Led by Campus Dean Sandie Gaines, our tutors 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.
Sandie has been Dean of the London Bloomsbury Campus since March 2017, having worked at ULaw since 2009. Before joining ULaw Sandie was a practising solicitor for 15 years, specialising in respondent Employment Law. She has worked for a number of “top 100” law firms including Hammonds (now Squire Patton Boggs LLP) DMH Stallard and asb-law. Sandie is currently the chair of the Westminster & Holborn Law Society's Education & Training Committee. Sandie also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education Studies and she is currently completing an online MSc in Psychology. She is an Associate Professor and Fellow of the HEA.
Sarah graduated from King's College, University of Cambridge with a degree in Social and Political Sciences. She passed the GDL with Distinction, attaining the highest mark in her year, and then passed the LPC with Distinction. She practiced as a criminal defence solicitor at Edward Fail, Bradshaw and Waterson and then at Taylor Nichol, specialising in defending protesters and vulnerable youths. She later qualified as a barrister and practices at 1 Pump Court. She passed MA Higher and Professional Education at UCL Institute of Education and LLM Legal Practice, both with Distinction. She is studying part-time for a PhD in criminal law and evidence at Birkbeck, University of London. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Hannah qualified as a solicitor in 2005, after studied LLB Law and European Law at Queen Mary College, London and completed the LPC at the University of West of England in Bristol. Hannah trained and qualified with human rights specialist firms in Bloomsbury gaining experience in criminal defence, inquest law and actions against the police. Since then Hannah has practiced as a criminal defence duty solicitor, combining her legal practice with university teaching. Before joining ULaw, Hannah taught at the University of Kent where she was an Associate Lecturer and Clinic Solicitor at the Kent Law School and Kent Law Clinic. Hannah currently teaches on a range of ULaw programmes with a focus on criminal law, litigation and evidence.
Deborah has a LL.B (Hons) in Law from the University of Southampton and studied at ULaw in Bloomsbury for her LPC. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at a regional law firm in Kent where she specialised in commercial property. Deborah has taught at the University of Law since 2007 and is Course Leader for the Bloomsbury MA in Law students. She teaches Real Estate on the LPC and Equity and Trusts on the LL.B, GDL and MA. Deborah is the former Chair of the Education and Training Sub-Committee at the Westminster and Holborn Law Society.
Steve graduated in Law from King’s College, London before qualifying as both a solicitor and barrister. As a solicitor, Steve was a partner in a firm specialising in legal aid, before he transferred to the Bar to practise criminal defence work for 10 years. Steve is a very experienced BPC tutor, and set up ULaw’s award winning pro bono BPC Tribunal Representation Service - the forerunner to ULaw’s Trainee Litigation Programme and BPC LLM course.
Tariq was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn. He practiced as a barrister specialising in criminal defence in the Youth, Magistrates’ and Crown Courts and at the Court of Appeal. He is also Duty qualified and is an accredited Police Station Representative. Tariq is a tutor on the Bar course, teaching Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing and Criminal Advocacy. He also teaches the on the LLM Advocacy and Bar Skills course.
Andreas holds an LLB, an LLM in Public international Law (King’s College) and a PhD in human rights law completed with a scholarship award. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the Society of Legal Scholars, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the Human Rights Lawyers Association. He has consultancy experience, acting for the European Union and the Council of Europe (external expert to CoE), as well as civil society organisations in Europe on issues around equality and non-discrimination. Andreas publishes widely in academic law journals on human rights, non-discrimination, freedom of movement and human rights accountability for multinational corporations.
Mike completed a French and Italian degree (BA) at the National University of Ireland, Galway before studying a joint English Law and French Law degree (LLB/Diplôme de Droit français) at the universities of Kent and Grenoble. He has a LLM in EU and UK Public Law from King’s College, London and has published work on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. Before joining ULaw in September 2020 as a Senior Tutor, Mike taught different law modules for over 18 years at three different universities and has been both a LLB and a GDL Course Leader, and Programme Leader of Business, Law, and Social Science courses at Kaplan International College, London. Mike is a Fellow of AdvanceHE, has a PG Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, has a PG Certificate in secondary school Modern Foreign Languages teaching, and is also a qualified English language teacher. Mike was made Head of Pastoral Care in February 2021 and a University Teaching Fellow in May 2021.
