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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.

Jen Brooke, Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Jen Brooke
Academic Manager & Senior Tutor

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.

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

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.

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.

Phyllida Roberts, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Phyllida Roberts
Programme & Student Lead – Postgraduate Academic Programmes

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 is the Programme and Student Lead for the Postgraduate Academic Programmes (GDL/MA and the new conversion courses (PgDL, MA (conversion) and MA (SQE1)). She also teaches Equity and Trusts on those courses as well as Business 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.

Hannah Scott, Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Hannah Scott
Programme & Student Lead for Undergraduate Programmes

Hannah is the Programme & Student Lead for Undergraduate Programmes 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 and Civil Dispute Resolution on the LLB.

Cheryl Weir, Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Cheryl Weir
BPC Programme and Student Lead and Senior Tutor

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 on the LLB, BA criminology, GDL, and LPC

Dessy Ohanians, Academic Resources and Quality Manager (Business School)
Dessy Ohanians
Academic Resources and Quality Manager (Business School)

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.

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.

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 the University’s Guildford Campus and then practised as a solicitor with a large regional firm in the South West of England. He currently teaches Public Law and Civil Dispute Resolution on the LLB course. He also teaches on the Postgraduate Graduate Diploma in Law and across a range of modules on the University’s vocational courses for intending solicitors

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 PgDL, the undergraduate law degree and on the Professional Skills Course.

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.

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

Rachael Donnelly, Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Rachael Donnelly
Senior Tutor and GDL Year Head

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.

Jane Fraser, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Jane Fraser
Senior Tutor, Pastoral Head (BPC and LPC) and Year 1 LLB Year Head

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 and MA, Business Law, Commercial Law and Intellectual Property on the LPC, as well as Business Law 2 on the LLB. She is also the ULaw Foundation Year Academic Report Writing Module Lead and the LLB Year 1 Head of Leeds, taking a keen interest in student welfare issues. Jane is a skills coach on the ULaw Solicitors’ Apprenticeship Programme.

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.

Kiri Howes, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Kiri Howes
Senior Tutor and Year 2 LLB Year Head

Kiri obtained a BA (Hons) in Law and Politics before going on to do the GDL and LPC at ULaw. She qualified as a solicitor at Shipping law firm Ince and Co, before working at KPMG and then Eversheds in Commercial Litigation. Kiri is a Senior Tutor and Head of Year on the LLB. She teaches Contract Law on the GDL and LLB, Business Law and Practice, Law and Business and Banking on the LPC and also a number of Professional Skills Courses including Financial and Business Skills.

Patrick Hubble, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Leeds campus
Patrick Hubble
Senior Tutor and Foundation Year LLB Year Head

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 Eversheds 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.

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.

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

Jane is a Senior Tutor 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.

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.

Lisa Rawcliffe, Teaching Fellow at The University of Law Leeds campus
Lisa Rawcliffe
Teaching Fellow and LPC Year Head

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.

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

Dr Chris Walker 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 teaches on the MSc Law and Business as well as various undergraduate courses.