MEET YOUR FACULTY AT BIRMINGHAM
Sarah has an LLB (Hons) from Reading University, LPC from ULaw and a Postgraduate Diploma in Family Law from MMU. She is also studying for an MA in Educational Leadership and Management at Nottingham University. Sarah practised as a family lawyer with Forbes Solicitors in Lancashire. She has taught on our Family Law, Property Law, Tort, Personal Injury Law and Practice and Professional Skills programmes.
Head of Undergraduate Programmes & Student Affairs
Janet studied Law at Jesus College, Cambridge before completing the LPC at ULaw. She qualified as a solicitor at what is now Shakespeare Martineau LLP before joining ULaw in 2001. Janet has taught Employment Law, Business Law and Equity & Trusts was, most recently, Programme & Student Lead for the LLB, GDL, and MA Law. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, and is currently studying for an MSc in Human Resource Management.
BPTC Programme & Student Lead
Lee studied for the Bar at the Inns of Court School of Law, was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple and commenced pupillage at 2-3 Grays Inn Square. Lee’s early practice was split between general civil, criminal prosecution and defence work. He has represented clients before the Magistrates’ and Crown court. Lee joined ULaw in 2007 as a tutor and is now Course Leader. He also teaches Advocacy and Communication Skills.
LPC Programme & Student Lead
Victoria's has degree in History of Art from University of Glasgow. She undertook the GDL at the University of Westminster and the BVC at Inns of Court School of Law. She was called to the Bar in 2003 and started teaching in 2012. Victoria joined ULaw in 2016, teaching on the Real Estate and Family modules. She has a strong interest in these areas of law and aspires to complete her PhD in this area.
GDL Course Leader and Tutor
David is a solicitor and Higher Courts Advocate. He has an LLB and LPC from ULaw, specialising in Criminal Law and Advocacy. He began work as an Accredited Police Station Representative before becoming a partner in a legal aid criminal defence firm. His work concentrated on Legal Practice Compliance and he was a Peer Reviewer for the Legal Aid Agency. He teaches across all programmes, with a focus on Criminal Law, Dispute Resolution and Advocacy.
GDL Course Lead and Tutor
Sophie studied her LPC at ULaw prior to commencing her training contract at DLA Piper, qualifying in 2013 and advising national and international business clients on a broad range of employment matters. In 2016 Sophie moved to Capsticks Solicitors, focusing on employment law in healthcare and social housing. Sophie joined ULaw in 2017 and teaches on the LPC, GDL, LLB and PSC. Sophie is also the Course Lead for the GDL, supporting the Campus Programme and Student Lead.
Associate Professor and Head of Civil Litigation
Laura has an LLB from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a BVC from the Inns of Court School of Law, London. She was called to the Bar in 2000 and undertook pupillage at 2 Bedford Row, conducting jury trials and appearing at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Laura teaches Civil Litigation (BPTC) and Dispute Resolution (LPC). Laura is an experienced Advocacy trainer and delivers training at solicitors’ firms.
Academic Manager and Senior Tutor
Laura has an MA in Countryside and Environment Management from the University of Aberdeen and an LLB from the University of Wales. She qualified in 2004 at ASB Law and specialised in Private Client. Laura teaches EU Law on the GDL and LLB, as well as Real Estate on the LPC. She is a former GDL Course Leader at Birmingham. She has also published on EU Law matters in the Journal of Criminal Law.
Senior Tutor and Academic Manager
Judi is a Solicitor and Higher Courts Advocate with an MA in Law and Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. She qualified at Lawrence Graham and worked in areas including property, family, personal injury, licensing, crime and litigation. Judi set up her own criminal law practice in 1997 before moving into legal education in 2007. Judi teaches Crime, Advocacy and Personal Injury on the BPTC, Crime and Land on the GDL and Property Law and Personal Injury on the LPC.
Senior Tutor and Head of Year 1 LLB
Russell studied the LPC part-time at ULaw. He joined ULaw in 2016 from Weightmans LLP, dealing with civil litigation and specialising in defending industrial disease claims. Prior to that, Russell worked for Howell & Co. as a paralegal, trainee and a solicitor, qualifying in 2004. He teaches Academic & Professional Skills, Common Law Method & Ethics and Tort on the LLB, as well as Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence and Introduction to Professional Practice on the LPC.
Amanda has an LLB from the University of Birmingham and complete the LPC at the University of Birmingham. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Martineaus and later moved to Eversheds. At Eversheds Amanda worked within the Corporate Department, advising on private company acquisitions/disposals and private equity transactions until she moved into legal education in 2002. Amanda teaches Business Law and Acquisitions on the LPC and Tort on the GDL and the LLB.