Dan Weston completed his LLB at University of Kent, Canterbury, where he also received a distinction in his LLM by research in legal interpretation and linguistic analysis. He subsequently received his PhD from University of Leicester, undertaken as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, in human rights law and judicial reasoning through the scope of freedom of speech. During these studies Dan developed related teaching expertise particularly in public law issues, becoming an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and currently tutors in the Legal Research and Common Law Method and Ethics modules at the Bloomsbury campus.
Nick graduated with first class honours in Law and then completed the Law Society Finals at ULaw in London. He trained as a solicitor and specialised in criminal law gaining many years experience assisting his clients in the full range of criminal offending including fraud, robbery and murder. Nick was at court and the police station on a daily basis during that part of his career. He moved into teaching at ULaw in 2001 and taught predominantly on the BPC where he also worked in the pro bono clinic. He has also taught on the GDL, LLB and LPC and now teaches on a variety of programmes at ULaw. In recent years Nick has continued with his work as a solicitor alongside teaching. Nick's particular interests are in criminal law but he also enjoys teaching contract, ethics and commercial law and recently completed an LLM in International Business Law. Nick has had a range of management roles at ULAW and is now an academic manager. Nick is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Michelle graduated with an LLB(Hons) in Law from the University of the West of England and completed her LPC at the Inns of Court School of Law. She qualified as a solicitor in 2008 specialising in property law, personal injury and employment law. Prior to joining ULaw in March 2020, Michelle spent three years as Bespoke Programmes Manager at CILEx Law School; where she was involved in programme management, quality assurance, training and course development. Michelle is also a qualified legal assessor and trainer and has over six years’ experience in providing academic training and pastoral support to legal apprentices.
Sophia graduated with a first class honours in Law before completing her training contract at a national law firm. Upon qualifying as a solicitor, Sophia specialised in community care and Court of Protection law, where she represented individuals who lacked mental capacity to make decisions. Since joining ULaw in 2019, Sophia has taught civil litigation and evidence, together with civil skills on the Bar course and runs various mooting competitions. Sophia is also the Academic Manager for Bloomsbury's visiting lecturers.
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.
Jennifer is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has a BSc (combined Hons) in Psychology with Criminology and Master's Degrees in both Forensic Psychology and Investigative Psychology. She has previously served in the Metropolitan Police Service as a Police Constable and has successfully passed the National Investigators Exam (NIE). As an academic, Jennifer has extensive experience of teaching in Higher Education across criminology and psychology modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and has successfully published in the area of terrorism and counterterrorism.
Elizabeth qualified as a solicitor in 1988 in a central London firm on Harley Street W1, Sears Tooth and Co. After four years as an Assistant Solicitor, she set up her own firm. Elizabeth built a thriving practice specialising in Real Estate and has always had a keen interest in helping people fulfil their potential. In 2000, Elizabeth sold her practice and joined ULaw as a tutor. Elizabeth teaches on the LLB, GDL and LPC.
Luke completed his BA undergraduate degree in Criminology at the University of Leicester in 2013, graduating with First Class Honours. This was followed by MSc in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research at the University of Surrey, for which he achieved Distinction. Luke worked for two years as a researcher at the Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice where he sought to translate empirical research findings into policy and practice across a range of criminal justice agencies, before returning to the University of Surrey to undertake his PhD. Luke’s doctoral research explores the response of the criminal justice system, namely the police and probation service, to LGBT hate crime. During this time, he has also undertaken a range of other projects, whilst working as a researcher for GALOP, exploring the victimisation of LGBT people online and the needs and experiences of LGBT victims of crime.
