquium: A need for legal clinical work? Theoretical & practical concerns. 28 February – 1 March 2019; University of Southern Denmark.

Drake, P. & Sanderson, P. (2018) ‘Formal and Substantive Conceptions of Justice in Law Students Sense-making of Advice Practice in CLE’. International Legal Ethics Conference, 6-8 December 2018; University of Melbourne.

Sanderson, P. & Drake, P. (2018) ‘Making sense of the law in a time of austerity’ In the ‘Law and Citizenship Beyond the States” Research Committee on Sociology of Law Conference, 10-13 September 2018: University Institute of Lisbon.

Drake, P., Taylor, N. & Toddington, S. (2018) ‘Ethical Engagement, Embedded Reflection, and Mutual Empowerment in the Clinical Process’. Ashford and McKeown’s Edited collection: Social Justice and Legal Education, Cambridge Scholars. ISSN (10): 1-5275-0646-0.

Drake, P. (2018) ‘The Anthropology of Crisis: Professional Identity Formation in Changing Times’ In the Educating for Uncertainty: Education in Law and Criminal Justice in an Uncertain World Symposium, 8 May 2018: University of Leeds.

Drake, P. (2017) ‘Law Outside the Vacuum’. In the 12th Journal of Vocational Educational Training, 9th July 2017: Worcester College, Oxford.

Drake, P. (2017) ‘It’s Been Emotional: An Ethnographic Study of Student Interaction in a University Law Clinic’. In the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, 6 April 2017: Newcastle University.

Drake, P. & Toddington, S. (2014) Structuring Ethical Values through Clinical Legal Education. Plenary Speakers in the CLEO (Clinical Legal Education Organisation) Conference, 27 November 2014: Sheffield Hallam University.

Drake, P. & Toddington, S. (2014) Ethically, autonomous lawyering for the future. In the Taking Social Justice Seriously: The Future of Clinical Education, 3 November 2014: University of Sheffield.

Drake, P. & Toddington, S. (2014) The Depths of dialogue: Ethics, Interests and the Behavioural Economics of the ‘Collaborative’. In the International Legal Ethics Conference VI, 10 July 2014: City University, London.

Drake, P. & Toddington, S. (2014) ‘Refashioning our ideas about lawyer and client collaboration’. Plenary Speakers in the UCL International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services, 20 June 2014, UCL, London.

Drake, P., Carlin, J., King, L., Moore, J & Turner, R. (students) (2014) ‘An integrated and embedded approach to learning ethics in the Law’ The Association of Law Teachers Conference, 14 April 2014, The Queens, Leeds.

Drake, P. & Toddington, S. (2014) ‘The Depths of Dialogue: Ethics, Interests and the Behavioural Economics of ‘Collaborative’ Lawyering. In the Teaching Legal Ethics Group UK: Workshop on Responding to the LETR, 22 March 2014: City University London.

Drake, P., Carlin, J., King, L., Moore, .J & Turner, R. (students) (2014). ‘The University of Huddersfield’s Legal Advice Clinic’. In the University of Huddersfield’s Inaugural Social Justice Lecture, 16 January 2014, University of Huddersfield.

Drake, P. & Toddington, S. (2013) ‘Reflections on moral courage and the necessity of practical wisdom’. In the Teaching Legal Ethics Group UK: Workshop on Understanding and Learning Moral Courage, 12 July 2013: City University London.

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2013) ‘Clinical Pathways to Ethically Substantive Autonomy’ International Journal of Clinical Legal Education. ISSN 1467-1069

Drake, P. (2013) Online electronic test materials, Trusts and Equity, Pearsons.

Drake, P. & Toddington, S. (2013) ‘Ethics and Outcomes: Autonomy and Technique in Legal Education’. In the Work Based Learning Annual Conference, 12 April 2013: Birkbeck College, University of London.

Drake, P., Croft, J., Moore, J., Turner, R. & Wood, E. (2012) ‘Law Clinic – Learning Law in the Community’. In. University of Huddersfield Research Festival, 11th – 13th September 2012, University of Huddersfield

Toddington, S., Drake, P, & Tobbell, S (2012) ‘The Ethical Dynamics of Learning: Empowerment and Responsibility in Clinical Legal Education’. In: International Journal of Clinical Education Conference, 10th -13th July 2012, Durham University

Events and activities

In 2022, Philip was invited to Madrid to consult with and assist staff at the University Complutense Madrid on setting up a Legal Advice Clinic, University Complutense Madrid;

In 2021, and in conjunction with European law firm, Fieldfisher, Philip set up the Career Focus Partnership for students of the University of Manchester Law department from under-represented ethnic backgrounds. The scheme includes skills sessions, year-long mentoring and the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through a short internship. Successful completion of the internship guarantees the students a spot in the firm’s trainee assessment centre.

Since 2021, as part of the curriculum review, Philip has jointly led a working party to incorporate social responsibility teaching into the new law degree, due to start in September 2022 and the concept of the ‘Made in Manchester’ student. As a consequence, social responsibility will form an integral part of the new law degree, with all taught courses on the undergraduate degree containing elements of social responsibility, where these elements are flagged up to the students and as an important consideration of their course.

Since 2019, Philip has been a member of the steering group for a Legal Education Foundation £100,000+ funded project – ‘The Law for Dementia Carers’. The purpose of this project is to support unpaid carers of people living with dementia understand the law and be able to exercise their legal rights and to also educate health and social care professionals. Learning modules are designed to provide knowledge of legal issues which carers may encounter on their caring journey i.e. diagnosing well, supporting well, living well, dying well.

In 2019, Philip was invited to provide a seminar and series of meetings to staff at the University of Southern Denmark on setting up a Legal Advice Clinic, University of Southern Denmark;

Between 2014 and 2017, Philip worked as a consultant for the University of Birmingham’s Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues in their Virtuous Professionals Interventions Project.

From 2013 to 2017, Philip initiated and organised a series of annual social justice lectures at the University of Huddersfield involving the LAC students speaking to a public audience and speakers ranging from the President of the Law Society of England and Wales, to Michael Mansfield QC, Angela Patrick (then of JUSTICE) and Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire. In March 2017, Philip also arranged an event where Michael Mansfield QC returned to the university to provide a ‘Silence of Suicide’ open forum to attempt to break down the stigma attached to suicide.

As the Director of the Legal Advice Clinic at the University of Huddersfield, Philip created and established a number of external partnerships between the University Law School and the local county court, solicitor firms, charities and advice centres.

In 2013, Philip was central to establishing a Legal Advice Clinic at the University of Huddersfield and its situation off campus in shop premises in Huddersfield town centre.

In 2012, Philip was a member of a team of academics who were awarded a sum of £50,390 by the Higher Education Academy to work collaboratively with psychologists and look at the implementation and evaluation of legal education in a British Law Clinic.



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