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Jill has 10 years' practical experience as a commercial property solicitor, working for well-known law firms within both Leeds and Sheffield before moving into academia. Her specialist area is urban regeneration, specifically the retail sector. Within previous research she has also investigated people's rights to defend their own property, looking at the legal issues surrounding high-profile cases such as Tony Martin in the UK and Trayvon Martin in the USA. 


  • Commercial property law - specifically retail portfolio management
  • Occupiers' rights and liabilities

Recent Coverage: 

  • Journal of Personal Injury Law, Volume 2 [2014]
    Open Season for Burglar Battering: is it time to check in with the civil courts?
  • The Law Teacher, Volume 48, Issue 1, [2014]
    Land Law

  • Leeds and Yorkshire Lawyer Journal, Issue 128 [May/June 2014]
    Swapping the Office for the Lecture Room
  • Leeds and Yorkshire Lawyer Journal, Issue 131, [November/December 2014]
    Irwin Mitchell Sponsors Student Firm Branding Competition
  • Leeds and Yorkshire Lawyer Journal, Issue 132, [February/March 2015]
    The Competition Heats Up

Conference Papers:

  • Sheffield Hallam University Department of Law & Criminology Research Seminar [2014]
    Bleasdale-Hill L and Dickinson J, "Dangerous dogs in criminal law: protecting the public and responsibilising owners or barking up the wrong tree?"
Jill Dickinson

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