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Led by Acting Dean Gareth Richards, the academic staff are dedicated to bringing their real-life experiences in practice into the classroom, providing students with genuine insights into the subject matter studied on our courses. Each of our students is assigned a personal tutor and has regular one-to-one meetings where they can get advice on their course and on their career aspirations. Our tutors operate an ‘open door’ policy, so students can talk to them whenever they need to.

Gareth Richards
Gareth Richards
Acting Dean

Gareth studied history at Cambridge University before converting to law at ULaw in London. He trained and qualified as a solicitor at Linklaters, specialising in commercial property, planning and environmental law, before moving into legal education in 1997. He's taught on the GDL, LPC, PSC and Master's courses and been involved in designing LPC modules. In his time at the University, he's held a number of management roles and is currently the Acting Dean at Moorgate.

Mary Medyckyj
Mary Medyckyj
Head of Tutors

Mary has a BSc in Biology from Manchester University and an LLM from Bristol University. She qualified at Mishcon de Reya and worked at Bird & Bird, specialising in Intellectual Property, before moving to Mewburn Ellis. Mary also set up her own legal practice specialising in Intellectual Property and worked at Charles Russell. Mary is also Scottish qualified, a qualified mediator and a magistrate. She teaches on the Intellectual Property elective of the LPC.

Aruna Verma, Programme Director (Secondment), The University of Law Hong Kong campus
Aruna Verma
Associate Professor currently on secondment to our Hong Kong Campus

Aruna has an LLB Hons and studied her LPC at ULaw in Guildford. She began teaching in 2008 as a visiting lecturer whilst she maintained her practice as a Solicitor. She initially taught on the BPTC (now BPC) before expanding onto the LPC and GDL. She teaches criminal litigation and ethics on the BPC, dispute resolution and advanced crime on the LPC, and criminal law, public law, contract and ethics on the GDL. In 2019, Aruna was appointed the inaugural Programme Director for the first International University of Law Campus in Hong Kong.

Sarah Hargrave, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Moorgate campus
Sarah Hargrave
Acting GDL and MA Law Programme and Student Lead

Sarah is currently the Programme and Student Lead for the GDL and MA Law. She has a BA in Law & Criminology from the University of Sheffield and trained and qualified at Clyde & Co, specialising in insurance and reinsurance litigation. Sarah initially joined ULaw in 2008, returned to practice at Clyde & Co for a number of years, then re-joined the University in 2016. Sarah currently teaches Dispute Resolution and Insurance Law on the LPC and Contract Law and Criminal Law on the GDL.

Andrew Strong
Andrew Strong
Acting LPC Programme and Student Lead

Andrew is currently the Programme and Student Lead for the LPC. Andrew took an MA (Hons) in French and Spanish from the University of Cambridge (Clare College). After graduating, he studied the GDL and LPC at ULaw. Andrew trained and qualified at Walker Morris in Leeds, specialising in employment law. After a spell with Thrings in London, Andrew moved into legal education. He now teaches Dispute Resolution and Employment Law and Practice on the LPC. He is course leader on the Part-time evening LPC at the Moorgate Campus.

Robert Foxall
Rob Foxall
Academic Manager and Associate Professor

Rob has an MA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford. He studied for the Law Society Finals at Manchester Polytechnic and trained as a solicitor at the City firm of Lewis Silkin. He has practised in a number of regional firms across the South East, working in Real Estate (residential and commercial) and Private Client. Rob joined The University of Law in 2007, teaching Equity & Trusts on the GDL and Real Estate and Private Client on the LPC.

Dipa Mandal, Academic Manager & Senior Tutor at The University of Law Moorgate campus
Dipa Mandal
Academic Manager and Senior Tutor

Dipa studied her LLB at the University of Warwick and the LPC at the Bloomsbury Campus of The University of Law. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Charles Russell LLP, London and also worked at Cripps Harries Hall LLP until she moved into legal education. Dipa has extensive teaching experience on the LPC, GDL and Master's courses. She teaches Introduction to Professional Practice, Business Law and Practice, Public Companies and Equity Finance, Law and Business, and Equity law.

Malcolm Roger
Malcolm Roger
Academic Manager and Senior Tutor

Malcolm has an LLB from the University of Hull where he won the Lewenstein Prize before completing his Law Society Finals at ULaw's Guildford Campus. He trained and qualified as a solicitor at Maples Teesdale in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Having taken an LLM at University College London in 2007, including modules in EU Environmental Law and Comparative European Law, Malcolm joined the University in 2008 and was appointed Senior Tutor in 2014. He teaches EU Law on the GDL and Dispute Resolution, Employment Law and Commercial Law on the LPC. He became an Academic Manager in 2016.

Alex Laski
Alex Laski
Senior Tutor

Alex studied Modern Languages at Cambridge and Performance Arts at Middlesex. He then studied for an M.Phil (by research) in Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham. Alex completed the CPE and LPC at MMU and qualified as a solicitor at Addleshaw Goddard. Alex worked for Chambers Legal Directory before moving into education. He teaches Business Law and Practice and Commercial Law on the LPC, Contract and EU Law on the GDL and MA and Law of Organisations on the GDL.

