In Profile with Mark Keith – BPTC Programme Leader, Manchester
Tutor Profile: Mark Keith (BPTC Programme Leader – Manchester)
I studied the LLB (Hons) incorporating the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University
History in the workplace (Pre-BPP)
I was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 2001 and thereafter specialised in complex disease litigation at Halliwells LLP and Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP after cross qualifying as a solicitor. Cases included representing a defendant faced with co-ordinated claims by 200 claimants against their employer. An issue from this litigation was appealed to the Court of Appeal (and referenced in the White Book). I am also an accredited mediator.
I was the Programme Leader for the GDL at The University of Law in Manchester before moving to BPP University Law School in Manchester to become the BPTC Programme Leader. At The University of Law I taught on the Bar Course (Opinion Writing, Conferencing, Drafting and Civil Litigation), the Legal Practice Course (Litigation and the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Elective), the Graduate Diploma in Law Course (Tort) and the Professional Skills Course (The Skilled Negotiator and Personal Injury Modules).
Years and positions at BPP University
I have been BPTC Programme Leader here for just under 3 years and teach Civil Litigation & Evidence, Conferencing & Resolution of Disputes out of Court as well as Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence and Commercial Dispute Resolution. I have also coached mooting teams who were the runners up and then three consecutive years DAC Beachcroft Mooting Shield Champions.
Hobbies and Interests
History, Running and Walking.
Why did you choose a career in Law/ what’s the most exciting thing about Law?
It was/is a fascinating subject. I like the analytical side of the law where you really get to grips with a client’s problem and then provide your client with a solution. When you get a good result on a case and your client is happy it is all worthwhile.
What makes BPP stand out/why do you like working at BPP University?
Practical legal education which prepares students for entry into the legal profession should be delivered by people who have experience in practice, BPP University offers that.
If you could chose 3 fantasy dinner guests, past and present, who would they be and why?
Field Marshall Douglas Haig – History, I think, has been unkind but I’d like to see how he coped with being ultimately responsible for sending all those British and Commonwealth troops over the top on 1st July 1916.
David Lloyd-George – The best and the worst of politician’s traits. As Chancellor of the Exchequer he was an important part of one of the most talented governments the country has had but in the end destroyed that government and the old Liberal Party by his own ambition. Also in his memoirs he blamed Haig for what went wrong during the 1916/17 battles but waited until Haig was dead to do so. It would be nice, therefore, to give Haig the right of reply.
Simon Schama – witty, erudite, gossipy – the perfect dinner companion. He could also mediate the discussion with the other two dinner guests!
Describe yourself in 3 words
Hardworking, thoughtful, objective
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself
I walked the length of Hadrian’s Wall from Bowness on Solway to Wallsend in four days it should take six. I hurt a lot at the end but the beer at the Newcastle Beer Festival soothed the pain.
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