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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 Tomlinson, Campus Dean at The University of Law Leeds
Matt Tomlinson
Campus Dean

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 Jones, Academic Manager at The University of Law Leeds campus
Andrea Jones
Head of Tutors

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 Carmichael, LPC Programme & Student Lead at The University of Law Leeds campus
Feona Carmichael
LPC Programme & Student Lead

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 Dawes, BPC Programme & Student Lead at The University of Law Leeds campus
Beverley Dawes
BPC Programme & Student Lead

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.

Natalie Hendy, GDL Programme & Student Lead at The University of Law Leeds campus
Natalie Hendy
Academic Manager

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 Kershaw, Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Jane Kershaw
Academic Manager

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.

Gayle Heppell, LLB Programme & Student Lead at The University of Law Leeds campus
Gayle Heppell
LLB Programme & Student Lead, Safeguarding Officer

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 Carlin, GDL/MA Law/AMIL Programme & Student Lead at The University of Law Leeds
Niall Carlin
GDL/MA Law and Academic Masters in Law (AMIL) Programme & Student Lead

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 Grant, ULTRA Project Director at The University of Law Leeds campus
Patrick Grant
ULTRA Project Director

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 Hutton, Associate Professor & Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Sean Hutton
Associate Professor & Tutor

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, Associate Professor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Gerry Biles
Associate Professor

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 Shield, Associate Professor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Gemma Shield
Associate Professor

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 Fraser, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Jane Fraser
Senior Tutor and Pastoral Head (BPTC and LPC)

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, Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Kayleigh Humphreys
Senior Tutor and Pastoral Head (LPC and GDL/MA Law)

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, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Emma Benoit
Senior Tutor

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 Atkinson, Senior utor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Gary Atkinson
Senior Tutor

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 Howes, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Kiri Howes
Senior Tutor

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 Kershaw, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Lynn Kershaw
Senior Tutor

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 Roberts, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Phyllida Roberts
Senior Tutor

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 Gowar, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Jessica Gowar
Senior Tutor

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, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Tina Hayes
Senior Tutor

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, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Patrick Hubble
Senior Tutor

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.

Chris Walker, Tutor & Campus Librarian at The University of Law Leeds campus
Chris Walker
Tutor & Campus Librarian

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 Burden, Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Sarah Burden
Tutor

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.

Catherine Moxon, Visiting Lecturer at The University of Law Leeds campus
Catherine Moxon
Visiting Lecturer

Catherine is a Visiting Lecturer at the Leeds Campus. She graduated with a Law and Business Studies degree from Warwick University. Catherine was called to the Bar in 2007 and is member of Lincoln’s Inn and a Barrister, practising from Park Square Barristers, Leeds. She joined ULaw in 2017, tutoring across the BPC, LPC and LLB programmes. Catherine works for the Bar Standards Board as an External Examiner for the BPC course.