Led by Campus Dean Amanda Hedayati, 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.
Amanda is the Dean at the Liverpool campus and held positions as Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for LLB/GDL before her appointment. She has vast experience in employment law with particular expertise in discrimination and diversity. Previously Employment Law Head for BPP’s Professional Development faculty, she designed and presented a range of professional training courses, and now brings that knowledge to ULaw’s aspiring legal professionals.
Nicola is the Campus Manager for both the Liverpool and Chester campuses. Nicola graduated with a degree in English and later converted to Law, studying the GDL and the LPC at the University of Law’s Chester campus. She qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and then went on to practice as a Commercial Property solicitor. Before joining Ulaw, Nicola worked in Education, teaching Law as well as being a Course Leader and Head of student progression.
Stuart worked in Private Practice until he joined Birmingham City University to set up the new LPC. He became Course Director of the Legal Practice Course in 1997 and joined The University of Law Birmingham in 2001 as the Deputy Director of Vocational. He became Head of Students at Chester and from 2015 has been LPC Programme & Student Lead. He has also taught Property Law. Private Client, Wills, Solicitors’ Accounts and Personal Injury on the LPC and Tort on the GDL.
Nigel Booth was called to the Bar in 1994 by Gray’s Inn. After his first six months’ pupillage at Furnival Chambers in London under the supervision of Francis Sheridan (now the Honorary Recorder of Aylesbury), Nigel's second six was with the Crown Prosecution Service in Manchester where he stayed until January 2000, having become a Senior Crown Prosecutor. Since then, Nigel spent twenty years practising at the criminal Bar from Chambers in Manchester, first at St John’s Buildings and then with the criminal team at 9 St John Street, where he is still a member. When the Bar Practice Course started at the Manchester campus, Nigel joined as the tutor in criminal skills and criminal litigation evidence and sentencing and he is now the Programme Student Experience Lead. Away from the campus, Nigel is a School Governor and has published three self-help legal books on defending yourself, road traffic offences and licence reviews.
Niall Mac Donald is Programme and Student Lead for the postgraduate academic law courses at the Manchester, Liverpool, and Chester campuses of the University of law. These courses include the GDL, PgDL, MA (Law), MA (SQE) and MA (Conversion) courses, as well as the academic AMIL/LLM courses. He teaches Ethics and Professional Legal Practice, The Law of Torts, Medical Law and Ethics, and supervises postgraduate students’ and faculty members’ dissertation work. He is a member of the Ethics Committee (reviewing research proposals from the Law and Business Schools) and the Teaching and Learning Committee. He is also the Director of a small private company which invests in real estate and global equities.
Mike worked for a number of “top 100 law firms” during his career before joining The University of Law in Manchester in August 2009. He is now an Associate Professor and teaches Land Law on the GDL and the LLB, Business Law, Real Estate and Advanced Real Estate on the LPC. He also delivers a number of Professional Skills Courses and is a Fellow of the HEA. Mike is a Chief Examiner for CILEx and also the author of a number of publications.
Raury qualified as a solicitor in 2005, having studied the LPC at The University of Law’s Chester Campus. He was a Commercial and Property Litigation specialist, handling complex disputes in the First Tier Tribunal Property Chamber, County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. Before joining ULaw, Raury was Head of Debt Recovery at a large law firm in Manchester. Raury joined ULaw in 2017 and teaches business law subjects on the LLB, GDL and LPC.
Mike qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and specialised in Civil Litigation. He has been with us since 1993 during which Mike has taught Dispute Resolution in all its various guises on the LPC and is the author of the CDR textbook. Today, he teaches Criminal Law and Contract Law on both the GDL and LLB as well as the Actions course on the latter. He also delivers a number of courses to trainees as part of the Professional Skills Course including Advocacy and Client Care.
Sian is a Senior Tutor and joined the University in 2008, first teaching at the Chester centre and then transferring across when the Manchester Centre opened in 2009. Sian is the Subject Lead for Business Law and Practice and for Mergers & Acquisitions on the LPC and she also teaches Law of Organisations and EU law on both GDL and LLB. Sian teaches both during the week and also on some Saturdays and she is the Student Lead for the Part Time Weekend LPC.
Jacqui teaches at the Manchester centre having previously studied and then taught at the Chester centre. She teaches Tort on both the LLB and GDL courses, Dispute Resolution and Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence litigation on the LPC/LLM and Personal Injury litigation and Advocacy and Communication skills on the PSC. She is the local team leader of Tort on the GDL and the Module Lead for Tort on the LLB. Jacqui has also recently co-designed the Tort LLB course.
Richard joined the University of Law in May 2020. Previously, Richard studied Law at the University of Leeds, before completing the Legal Practice Course and qualifying as a solicitor in 2011. Richard worked in private practice for 12 years, specialising in Civil Litigation and developing a keen interest in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. In Richard’s later years in practice, he progressed to the position of Legal Director, managing trainee solicitor and paralegal staff and becoming integral to his firm’s recruitment, financial planning and marketing strategies. In his role as Tutor, Richard has experience teaching on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, with a focus on contractual and tort based modules. Richard has most recently taught Dispute Resolution on the Legal Practice Course and Advocacy on the Solicitors Qualifying Examination course.
Mark graduated in History from Edinburgh University, before completing the GDL and LPC at The University of Law in Chester. Mark qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and worked in Commercial Real Estate at leading firms in London and Liverpool for 11 years, specialising in retail sector work. He requalified as a teacher in 2018 and spent 2 years teaching History at a secondary school in Liverpool before joining The University of Law in Manchester in 2020. Mark teaches across all courses, with a particular focus on Land Law and Real Estate.
Douglas is a barrister and tutor on the Bar Practice Course (BPC). He also teaches on other undergraduate and postgraduate Law courses, inc. GDL, LPC and LLM. His main expertise is in Crime and Regulatory Law, International Law, and Human Rights. Called to the Bar in 2008, Douglas draws upon over a decade of experience at the Bar, where he has prosecuted and defended cases attracting national media coverage. He began his career at leading chambers in London, which included secondments to the CPS and NMC, and also worked in-house for one of the country’s leading Professional Regulatory firms, before joining St John’s Buildings, in Manchester. He has previously undertaken human rights work in Africa and India, and has also lived in South Korea, Turkey and Russia.
Anya Swift (Horwood) was called to the Bar in 1991 by Inner Temple. In September 1991 Anya joined a Common Law set in Liverpool, 2nd Floor Peel House, which then became 25-27 Castle Street where she specialised in Crime. In 2009 she joined the Crown Prosecution Service as a Senior Crown Advocate and was trial counsel in many of the most serious cases in Liverpool and Cheshire. In 2018 Anya returned to the independent Bar and remains a door tenant at Exchange Chambers. Anya will be teaching criminal skills, criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing on the Bar Practice Course in Liverpool, and criminal modules on other University of Law courses. Away from campus Anya is a Trustee of a Liverpool based charity.