Frances has a BA in English and Philosophy from Manchester University and studied the CPE and Law Society Finals at Manchester Polytechnic. She qualified at Walker Morris in Leeds before working for Eversheds in Cardiff as a commercial lawyer. Frances started teaching at MMU and taught as a Visiting Lecturer in Intellectual Property at Hong Kong University. She joined ULaw in 2001 and teaches Introduction to Professional Practice and Commercial Law on the LPC and Contract Law on the GDL.
Clare has an LLB from the University of Birmingham and completed the Law Society Finals at ULaw before qualifying as a solicitor at Edge & Ellison (now Squire Patton Boggs) and moving to NatWest Bank, where she worked as an in-house Real Estate solicitor. Clare joined ULaw in 2001 and teaches Real Estate and Advanced Real Estate on the LPC. She is co-author of the LPC text book ‘Property Law in Practice’ and contributor to the LPC text book ‘Commercial Property’.
Patrick studied Computer Science and Economics at Keele then became a teacher of English in Portugal and Hong Kong. He studied law at the University of Hong Kong before taking the LPC at ULaw in 2002. On qualifying, Patrick practised in a high street commercial firm, doing company, commercial and mergers work. His main teaching areas are Contract Law on the LLB and GDL, Business Law on the LPC, the Debt Finance LPC elective and Law and Business on the MSc.
Shaid qualified as a solicitor over 15 years ago and has extensive experience in central government and private practice. She was a member of the Law Society’s Children and Family practioner panel and also formed part of the Law Society’s “Access to Justice Committee”. Shaid teaches on the LPC, LLB and PSC. She has organised Advocacy and Negotiation competitions nationally and internationally, using her contacts in practice to engage judges from practice and the judiciary.
Kerry has taught Civil Procedural Rules, Evidence and Remedies on the BPTC since 2010. She is accredited by the Advocacy Training Council and has extensive experience in the design of course materials and assessments. Kerry also teaches on the LPC and PSC. She has a BA in Law with Spanish from the University of Sheffield and was called to the Bar in 2002. She obtained pupillage at St Mary’s Chambers in Nottingham and joined as tenant in 2004.
Kaye has a BA in English Literature and studied for the Common Professional Examination and the Law Society Finals at Birmingham. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Painter’s Solicitors in Kidderminster and worked in the property and probate departments. Kaye then worked at the University of Wolverhampton as a senior lecturer. She has worked as an external examiner and external assessor for the Law Society. She teaches land and property based subjects across all our courses.
Sadie completed her LPC in 2000 and qualified at Cooke Painter and Shepstone in Bristol before moving to Birmingham to join the Crown Prosecution Service as a Senior Crown Prosecutor, prosecuting a range of criminal cases. Sadie now teaches Dispute Resolution and Advanced Criminal Practice on the LPC and Advocacy and Communication Skills on the PSC. She has also taught various subjects on the GDL and LLB, and is the coordinator of the Court Visit Programme.
Amanda studied law at Oxford University before working for over 10 years as a solicitor, primarily in private practice. After training at a commercial practice, Amanda was a salaried partner in a smaller firm before completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Amanda joined ULaw in 2001 and teaches Dispute Resolution and Employment Law on the LPC; and Public and Criminal Law on the GDL and undergraduate courses. Amanda is currently University Module Lead for LLB Criminal Law.
Kate has an LLB from the University of Birmingham and completed the LPC at ULaw. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Pinsent Masons, working in corporate finance. She spent time in Zurich working with one of the world’s largest independent investment firms before moving into legal education. Kate is the Birmingham team leader on the LPC Business Law module. She also teaches various other subjects across the LPC, LLB and PSC including Public Companies, Employment Law and Mergers & Acquisitions.
After achieving an LLB and passing the Law Society Finals at ULaw, Jo qualified as a solicitor. She worked for several years in private practice before joining the University and moving into legal education. Jo teaches across a range of programmes at the University, including Real Estate & Advanced Real Estate on the Legal Practice Course, Land Law on the LLB and commercial property courses on the Profession Skills Course.
Lecturer (Business and Management)
Timothy has an LLB from the University of Zimbabwe and qualified in his native Zimbabwe in 1992. He worked at some of the largest legal firms there, gaining experience in matrimonial and commercial matters. He holds an MBA and has experience in business and management. Timothy moved to the UK in 2004 and qualified for UK practice. He worked as the deputy principal solicitor of a leading legal charity in Glasgow and as a commercial solicitor in Leicester before joining ULaw.
Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 2006, having studied the LPC at ULaw. From 2006 to 2017 Sarah worked as a Dispute Resolution expert specialising in healthcare. She is a trained mediator and investigator. Alongside her teaching role Sarah continues to practise as an independent consultant and sits on NHS England's Professional Standards Delivery Group, a central appointment concerned with the development of NHS regulation and policy. Sarah primarily teaches Litigation, Tort and Dispute Resolution on the LLB, GDL and LPC.
Nick obtained a law degree from Cambridge University in 1980 and completed the Law Society Finals at ULaw. He qualified in 1983 and worked for Lovells before joining Wragge & Co. Nick joined Anthony Collins Solicitors in 1998 and was a partner in Commercial Dispute Resolution until 2011. Nick joined ULaw in 2016 and has taught Business Law, Commercial Law and Commercial Dispute Resolution on the LPC as well as the LLB Transactions course.
Amanda has a BA (Hons) in German and gained her LPC at ULaw. Amanda practised as an equity partner in a City firm for several years before moving into legal education. Amanda is a member of STEP and the British-German Jurists Association and has worked on a number of international publications. She teaches Professional Legal Practice, Business Law and Private Client Law on the LPC as well as Equity and Trusts on the GDL.
Julia Tozer has an LLB and Bachelor of Divinity, both from the University of Birmingham, and a diploma in Modern Languages from the Open University. She studied for the Law Society Finals at ULaw's Guildford Campus. She trained and qualified as a solicitor, working in property litigation, and then left private practice to head up an in-house legal team in a charitable housing organisation. Julia teaches Contract and Law in Action on the LLB as well as Real Estate and Dispute Resolution on the LPC.
Amanda has an LLB from Warwick University and LLM from Birmingham University. She was called to the Bar and practised as a barrister for 19 years in Birmingham. Amanda joined ULaw in 2007 to teach on the Bar Vocational Course and has worked at the Manchester and Birmingham campuses teaching on the BPTC, GDL, LLB and LPC. Amanda is accredited as an advocacy trainer by the Advocacy Training Council and is a member of the PSC Advocacy Skills teaching team.
Jo qualified as a solicitor over 25 years ago and worked in private practice in the Black Country. She was a family practitioner and member of the Law Society’s Family Practitioner Panel. Since leaving practice she has been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton and UCE, a technical advisor with the SRA and a tutor with CILEx Law School.
Razwana completed her LLB (Hons) in 2005 and her Legal Practice Course in 2006. Razwana has over ten years of experience working within the field of commercial litigation, on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. Her experience includes handling cases on behalf of commercial clients, and dealing with technical high value litigated cases to include personal injury, employment liability and public liability matters. Razwana joined The University of Law in 2018 and teaches on the LPC and LLB.
Having completed the LPC at ULaw, Shona joined Powell & Co solicitors and qualified as a Solicitor. Shona joined the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa, a Human Rights Law firm, where she assisted on landmark cases challenging the government’s failure to provide a basic education to children. She joined Duncan Lewis Solicitors in the UK, undertaking work covering Family Law. She teaches Dispute Resolution and the Family elective on the LPC, as well as Tort and Equity and Trusts on the GDL.
Sinead studied Law at the University of Leeds and completed her LPC at ULaw's Manchester Campus. She trained and qualified as a Family solicitor at DWF LLP and advised on all aspects of Family Law including divorce and separation, applications relating to children and wealth protection. Sinead then undertook further postgraduate study and obtained an MSc in Psychology. Sinead joined ULaw in 2019 and teaches on the GDL and LPC.
Stephanie studied Law at The University of Birmingham and volunteered as an advisor at Citizens Advice before completing her LPC at The University of Law. Stephanie trained and qualified at The Wilkes Partnership LLP, working for the Birmingham based firm for ten years. Qualifying as a solicitor in 2010, Stephanie worked predominantly in public children law and achieved The Law Society Children Law Accreditation. Stephanie joined The University of Law in 2018 and teaches across LLB, GDL, MA and LPC programmes.
Ramiz completed his part-time LLB(Hons) in 2008 and his part-time Legal Practice Course in 2010. Ramiz has spent over ten years working in litigation, personal injury and commercial work having worked in a mixture of large and high street firms. Ramiz joined The University of Law in 2018 and teaches on the LLB and LPC.
Amy studied a Sociology degree at the University of Warwick before completing her GDL and LPC at ULaw, Birmingham. Amy trained and qualified as a Family solicitor at a small high street firm advising on all areas of Family Law. She then specialised in Children Law and became an accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel, which allowed her to represent children in children law proceedings. Amy joined ULaw in 2018 and teaches on the LLB and LPC.