Professor John Fitzpatrick

Director, Kent Law Clinic


Professor John Fitzpatrick worked for fifteen years in Community Law Centres (first as a client and later as a solicitor) in Brixton and Hammersmith before joining the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1991 as a lecturer in law. He currently teaches human rights law and public law in the University.

He has served on the management committee of the Hammersmith and Fulham Community Law Centre since 1991, and from 2007 to 2009 was Chair of the Law Centres Federation representing the Law Centres of England and Wales. Since 1991 he has been the Director of the Kent Law Clinic in the University.

The Clinic is a joint endeavour of students and academic staff in the Kent Law School and volunteer solicitors and barristers in private practice. It provides free legal advice and representation to local residents mainly in employment, housing, immigration, asylum, welfare benefits and public law matters.

Under the supervision of qualified, practising lawyers on the academic staff, the students act for clients of the Clinic, and are taught through their participation in this work. Their work in the Clinic is assessed for the purposes of their LLB degrees.

In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to the administration of justice, and in 2007 the University of Kent was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the work of the Law Clinic. He has a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford.