Led by Campus Dean Matt Tomlinson, our tutors and professors are dedicated to bringing their real-life experience in practice into the classroom, providing our students with genuine insight into the subject matter. Each of our students are assigned a personal tutor and have regular one-to-one meetings where they can get advice on the course and career aspirations. As regular tutors are based in our campuses they operate an ‘open door’ policy, so students can talk to them whenever they need to.
Matt completed a degree in International Business and Modern Languages and started his working life in Paris for a commercial real estate advisory firm. He then decided to pursue a career as a lawyer and embarked on the GDL and LPC at ULaw in Chester. Matt started his training contract with DLA Piper LLP and went on to qualify and practise Corporate Restructuring. Matt joined the University in 2013 and has taught across many courses, specialising in corporate and commercial subjects.
Andrea has a LLB from the University of Liverpool and is the Head of Tutors at ULaw's Leeds Campus. She studied for the Law Society Finals at ULaw. She trained and qualified as a solicitor in York and worked in family and child care law, as well as qualifing as a family mediator and worked for the York Family Mediation Service. Andrea teaches Criminal Law on the GDL and LLB and Introduction to Professional Practice, Family Law and Private Client on the LPC.
Feona is the LPC Programme & Student Lead at ULaw's Leeds Campus. After graduating with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Leicester, she studied for the Solicitors’ Final Examination at ULaw. She trained and qualified as a solicitor in Newcastle upon Tyne, where she worked in private practice specialising in Commercial Property before moving into education. Feona teaches Real Estate, Advanced Real Estate and Family Law on the LPC.
Beverley obtained her LLB in Law and Criminology from Keele University before completing her Bar Vocational Course. Beverley was Called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 2008 and completed her pupillage at KBW Chambers in Leeds, where she specialised in personal injury work until 2016 when she joined ULaw Leeds. Beverley is the BPC Programme Lead at the Leeds Campus and is Head of the BPC Civil Team. Beverley also teaches LLB Tort, LPC Personal Injury and PSC.
Following her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at Newcastle University, Natalie undertook the GDL and LPC at the (then) College of Law in York. Natalie trained at Addleshaw Goddard in Leeds, qualifying into the construction litigation team. After taking a short break from her practicing career to work as a university lecturer in The Netherlands, she returned to legal practice at Addleshaw Goddard, specialising in financial services disputes. Natalie teaches Drafting, Advocacy, Dispute Resolution and Commercial Dispute Resolution on the LPC, as well as EU law on the LLB, GDL and MA Law.
Jane is one of the Academic Managers at the Leeds Campus. She studied English and History before completing the Common Professional Examination and LPC in Manchester. She practised as a Commercial Property solicitor at Weightmans and Walker Morris before joining the University of Law in 2005. After completing a PGCE she rejoined the University and currently teaches Land Law on the GDL, Real Estate and Advanced Real Estate on the LPC, as well as Land Law and Tort on the LL.B courses.
Dessy has a BSc (Hons) in Business Administration from Huron University and MSc in Data Analytics and Marketing from Arden University. She has worked in education for over 25 year first as an entrepreneur and then as a managing director of a charity. Dessy transitioned to Higher Education management when she became a managing director of London School of Business and Finance Executive Education in 2014 and subsequently also took on the role of an interim CEO of the London Academy of Trading. Dessy is currently undertaking a PhD study with the University of Worcester Business School researching the topic of applications of artificial intelligence in the field of Marketing.
Following her undergraduate degree in Law at Newcastle University, Gayle undertook her LPC at ULaw. She practiced as a commercial dispute resolution solicitor at Wake Smith and Addleshaw Goddard until she moved into education and obtained a PGCHE from the University of Huddersfield. Gayle teachers Tort law on the MA, GDL and LLB and Litigation subjects on the LPC.
Niall is the GDL / MA Law and AMIL Programme & Student Lead and Head of the Criminal Team for the Bar Professional Training Course. Niall studied law at The University of Liverpool, the Bar Vocational Course at Manchester Metropolitan University, was called to the Bar, and practiced as a barrister before joining ULaw. Niall is a regular speaker at formal training for Death Row legal interns for the UK charity Amicus ALJ.
