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History Makers Event Honours World Changing Alumni

Vice Chancellor and CEO Professor, Andrea Nollent, hosted The University of Law’s first History Makers event at the Moorgate Campus in London on the evening of 19 February 2018.

Attended by more than 100 alumni, lecturers and employees, this inspiring event took place to honour two of our alumni who are truly making an impact in the legal profession and on the world.

Cherie Blair was selected to become one of our first history makers for her incredible work as a committed and active campaigner on equality and human rights issues.

She has spoken out across the world on these issues and also on the need for improved work/life balance for women and men. She is the Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and was awarded a CBE for her foundation and charity work in 2013.

Called to the bar in 1976, she initially worked in broad practice before moving to 4-5 Grays Inn Square in 1991 and taking silk in 1995. In 1999, she became a Recorder in the Crown and County Courts.

Cherie has argued cases in the House of Lords including the well-known Begum case on whether the decision to exclude a female pupil for wearing a full jihab infringed her religious rights.

Today, Cherie is the Founder and Chair of Omnia Strategy LLP, a boutique international law firm, handling human rights issues and corporate social responsibility, among other matters.

James Libson joins Cherie to become one of our first history makers by virtue of the pre-eminent legal cases he has been involved in throughout his career and, more recently, the case of Miller v the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. Known now as the ‘Article 50 case’, James acted for the campaigner Gina Miller.

Currently the Executive Partner at Mischcon de Reya and Head of Mishcon Private, James acts for a wide variety of clients including many high profile individuals, for example Deborah Lipstadt who was the defendant in the David Irving holocaust denier libel case.

As a university, we also want to encourage our high-performing graduates at the start of their legal careers. With this in mind, Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrea Nollent announced Lauren Jones and Catherine Brydges as winners of the Future History Makers Awards.

Not only are these ULaw graduates among our academic elite but they also have the potential leadership skills and charisma that we believe will take them to the very top of their profession.

Lauren Jones studied a BPTC with ULaw in Birmingham and is now working as a County Court Advocate with LPC Law on the South Eastern circuit. She would like to go on to become a barrister in general civil practice with a particular specialism in employment law.

Catherine Brydges studied for her GDL on a part time evening course before joining a full time LPC course at Bloomsbury. She has started a training contract with the Government Legal Department but, ultimately, Catherine hopes to become a Judge.


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