Clive is a solicitor and a Senior Tutor at ULaw's Bloomsbury Campus with a LLB from University College, London. He studied for the LPC at ULaw, qualified as a solicitor, and practised in the field of civil litigation. Clive teaches a range of subjects in the company/commercial area, including Business Law & Practice (LPC), Contract Law (GDL, LLB), Transactions (LLB), Commercial Law & Practice (LPC) and Intellectual Property Law & Practice (LPC).
Kevin has a LLB in Law from Newcastle University and studied for the Law Society Finals at ULaw's Guildford Campus. After qualifying as a solicitor, he worked in litigation before moving into education. Kevin teaches Dispute Resolution and Immigration Law on the LPC, as well as Actions on the LLB. Kevin designs the Immigration Law and Commercial Dispute Resolution electives on the LPC, the LLM in Advanced Dispute Resolution and the Actions module of the LLB.
Christa has a BA (Hons) in modern languages from Kent University. She converted to law and studied for Law Society Finals at ULaw Guildford. She practised in London firms, specialising in family law and was appointed to the Law Society Children Panel before joining ULaw in 1998. Christa teaches and is Module Lead for the following subjects: Real Estate and Family on the LPC, Family Law on the LLB, Property Practice on SQE1, Interviewing and Legal Writing on SQE2 and Family Law on SQE Plus. She also co-authors Family Law and Practice (CLP).
Aurora has an LLB Hons from Queen Mary University, London. She studied for the Law Society Finals at The University of Law then trained and qualified as a solicitor and headed the conveyancing department in a small but thriving local firm until moving into legal education. Aurora is a former Course Head of the GDL and Head of Tutors at ULaw's London Bloomsbury. She presently teaches on the LLB and GDL at London Bloomsbury.
Stephen originally earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath which led him into the early stages of a career as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. Stephen subsequently completed the GDL and LPC at ULaw, qualifying and working in regional firms as a Private Client solicitor before joining the teaching staff at ULaw in 2000. Stephen teaches Equity & Trusts, other finance and tax-related modules on the LPC as well as the Law & Business module for the MSc.
Savvas completed his Law degree at University of Cambridge in 2012. He spent five years working in the City, including at the Bank of England, predominantly in the Ring Fencing and Brexit legal teams. Savvas then commenced a postgraduate degree at UCL whilst publishing articles and lecturing at various universities. Savvas joined ULaw in September 2019, lecturing on GDL and LLB in EU and Public Law.
Jan graduated with a BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Durham before converting to law at ULaw in Guildford. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1996 and specialised in Commercial Property before moving into legal education. Jan teaches a range of subjects on the LPC and LLB courses. Jan has a particular interest in technology-supported education and has recently completed a PgCert in Learning Technologies at the University of Leicester.
Katie is a Senior Lecturer at ULaw’s Bloomsbury Campus. She studied Classics at Durham University before completing the GDL and LPC at ULaw, Guildford. After qualification, she spent 5 years working at Fox Williams as a corporate lawyer before joining ULaw in 2005. Katie teaches various subjects on the LPC including Business Law and Practice and Employment Law.
Dan is a Senior Tutor at ULaw's London Bloomsbury Campus. He has a BA Hons in Law and Accounting & Finance from the University of Kent and studied the LPC part-time at ULaw. Following his studies, Dan qualified as a solicitor and practiced in Real Estate and Private Client, before moving into legal education. He now teaches Land Law, Property Practice, Real Estate and Advanced Real Estate, as well as Equity & Trusts, Private Client and Wills & Succession, in addition to Common Law Method & Ethics across the LPC, GDL, LLB, and SQE courses.
Syed is an MBA from Bradford University School of Management, and completed his GDL at Middlesex University London. He is a member of Academy of Marketing, British Academy of Management, Chartered Management Institute and Association of Masters of Business Administration. His research interests revolve around Big Data Digital Footprint, Social Media Marketing, Technology Use, Adoption, Privacy and Security. His recent research interest includes customers’ big data digital footprint generation on social media which appeared in the academic journal of Information Systems Frontiers.
Sue Chance is a senior tutor at the London Bloomsbury Centre. Sue has an LLB (Hons) in Law from Nottingham Law School and studied for the Law Society Finals at ULaw in Guildford. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Pritchard, Englefield and Tobin and worked in commercial property until she moved into legal education. Sue teaches property based subjects, so currently teaches Land Law (Team Leader) on the GDL and Real Estate on the LPC.
Chris Hooley is a Senior Tutor at ULaw's Bloomsbury Campus, who has a BA (Hons) in Law from the University of Durham and studied for the LPC at ULaw. He trained as a solicitor at Linklaters and qualified into the Real Estate team there, working on a range of commercial property transactions before moving into legal education. Chris teaches Intellectual Property on the LPC, Land Law on the GDL and LLB and Contract Law on the LLB and PgDL/MA.
Nancy has a BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford. She studied for the Law Society Finals at ULaw. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Iliffes and worked in family law until she moved into legal education. Nancy teaches and is Module Lead of Public Law on the LLB and GDL. She also teaches Family Law on the LLB, Family Law and Dispute Resolution on the LPC and co-authors Family Law and Practice (CLP).
Valerie has an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She studied the LPC at ULaw's Chester Campus. She trained and qualified as a solicitor in North Wales and worked in Family Law, becoming a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel, before until she moved into legal education. Valerie teaches Land and Family on the LLB and on the GDL as well as Real Estate and Family on the LPC.
Max is a Senior Lecturer at ULaw's Bloomsbury Campus and has a law degree from University College London. He trained at Simmons & Simmons and then specialised in employment law and worked for a number of years as a trade union lawyer at Rowley Ashworth Solicitors (now part of Thompsons Solicitors). Max joined ULaw in 2003 and teaches employment law on the LPC, business law on the LLB and the LPC, as well as tort law on the GDL and the LLB.
Frederick is a Senior Lecturer at ULaw's Bloomsbury Campus. He is author of the SQE 1 Manual ‘The Legal System of England and Wales’ (2021) and a designer for the SQE Plus. He graduated with an MA in History from the University of Edinburgh, and studied for the Common Professional Examination and Law Society Finals at the University of Law. He qualified as a solicitor at Reed Smith and worked in shipping, commercial and medical law before moving into education. Frederick teaches Dispute Resolution, Insurance, Professional Conduct, Legal Writing, and Legal Research on the LPC, EU Law and Ethics on the GDL, and EU Law on the LLB.
Sarah is a Senior Lecturer at ULaw's Bloomsbury Campus. She has a MA in English Language and Literature from Somerville College, Oxford and completed the Common Professional Examination and Legal Practice Course at ULaw Bloomsbury. She qualified as a solicitor at Richards Butler (now Reed Smith) and worked in commercial litigation before moving into education. Sarah teaches Tort Law on the GDL and LLB course, and Employment Law, Solicitors Accounts, Wills & Administration of Estates, Tax Law, Insolvency Law, Business Accounts and Professional Conduct on the LPC.
Martin Norris is a senior tutor at the Bloomsbury centre. Martin has an LLB from the University of Warwick. He studied for the Law Society finals at the Chester centre of the University of Law. He qualified as a solicitor at Simmons and Simmons. He taught law at the University of Wales before moving to the London Bloomsbury Centre. He teaches public law, business law and human rights. He is a fellow of the higher education Academy.
David Capron is a Senior Tutor at the Bloomsbury Campus. David has a BA (Hons) in History (and MA) from the University of Cambridge. He studied for the Common Professional Examination and Law Society Finals at the former Lancaster Gate campus of the College of Law (now the University of Law). He qualified as a solicitor and worked following qualification at Charles Russell until he moved into legal education. David teaches Business Law and Mergers and Acquisitions on the Legal Practice Course, Contract Law on the Graduate Diploma in Law and MA (Law) courses and on the LLB undergraduate programme he teaches Contract Law and Employment Law. David is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Vanessa Cortis studied Jurisprudence at Oxford University and then completed Law Society Finals at ULaw's Guildford Campus. She then trained as a solicitor in a magic circle firm and after qualifying she specialised in Family law, advising clients on areas including finance and children. Then she moved to legal education and now teaches on many of the University’s programmes and her interests include Family law, Tort, Wills and Taxation.
Penny Hayhurst graduated with honours in Modern Arabic Studies, spent 3 years in Japan on an Exchange Teaching Programme, and then completed the GDL and LPC at ULaw's Bloomsbury Campus. Penny trained and worked as a solicitor at Clyde & Co and also worked at US law firm Squire Sanders and Dempsey. She specialised in Employment Law, assisting corporate clients in all aspects of employment work. Penny started teaching at ULaw in 2003 and has taught for many years on the LPC focusing on Litigation and Employment. She now teaches more predominantly on the GDL and LLB.
Theresa gained a BA (Hons) in Law and Politics before studying for the Law Society Finals at the London (Lancaster Gate) branch of Ulaw. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Claude, Hornby and Cox specialising in general criminal law and white collar crime working as both a police station and court duty solicitor. Theresa went on to gain an LLM from University of London (UCL) in Theoretical and Comparative Criminal law, Criminal Litigation and Crime and Social Policy before moving into legal education. Theresa currently teaches Criminal Law on the GDL and LLB courses and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Simon read History at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge before embarking on a legal career. He undertook his legal education at The College of Law Chancery Lane/Store Street (now the University of Law) and qualified as a Solicitor. Simon practiced as a commercial litigator, undertaking regular court work and becoming a partner with the firm’s commercial dispute resolution team. Simon has also held appointment as a Deputy District Judge (Civil) and as a District Judge, hearing a wide range of civil, family and private law children matters. Since joining ULaw, Simon has taught dispute resolution related subjects across ULaw’s programmes and has been Team Leader for the LPC Litigation and CDR courses at the London Bloomsbury campus. Simon is a Senior Lecturer and the Civil Team Leader for the Bar Practice Course.
Domenico holds a PhD in Public Comparative Law from the University of Calabria (Italy), completed with a scholarship award. During his doctorate, he was visiting scholar at Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London). Before being awarded his PhD, Domenico obtained a Bachelor Degree and a Master Degree in Political Sciences at the University of Calabria (Italy); furthermore, he got a LLB and a LLM at University of Jaén (Spain).Domenico has an extensive experience of teaching in Higher Education in the UK, Italy, Spain and France across different areas of law at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Domenico is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Domenico has published widely in academic law journals on human rights, transnational law, environmental law. He is a former visiting research fellow at the Centre for Latin-American and Caribbean Studies (University of London).
Dr Amelia Morris has published work on austerity, gender, neo-liberalism and inequality. She graduated from her PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham in December 2018. Prior to this, she completed an MA in Gender and Media from the University of Sussex and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Birmingham, achieving First Class grades in both. Her book, The Politics of Weight, was published in July 2019.
Angela completed her BA undergraduate degree in History and Criminology at the University of Essex in 2014, graduating with First Class Honours. This was followed by a MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Oxford University in 2015. She is currently completing a PhD with the Open University which explores the experiences of Black women in UK prisons through an intersectional lens. Angela has worked within the criminal justice sector in a Secure Training Centre, the National Probation Service, and Youth Justice.
Melayna was awarded her PhD in 2019 from the University of Brighton for her thesis entitled On Order and the Exception: A Philosophical History of Police Power. The examiners recommended the doctorate be awarded summa cum laude to underline its exceptional quality. Melayna was a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA) in 2018 and she also holds a BA in International Relations and MA in Social and Political Thought from the University of Sussex. Her first monograph, based on her PhD thesis, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury. She is also the co-author of Policing the Pandemic: How Public Health becomes Public Order published December 2021 by Policy Press. Her work is interdisciplinary drawing on a range of disciplines and traditions that span political and legal philosophy, critical theory (broadly construed) and Black radical thought.
