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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 Gaines, Campus Dean at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Sandie Gaines
Campus Dean

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 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 holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and is currently completing a Master's in Education with the Open University.

Sarah Corbett, Associate Dean at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Sarah Corbett
Associate Dean

Sarah Corbett graduated in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University. After passing the GDL and LPC with Distinction, she practised as a criminal defence solicitor for over eight years. She is currently a criminal defence barrister at 1 Pump Court. She has a MA in Higher and Professional Education and a LLM in Legal Practice, both with Distinction, and is studying part-time for a PhD in law. Sarah was made Associate Professor in 2016.

Nick Ross
Academic Manager and Associate Professor

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 assisting his clients in areas including fraud, robbery and murder. He moved into legal education in 2001 and now teaches on the LLB. Nick's particular research interests are in contract and commercial law and he recently completed an LLM in International Business Law at City University.

Stephen Brill
Academic Manager and Senior Tutor

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.

Steve Illingworth, BPC Programme & Student LEad at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Steve Illingworth
BPC Programme and Student Lead

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.

Jennifer Schmidt-Petersen, Policing Progamme & Student Lead at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Jennifer Schmidt-Petersen
Policing Programme and Student Lead

Jennifer has a BSc (combined hons) in Psychology with Criminology and Master's Degrees in 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.

Peter Goodchild, GDL & MA Law Programme & Student Lead at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Peter Goodchild
GDL and MA Law Programme and Student Lead

Peter Goodchild is an Associate Professor, and Programme & Student Lead for the GDL and MA Law at ULaw's Bloomsbury campus. He studied PPE at St. Anne’s Oxford, before converting to law at ULaw. He trained at Slaughter & May, and practised in Tech and IP Law. Peter returned to ULaw in 2000 as a tutor and now teaches on the GDL, MA Law, LLB and LPC. Peter is also the co-author of Legal Systems & Skills (OUP).

Deborah Crowley, Associate Professor & MA Law Head at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Deborah Crowley
Associate Professor and MA Law Head

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. Outside of the University, Deborah is Chair of the Education and Training Sub-Committee at the Westminster and Holborn Law Society.

Clive Bishop, Associate Professor & LLB Year Head at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Clive Bishop
Associate Professor and LLB Year Head

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 Browne, Associate Professor & Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Kevin Browne
Associate Professor and Senior Tutor

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.

Coral Hill, Associate Professor & Foundation Year Head at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Coral Hill
Associate Professor and Foundation Year Head

Coral initially worked as a litigator in the London offices of Hempsons and Penningtons Manches. She is a member of the International Committee of Westminster & Holborn Law Society. Coral holds a number of external positions including academic advisor for the Judicial College (responsible for the training of the UK judiciary) and trustee for a charity, Cybercare. She has been active in addressing equality issues within the legal profession and is a member of The Law Society Council Membership Committee.

Christa Sabine
Associate Professor

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 practiced 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 Real Estate and for Family on the LPC. She also teaches and is Module Lead for Family Law on the LLB and co-authors Family Law and Practice (CLP).

Olaposi Olatubosun Senior Lecturer (Business & Management) at University of Law London Bloomsbury
Olaposi Olatubosun
Senior Tutor in Business and Management

Prior to his academic career, Posi worked in local and international accounting and banking practice, and he is now a fellow member of the ACCA. He completed his PhD in Accounting and Financial Management at the University of Sheffield. Posi's teaching interests include taxation, financial management and auditing and his research interests include responsible investment, institutional asset ownership and shareholder activism in corporate governance.

Elizabeth Ajai-Ajagbe, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Elizabeth Ajai-Ajagbe
Senior Tutor and Programme and Student Lead – Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme

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.

Aurora Martinez, Senior Tutor & LLB Year Head at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Aurora Martinez
Senior Tutor and LLB Year Head

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, and is Course Head of the LLB.

Jan McEwen, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Jan McEwen
Senior Tutor

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 Gerada
Senior Lecturer

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.

Daniel Burdge, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Dan Burdge
Senior Tutor

Dan is a Senior Tutor and Academic Manager 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 before moving into legal education. He now teaches Real Estate, Advanced Real Estate and Private Client on the LPC, as well as Equity and Trusts on the Graduate Diploma in Law and Real Estate on the LLB.

Syed Muhammad, Senior Tutor (Business School) at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Syed Muhammad
Senior Tutor

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, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Sue Chance
Senior Tutor

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, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Chris Hooley
Senior Tutor

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 Real Estate and Intellectual Property on the LPC, Land Law on the GDL course and Land Law and Transactions on the LLB.

Alison Bicknell, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Alison Bicknell
Senior Tutor

Alison Bicknell is a Senior Tutor at London Bloomsbury. She has a BA (Hons) in Theatre from Smith College (USA).  She studied for the CPE and the LPC at London Guildhall University. She trained and qualified as a solicitor with West End London firm Rochman Landau (eventually becoming a partner) and worked as a private client/property lawyer until she moved into legal education with the University. Alison teaches on the LLB Foundation Year course as well as Equity & Trusts and one of the optional modules, Wills and Succession, on the LLB undergraduate course.  She also teaches Equity & Trusts on the GDL) as well as Real Estate Law & Practice and Private Client on the Legal Practice Course. Alison is the University design module lead for Equity and Trusts on the GDL and MA Law courses.  Alison is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is affiliated with STEP, the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners.

Nancy  Duffield, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Nancy Duffield
Senior Tutor

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 Vickery, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Valerie Vickery
Senior Tutor

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.

