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Mr John James Mitchell


I am a Teaching Fellow at Portsmouth Law School in the fields of legal professional practice and criminal law. I am also a solicitor and I am one of the Supervising Solicitors in the Law School's Legal Advice Clinic.


I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2016 and became a Teaching Fellow in 2017. Prior to that I was in private practice for 40 years as a criminal and regulatory lawyer specialising in food, water and environmental law, with a client base in the retail, leisure, food manufacturing and water industries.

Teaching Responsibilities

I have two distinct areas of teaching responsibility.

First, I teach on the Level 6 Law in Practice module, in which the students, supervised by solicitors, provide legal advice to members of the public in the Legal Advice Clinic and then undertake follow-up work for them. A key component of this module is reflective practice - using personal reflection to drive constant professional improvement.

Secondly, I teach on modules that involve those aspects of the criminal law which apply to businesses and people who work for businesses - business crime, financial crime and white collar crime in common jargon.

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