Alessandra has a degree in Law from the University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy. When she moved to England, she studied for the Common Professional Examination and Legal Practice Course at the London Bloomsbury Centre of the University (then College) of Law. Alessandra was an Associate Lecturer, teaching European Union Law at the Bloomsbury Centre for two years. She then trained and qualified as a solicitor at Withersworldwide LLP, in the Private Client (International) department. Alessandra teaches Equity and Trusts on the Graduate Diploma in Law and on the LLB course, as well as European Union Law.
Kate has an LLB in Law and European Studies and is a dual qualified solicitor, having first qualified in the Republic of Ireland. Kate worked in the Republic of Ireland in the areas of residential and commercial conveyancing, private client and family law. Kate then began contracting in commercial litigation, working for some of the largest city law firms in London. She worked on a number of high profile banking and commercial litigation disputes. She joined ULaw in 2017 and teaches Real Estate.
Sibby Salter read Law at Cambridge University and was called to the Bar in 1991. In the early stages of her career she practised licensing, family and criminal law. Since 2001 she has specialised exclusively in criminal law, prosecuting and defending. She has experience across a wide spectrum of serious criminal cases with particular expertise in cases involving mental health issues. She is an advocacy trainer for Middle Temple and teaches advocacy internationally. She is a barrister at 3 Temple Gardens.
Gavin graduated in Law from the University of Bristol, before studying for the LPC at ULaw. He trained and qualified as a solicitor at Macfarlanes LLP, where he practiced in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group for 12 years. He specialised in corporate litigation, but also undertook financial services, banking, commercial and group litigation work, gaining his Higher Rights of Advocacy qualification along the way. Gavin moved into legal education in 2016 and has taught contract law and equity & trusts, across apprenticeship, LLB and GDL programmes.
Clarissa graduated from Keele University and went on to study the LPC at ULaw in 2010. After completing the LPC with Distinction she joined a high street, legal aid firm practising predominantly in criminal law. Clarissa qualified as a solicitor in 2013. Clarissa went on to become Police Station Accredited, Duty Solicitor Accredited and attained her Higher Rights of Audience in 2018. Clarissa has extensive experience of advocacy in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, criminal litigation and representing clients at the police station. Clarissa joined ULaw in 2020 and is teaching criminal litigation on the BPC.
Paul graduated from University College London with a law degree before completing the LPC at ULaw in Bloomsbury. After training and qualifying into the K&L Gates Dispute Resolution and Litigation team he worked on a variety of contentious and regulatory disputes for a number of years before moving in-house, where he worked in roles across the sports, charity and publishing sectors, advising on a broad range of intellectual property, commercial, marketing and data protection issues before joining ULaw in 2020.
Nicole read Law at the University of Southampton prior to completing her LPC at The University of Law (Bloomsbury). Nicole trained and qualified as a solicitor in a regional law firm in Kent before moving to a firm in London. As a solicitor, Nicole specialised in property litigation and leasehold enfranchisement. Nicole was highly commended in the Young Professional of the Year category at the Enfranchisement & Right to Manage Awards in 2019. Nicole is now a tutor at The University of Law.
Kelly has a LL.B (Hons) in Law from London Guildhall University and studied the LPC at ULaw in Bloomsbury. She qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer initially before obtaining a training contract at a firm in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Kelly qualified as a solicitor in 2008, specialising in residential property and private client. She became a Trusts and Estates Practitioner (TEP) in 2015 and is a member of STEP. Kelly joined ULaw in 2021 and her teaching includes LPC Private Client.