Christine Taylor, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Christine Taylor
Senior Tutor

Christine is a Senior Tutor at ULaw's Bloomsbury Campus. She studied History at the University of Reading before achieving a Law degree from City of London Polytechnic, where she began teaching. She then studied for a LLM at London School of Economics and completed the LPC. Christine joined ULaw in 2002 and now teaches Contract, Tort and Law in Action on the LLB course, Contract and Tort on the GDL course, and Business Law and Practice and Employment Law on the LPC.

Max Alavy, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Max Alavy
Senior Tutor

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.

Angela Wright, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Angela Wright
Senior Tutor

Angela is a Senior Tutor at ULaw's Bloomsbury Campus. She has a degree in English from the University of Sussex, a postgraduate teaching qualification in Higher Education from Sorbonne (Paris IV), and studied for the Common Professional Examination and Law Society Finals at ULaw. She qualified as a solicitor and was a Training Partner before teaching. Angela teaches Law of Organisations on the GDL and Business Law and Mergers and Acquisitions on the LPC together with Law and Business.

Emma Szelepet, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Emma Szelepet
Senior Tutor

Emma holds an MA in Classics from Magdalen College, Oxford. After a time at the British Library and in publishing, she studied law at City University and at ULaw in Bloomsbury. Emma was a commercial litigator for ten years, has completed an MA in Medical Law at King’s College London, and is preparing to embark on PhD studies. At ULaw, she teaches contract law on the LLB and GDL; on the LPC, business law and practice, commercial dispute resolution and international intellectual property.

Fred Price, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Frederick Price
Senior Tutor

Frederick is a Senior Lecturer at ULaw's Bloomsbury Campus. He graduated with an MA in History from the University of Edinburgh, and studied for the Common Professional Examination and Law Society Finals at ULaw. He qualified as a solicitor at Reed Smith and worked in shipping, commercial and medical law before moving into education. Frederick teaches Dispute Resolution, Professional Conduct, Legal Writing, and Legal Research on the LPC, EU Law, Ethics and Professional Legal Practice on the GDL, and EU Law on the LLB.

Sarah Brown, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Sarah Brown
Senior Tutor

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer at ULaw's Bloomsbury Campus, who has an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford. She studied for the Common Professional Examination and Legal Practice Course at ULaw. She qualified as a solicitor 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, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Martin Norris
Senior Tutor

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, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
David Capron
Senior Tutor

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, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Vanessa Cortis
Senior Tutor

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, Senior Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Penny Hayhurst
Senior Tutor

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. She trained as a solicitor specialising 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.

Savvas Michael
Tutor and Head of Academic Masters in Law

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, and became Head of the Academic Masters in Law programmes for the Bloomsbury campus in February 2020.

Hannah Radclyffe, Tutor & LPC Year Head at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Hannah Radclyffe
Tutor and LPC Year Head

After studying at the University of Reading and ULaw, Hannah qualified as a corporate solicitor, and is now a solicitor and tutor at ULaw. As a corporate solicitor, Hannah advised on international mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate finance before working as in-house legal counsel. Hannah’s experience includes advising on commercial contracts, corporate law, intellectual property, regulatory compliance and consumer law. She continues to practise alongside her teaching at ULaw and currently advises on areas including intellectual property, data protection and commercial law.

Richard Huggins, Lecturer (Criminology) at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Richard Huggins
Tutor (Criminology)

Richard has an MA in Critical Theory (University of Reading) and a PhD in Sociology (University of Warwick). He has written extensively on a range of subjects in politics and sociology, and has also published numerous book chapters and journal articles in relation to crime with a specific focus on substance use and misuse. He is a member of the Offender Health Research Network and the Learning Together prison education project.

Alessandra Fahy-Spada, Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Alessandra Fahy-Spada
Tutor

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.

Sukhveer Kandola, Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Sukhveer Kandola
Tutor

Sukhveer was called to the Bar at Inner Temple after passing the BPC (formerly known as the BPTC) at ULaw's Bloomsbury Campus. She practised as a Barrister at the Crown Prosecution Service appearing in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth Courts, and has a degree in Audiology. Sukhveer joined ULaw in 2017, teaching primarily on the BPTC. She works with The Inns of Court College of Advocacy and The Bar Council to encourage students from disadvantaged and/or underrepresented backgrounds to access the Bar to promote equality, diversity and social mobility in the profession.

Claire Furlong, Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Claire Furlong
Tutor

Claire has a degree in Music from Southampton University, and spent 6 years in the Royal Navy, before undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Law and the LPC at the University of West of England. She then qualified as a solicitor specialising in criminal defence work, completed an LLM at City University and became a Solicitor Advocate. Claire is a tutor on the BPC, teaching Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing and Criminal Advocacy but has also taught Advanced Criminal Practice on the LPC.

Tariq Al-Mallak
Tutor

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.

Kevin Faffelly, The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Kevin Farrelly
Tutor

Kevin graduated from Cambridge University before completing the BVC at the Inns of Court School of Law. For 26 years he practiced as a Chancery barrister and his reported Court of Appeal and High Court cases range from residential landlord and tenant, to leasehold enfranchisement to surveyors' professional negligence, to contested probate. Kevin joined ULaw in 2017, principally as a Civil Tutor on the BPC, where he also teaches the Chancery option.

Kate Cunningham, Tutor at The University of Law London Bloomsbury
Kate Cunningham
Tutor

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.