Alexis
Alexis Mavrikakis
Senior Tutor

Alexis studied law at the University of Cambridge, obtaining a BA (Hons) and MA before training and qualifying at Clifford Chance. Alexis has taught a wide range of subjects on the GDL and LPC for over 20 years. He has developed, written and delivered a many courses for the LPC and has co-developed and delivered a new tutor training programme. Alexis is the principal author of the CLP textbook “Business Law and Practice” and sole author of “Public Companies and Equity Finance”.

Alla Konnikov
Alla Konnikov
Senior Tutor and Associate Professor

Alla studied International Relations and Psychology (Hon) and MSc in Psychology (Hon) at Columbia University, NY, USA before completing her law qualifications at ULaw. Alla trained and qualified at Clifford Chance and then worked for Merrill Lynch. Alla joined ULaw in 2006 and has taught and designed on the LPC, GDL and Master's courses. She designed and teaches the Law and Business module and teaches Business Law and Practice, and Public Companies.

Amy Stirling
Amy Stirling
Senior Tutor

Amy studied law at Kings College London before taking her LPC at The University of Law. She trained and qualified at Dawsons LLP (now Penningtons Manches LLP) where she acquired broad and extensive experience in both commercial dispute resolution and contentious employment practice before moving into legal education. Amy teaches Dispute Resolution, Employment Law and Practice and Commercial Dispute Resolution on the LPC and Tort on the GDL.

Anna Elmirzayeva, Senior Tutor & ULTRA Member at The University of Law Moorgate campus
Anna Elmirzayeva
Senior Tutor and ULTRA member

Anna is from Ukraine where she gained a BA in International Relations and a Master's in International Law. She has an LLM in European law, a PhD in Law from University of Essex, and completed the Oxford Blockchain strategy programme at Said Business School. Anna teaches EU on the GDL and is developing a module on AI and Blockchain for the MSc in Legal Technology. She is a member of the University’s legal tech research academy ULTRA.

Cemile
Cemile Cakir
Senior tutor, Teaching Fellow and member of ULTRA

Cemile has an LLB in Law from the London School of Economics and is completing her MA in Education and Technology at the University College London Institute of Education. She's practised in Legal Aid and Property Law. Cemile teaches Public Law, Criminal Law and Land Law on the GDL, and Real Estate, Banking Debt Finance and Immigration on the LPC. She also specialises in legal technology, leading the ULTRA project implementing the introduction of legal tech education.

Claire Darbourne
Tutor

Claire studied law at Bristol University and completed her LSFE at the College of Law (now the University of Law) in Guildford. She trained and qualified into the general litigation department of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, soon specialising in employment law. After 10 years in practice, she became a Professional Support Lawyer in the employment team where she worked for 20 years before joining the University of Law. She teaches the Dispute Resolution module and the Employment law elective on the LPC.

Daniel Cowan, Senior Tutor & Associate Professor at The University of Law Moorgate campus
Daniel Cowan
Senior Tutor and Associate Professor

Daniel studied mathematics at the University of Nottingham before converting to law at ULaw in Chester. As a solicitor he worked principally in the field of commercial litigation, before moving into legal education in 2008. He teaches Dispute Resolution on the LPC and Contract Law on the GDL. He is a Module Lead for LPC Dispute Resolution, contributing to the design, maintenance and assessment of that course, and has also been involved in the design and delivery of Master’s courses.

Daniela Saretti
Daniela Saretti
Senior Tutor

Daniela Saretti is a dual qualified solicitor. She studied law at the University of Bari, Italy. She trained and qualified in Italy, practising corporate and commercial law at CMS Adonnino Ascoli Cavasola Scamoni. Daniela gained experience in England at Radcliffes Le Brasseur and GlaxoSmithKline, completing the QLTT at ULaw in 2005. Daniela teaches EU Law on the GDL and Introduction to Professional Practice, Business Law and Practice and Commercial Law on the LPC.

Evy Sandhu, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Moorgate campus
Evy Sandhu
Senior Tutor

Evy has an LLB in Law from Queen Mary University of London and studied for the LPC at ULaw. She trained and qualified at Philip Ross Solicitors and was part of the Commercial Real Estate team working on large development and high end commercial rental projects, until she moved into legal education. Evy teaches EU Law and Public Law on the GDL as well as Real Estate, Debt Finance, Family Law and Practice on the LPC.

Emma Bertuzzi
Emma Bertuzzi
Senior Tutor and Teaching Fellow

Emma studied law at the University of Manchester. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Ince & Co, specialising in mediating, litigating and arbitrating shipping disputes and acted for ship owners in several high profile major pollution incidents. Emma teaches Dispute Resolution, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Advocacy on the LPC as well as Criminal Law on the GDL and MA law course. Emma is Course Leader for the January Accelerated LPC and is the Team Leader for the Civil Dispute Resolution team at Moorgate.