Rachel Mahony is a criminal barrister, who was called to the Bar in 2007. She worked for the Crown Prosecution Service for many years, and was a Senior Crown Prosecutor, working in the proceeds of crime unit, the youth unit and the rape and serious sexual offences unit. She has also worked at the FCA as an associate in financial crime. She has been a member of the Education Committee at Lincoln's Inn for the past 12 years, and this includes assisting BPC students and those seeking pupillage. She has taught criminal litigation, advocacy and legal research.
Darren graduated with an LLB(Hons) from the University of West London and completed his LPC at ULaw’s Bloomsbury campus, gaining a Distinction. Darren was admitted as a Solicitor in 2013 and practiced in Legal 500 firms in London and Surrey, progressing to Partner. He specialised in all areas of Family Law and has a particular passion for Child Law, both Public and Private. He regularly represented his clients in Court in matrimonial finance and children matters. Before embarking on a career in law, Darren worked in such diverse fields as retail fashion management and compliance within the Department of Work and Pensions.
Maria completed her Law Degree at City University, London and then studied the LPC at the Inns of Court School of Law. Maria qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 and specialised in Family Law, including financial and children law matters. For seven years Maria was a partner at a North London firm. After many years of practice Maria decided to move into legal education and now teaches Family Law on the LPC and LLB Tort Law.
Raj graduated from Kingston University with a degree in business law in 2006. He then completed the GDL at Kingston University and the LPC at ULaw part-time. He has been at his current practice for over 13 years where he has attained supervisor status for the Prison Law department, Criminal Appeals department and St Albans magistrates' court department. He is duty accredited and has higher rights of audience in the Crown Court. In practice, Raj frequents local magistrates' courts, police stations and occasionally the Crown Court. Raj joins as a part-time tutor whilst he continues his role within practice.
Lee graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Policing from Canterbury Christchurch University and completed his GDL, LPC and LLM in Legal Practice with Distinction from the London Metropolitan University. Lee subsequently qualified as a childcare solicitor representing Local Authority clients in the Family Court and the Court of Protection. Lee is a retired Police Sergeant and specialised in firearms response and victim identification. He was a member of the team that identified the victims of the Grenfell fire and has received several commendations in his policing career including a Central Criminal Court Judge's Commendation and a Commissioners Commendation following firearm incidents. In his spare time, Lee provides pro bono advice to Forces veterans in childcare matters and assists East England Ambulance Service as a non-clinical emergency response driver.
Michael graduated from Birmingham City University with a BA in Sociology, before studying for an MSc in Social and Political Theory at the Birkbeck, University of London and completing a PhD in law at the University of Edinburgh. His PhD research evaluated the European Union’s strategy for regulating online misinformation and disinformation for consistency with the right to expression as protected by the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. Michael has been teaching since 2013 in secondary, further and higher education over a broad range of subjects and, more recently, has taught public law, contract and legal research.
Lola has an LLB degree from the University of Birmingham and a master’s degree in International Law (LLM International Legal Studies) from Washington College of Law, American University, DC. Upon completion, she joined the immigration department of Alsters Kelley Solicitors, Coventry and was accredited as a Supervisor of Immigration Law by the Legal Services Commission. In 2006, she was admitted to the Nigerian Bar as both a solicitor and barrister, and went on to specialise in corporate and commercial law. She has a vast amount of business experience and is a successful entrepreneur who has worked with several organisations such as NECA’s Network for Entrepreneurial Women in skills acquisition and entrepreneurial training for women. She is a member of both the Association of Women in International Trade and the Washington International Trade Association. Lola also combines her background in international law and experience in business to write academic research papers.
Shamima is General Counsel for a Multi Award Winning Global Hairdressing Group boasting over 631 salons across 48 Countries. She qualified in 2005 after completing LLB (Hons) then LPC at ULaw. She has worked in London in both niche practices and city firms as a solicitor/adhoc training principal specialising in Franchising, Retail & Property Portfolio Management (contentious and non-contentious). Having experience across both the Private Sector and In-house has afforded her with a unique understanding of the practicalities of business and legal issues. Prior to her career in law, Shamima had over 10 years’ experience within the Health and Beauty Industry.