Patrick is a Tutor and a Project Director for Legal Tech and Innovation at ULaw's Leeds Campus. Patrick graduated with an LLB, went on to study an MA in Law and Economics at the University of Bologna and the University of Gent, and completed the LPC at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice. He has worked as a Duty Solicitor at Police Stations/ Magistrates Courts and developed a Military Law practice assisting those charged with criminal offences. Patrick teaches Criminal Law, Public Law, Intellectual Property and Common Law Method.
Sean is a Associate Professor and tutor at ULaw's Leeds Campus. He has a BA (Hons) in History and studied for the CPE and Law Society Finals at ULaw. Sean teaches Criminal Law on the LLB, Ethics and Professional Legal Practice and Criminal Law on the GDL and Dispute Resolution and Advanced Criminal Practice on the LPC. Sean is a consultant with McCormicks Solicitors and a visiting lecturer at the University of Hong Kong.
Gerry Biles is an Associate Professor at the Leeds Campus. After graduating with an LLB from the University of Hull, Gerry undertook his vocational studies at ULaw's Guildford Campus. He currently teaches Public Law on the Graduate Diploma in Law and LLB courses, across a range of modules on the LPC and on the Professional Skills Course. He was also involved in the University’s collaboration with the Open University as a course writer and an examiner.
Gemma graduated with an LLB (Hons) from Newcastle University and is now an Associate Professor at ULaw’s Leeds Campus. She studied the Law Society’s Solicitors’ Final Examination at ULaw’s Chester Campus and trained and qualified as a solicitor in private practice in Leeds where she developed her interest in commercial law. Gemma teaches Business, Introduction to Professional Practice, Public Companies, Commercial Law and Mergers and Acquisitions on the LPC and Contract Law on the GDL, the undergraduate law degree and on the Professional Skills Course.
Jane is a Senior Tutor at ULaw's Leeds Campus. She has a BA (Hons) in Law from the University of Oxford and an LLM from the University of Cambridge. Jane teaches EU Law on the GDL, Business Law, Commercial Law and Intellectual Property on the LPC, as well as Legal Essentials and EU law on the LLB. She is also the ULaw EU LLB Module Lead and the Disability Support Officer at Leeds, taking a keen interest in student welfare issues.
Kayleigh Humphreys is a Senior Tutor and Head of Pastoral for the LPC and GDL/MA Law courses at the Leeds Campus. Kayleigh graduated with an LLB from the University of Newcastle and studied the LPC at ULaw. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Pinsent Masons LLP. On the LLB and GDL programmes Kayleigh teaches Law of Organisations and on the LPC she teaches the core module of Business Law & Practice and the elective module Commercial Law & Practice.
Emma Benoit has an LLB (Hons) in Law and French from the University of Birmingham and studied for the Law Society Finals at ULaw. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Hogan Lovells and specialised in Property, both commercial and residential. She teaches across the modules on Real Estate, and Professional Legal Practice on the LPC and Land and Equity and Trusts on the GDL and LLB.
Gary has a BA (Hons) from the University of York and is a Senior Tutor at ULaw's Leeds Campus. Gary studied for the Common Professional Examination and Law Society Finals at ULaw. Gary qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and worked in high street practice for 9 years. Gary moved into legal education in 2003 and teaches Public Law on both the GDL and the LLB. He also teaches Dispute Resolution and Advanced Criminal Practice on the LPC.
Kiri has a BA (Hons) in Law and Politics from the University of Hull and is a Senior Tutor at ULaw's Leeds Campus. She studied for the Common Professional Examination at ULaw in London and qualified as a solicitor at Ince & Co. Kiri teaches Contract on the GDL and LLB, Banking and Debt Finance on the LPC and Law and Business on the LPC Masters module. Kiri also teaches a number of Professional Skills Courses, including Financial and Business Skills.
Lynn graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Lancaster and is a Senior Tutor at ULaw's Leeds Campus. Lynn qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and worked in private practice and at the Crown Prosecution Service. She attained Higher Rights of Audience and worked as an advocate in a range of courts before moving into education. Lynn teaches Criminal Law on the LLB and GDL, as well as Dispute Resolution and Family Law on the LPC.
Phyllida has a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages from the University of Bristol. She studied for the Common Professional Examination and Legal Practice Course at the Guildford Campus of the University (then College) of Law. She trained, qualified and practised as a solicitor at a medium sized City firm in London and later at a large international firm in Leeds. Her practice area was in Commercial Litigation (with an insolvency bias) until she moved into legal education. Phyllida teaches Equity and Trusts on the Graduate Diploma in Law and on the Undergraduate LLB modules. She also teaches Business, Intellectual Property and Private Client law on the Legal Practice Course. Phyllida is a member of the Law Society, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Society of Legal Scholars.
