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 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 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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 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).
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.
Andreas holds an LLB Law, an LL.M in Public international Law from King’s College London and a PhD in International 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. Andreas was previously the Course Director for Undergraduate Law Programmes and Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Law of the University of Bedfordshire. He frequently acts as consultant for civil society organisations in Europe on issues around equality and non-discrimination and is listed as an external expert to the Council of Europe (CoE/SOGI) and the European Union. Andreas has published widely in academic law journals on conscientious objection to military service, non-discrimination, freedom of movement and human rights accountability for multinational corporations. In 2017, he was selected as a finalist for the LawCareers.Net Lecturer of the Year Award.
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.
Mike studied a French and Italian (BA) degree at NUI, Galway before studying for an English Law and French Law (LLB) degree at the universities of Kent and Grenoble. He has a Masters in UK and EU Public Law from King’s College London. Before joining ULaw in September 2020 Mike taught a range of law modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at three different universities over a period of 18 years and has been both a LLB and GDL Course Leader. He is a former Programme Leader of Business, Law and Social Science courses at Kaplan International College London. Mike has a PG Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the HEA. He is also a qualified Modern Foreign Languages and English Language teacher.
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.
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.
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 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).
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 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 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 Real Estate and Intellectual Property on the LPC, Land Law on the GDL course and Land Law and Transactions on the LLB.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alison earned an undergraduate degree in Music from the University of Southampton and then completed the GDL and LPC. After completing her training contract at a large regional practice and qualifying in commercial litigation, she went onto specialise in property litigation at a City firm and a niche West End practice before moving into legal education.
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.
Lucas moved from Canada in 2011 and completed his LLB at the University of Leicester in 2014 with First Class honours. This was followed by an LLM with a Human Rights Specialism at the LSE in 2015, an MA in Medical Ethics and Law at King’s College London in 2016, and a PhD at Queen Mary University of London. The focus of his doctorate was critical re-engagement with the practice of surrogacy, as a site of valuable procreative labour, through the lens of feminist Marxist social reproduction theory. Having taught on the tort law, contract law, criminal law, and medical negligence modules during his studies, Lucas joined the University of Law in September 2020 and teaches on the LLB, GDL, and Master’s degree programs.
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.
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.
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.