One of the country's leading experts on Lord Woolf's civil justice reforms is joining the College of Law to train lawyers before the reforms take hold in April.
Suzanne Burn must squeeze in her new role as senior consultant when she joins the college in March, between writing a book and fulfilling her duties as a deputy district judge and a London Ambulance Trust director.
Burn, who is currently the secretary to the Law Society's civil litigation committee, has served on the working parties of the Woolf Inquiry and the Lord Chancellor's Department and is also the co-author of two pre-action protocols.
An experienced litigation solicitor, she has also practised in both a City and Lincoln's Inn firm and claims that having had so much input into drawing up the reforms it was logical for her to help train the legal profession in their use as well as implementing them from the bench.
“The reforms are quite difficult and all litigators need training and quickly. The timetable is very tight and for lawyers and judges to gear up in time is going to be quite an undertaking,” she says.
A College of Law spokesman says: “We regard Suzanne Burn – one of the foremost experts on the Woolf reforms – as a great catch for the college. She will further strengthen the college's team of Woolf experts.”