Jessica is a Senior Tutor at ULaw's Leeds Campus. Jessica has a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from Liverpool University. After working at The Times in London for a few years, she converted to law and completed her CPE and LPC through Ulaw. Jessica qualified as an Employment solicitor at Lee & Priestley, subsequently moving to Beachcrofts, before joining ULAW. Jessica still returns into practice on a regular basis in order to maintain a practical edge to the classroom. She is also one of our Legal Advice Clinic solicitors advising members of the public, with their employment cases, preparing for Tribunals and mentoring our students. Jessica teaches Business Law, Immigration Law and Employment Law on the LPC, various modules on the Undergraduate LLB Course and Employment Practice on the BPC.
Tina Hayes is a Senior Tutor at ULaw's Leeds Campus. After graduating with a BA in Law from Cambridge University, she studied for the Solicitors’ Final Examination at the University of Law and then trained as a solicitor at Penningtons Solicitors. Tina teaches Equity on the Graduate Diploma in Law, Real Estate and Private Client law on the Legal Practice Course and Wills and Succession on the LLB.
Patrick Hubble is a Senior Tutor at the Leeds Campus. Patrick has a degree in Philosophy from King’s College, London. He studied for the Common Professional Examination and Law Society Finals at Leicester Polytechnic. He trained as a solicitor and practised in corporate law at Evershed until he joined ULaw. Patrick teaches Contract and Tort Law on the GDL, and Mergers and Acquisitions, Debt Finance and Business Law on the LPC.
Dr Chris Walker is a Tutor and Campus Librarian at Leeds. He holds a PhD in Knowledge Management and is a chartered librarian and knowledge manager who has worked in both the public and private sectors. Chris is a published academic, specialising in Information Seeking Behaviours using Grounded Theory and Action Research methods. He is also an experienced University lecturer and Masters dissertation supervisor. Chris also teaches on the MSc Law and Business as well as various business modules on the undergraduate courses.
Sarah is a law tutor at the Leeds Campus. She has an LLB from the University of Liverpool and studied on the LPC at ULaw. Sarah trained and qualified as a solicitor at a firm in Bolton before moving to a law firm in Leeds. During her time in practice Sarah specialised in family law and private client work. Sarah teaches the family law module on the LLB and on the Introduction to Professional Practice (IPP) and the Private Client modules on the LPC.
Jen graduated with an LLB from Durham University and went on to complete her LPC at ULaw’s Manchester Campus. Before joining ULaw as a Tutor in 2019, Jen worked as an Associate at Addleshaw Goddard in Leeds, specialising in construction and engineering disputes. Jen teaches Real Estate on the LPC and EU law on both the GDL and LLB.
Hannah is a Tutor at ULaw’s Leeds Campus. She graduated with a BA in Law from the University of Cambridge and completed the LPC at ULaw. She trained at DLA Piper and went on to practice in the Commercial Litigation team. Hannah teaches Dispute Resolution and Commercial Dispute Resolution on the LPC, as well as Public Law on the LLB and GDL.
Cheryl studied on the LLB and LPC combined degree at Northumbria University and then trained and qualified as a solicitor in London before moving to practise in Southampton. After 7 years away from home, Cheryl returned to West Yorkshire where she began working for a large nationwide Leeds firm, she also spent some time working in East Yorkshire before leaving to join the teaching team at ULaw. During her time in practice Cheryl specialised in criminal law and worked as a court advocate and litigator. Cheryl teaches mainly on the criminal module of the BPC but also teaches criminal litigation to LLB students.
Rachael graduated with an English Literature degree from the University of York before undertaking the GDL and LPC at the (then) College of Law in York. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2009 at an international law firm and spent 10 years in private practice specialising in property litigation dealing with land based disputes and landlord and tenant issues. As a Tutor at the University of Law, Rachael teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses with a particular focus on the Land Law modules.
Lisa has an LLB from Leicester University and completed the Law Society Finals at ULaw’s Chester Campus. She practiced as a solicitor in private practice in East Anglia specialising in family law before moving into education. Lisa lectured at ULaw’s Bloomsbury and Moorgate campuses before joining the Leeds Campus as a Teaching Fellow. She teaches Real Estate and Family Law on the LPC and Real Estate on the LLB.