Emma Velkova
Senior Lecturer

Emma studied Law and French Law at University College London and Paris II Pantheon-Assas. She completed her LPC at ULaw Bloomsbury before qualifying as a solicitor with Dentons. She qualified in their Dispute Resolution Department specialising in Commercial Dispute Resolution and Arbitration, including International Arbitration. Emma has an MA in Social Policy and Criminology from the Open University. She joined ULaw in 2008. She has taught on the Business Law and Practice, Dispute Resolution and Commercial Dispute Resolution courses on the LPC. Emma also teaches on the Contract Law and the Criminal Law course on the GDL. Emma is the Course Leader for the January Start GDL programme.

Elizabeth Lyus
Elizabeth Lyus
Senior Tutor

Elizabeth has a BA in History from the University of Leicester and completed the Law Society Finals at ULaw. She trained and qualified at DJ Freeman before working at Cripps Harries Hall, advising on professional negligence claims. Elizabeth teaches Tort on the GDL and manages the GDL Tort team at Moorgate. She teaches Drafting, Dispute Resolution, Advocacy and Commercial Law on the LPC. For a number of years Elizabeth has been the Joint Head of Advocacy at Moorgate. She also teaches Commercial Law on the LLM.

Helen Dyer
Helen Dyer
Tutor

Helen has a law degree from the University of East Anglia. She studied for the Law Society Finals at ULaw and then worked in private practice for 25 years. For her last 12 years in private practice Helen was a partner in DLA Piper’s banking team, specialising in real estate finance. Helen teaches Equity and Trusts on the GDL and Real Estate and Debt Finance on the LPC. Helen is the module lead for Banking and Debt Finance.

Harriet Payter
Harriet Payter
Senior Tutor and Teaching Fellow

Harriet has an LLB from the University of Bristol. She trained and qualified at Russell Jones & Walker (now Slater Gordon) before moving to civil liberties firm Bindmans, specialising in clinical negligence and personal injury litigation. Harriet teaches Dispute Resolution, Advocacy, Clinical Negligence and Commercial Law on the LPC as well as Tort law on the GDL. Harriet leads the Advocacy and Personal Injury teaching teams at Moorgate. Harriet is also a Solicitor Apprentice skills coach.

Karen Watts
Karen Watts
Senior Tutor and Teaching Fellow

Karen Watts is the Course Leader for MA Law at the Moorgate Campus. She is also the Team Leader for Commercial Dispute Resolution and Advocacy. Karen qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and worked exclusively for City firms, specialising in civil and commercial litigation for insurers. Karen has taught on the LPC, GDL and MA Law, where she delivers Public Law programmes as well as the Legal Research and Independent Project module.

John Van Issum, Senior Tutor & Associate Professor at The University of Law Moorgate campus
John Van Issum
Senior Tutor and Associate Professor

John joined ULaw in 1999 as a qualified barrister. He is interested in legal pedagogy and furthering liberal education and professional skills in a legal vocational training environment. He has taught on the BPTC, LPC, GDL and LLB and was the BPTC’s civil team leader from 2005 to 2013 and Acting Head of BPTC in 2010. The BPTC is now known as the BPC. His interests include civil procedure, dispute resolution, mediation, ethics and skills training in advocacy, conference and drafting.

Joanna Webster, Tutor at The University of Law Moorgate campus
Joanna Webster
Tutor

Joanna trained and qualified at global law firm Clyde & Co. She specialised in international commercial litigation, intellectual property and property disputes with a particular focus on the aviation, security and technology sectors. She has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Exeter and studied the GDL and LPC at ULaw. Joanna joined The University of Law in August 2017 and teaches Dispute Resolution and Commercial Law on the LPC and Contract Law on the GDL.

Lynn Smith
Lynn Smith
Senior Tutor and Associate Professor

Lynn is the Module Lead for Advanced Real Estate and Real Estate Team Leader for Moorgate. She has an MA (Jurisprudence) from Jesus College, Oxford, a Diplome Approfondi from Universite de Basse-Normandie and a London Chamber of Commerce Business French qualification. Lynn teaches on a variety of courses, including Real Estate, Advanced Real Estate, Debt Finance, Interviewing, Practical Legal Research, Conduct and Land Law.

Leona Mason
Leona Mason
Senior Tutor

Leona studied law at the University of Sheffield before attending The University of Law’s Chester Campus to qualify as a solicitor. Leona worked for many years in practice, latterly as a partner in Underwood Solicitors LLP, specialising in property finance and secured lending. She joined ULaw in 2006 and teaches Real Estate, Advanced Real Estate, International Capital Markets and Loans Practice on the LPC and Land Law on the GDL.

Mike Butler, Tutor & ULTRA Member at The University of Law Moorgate campus
Mike Butler
Tutor and member of ULTRA

Mike studied law and history in Auckland and started work as a solicitor at a leading New Zealand firm. He came to London in the 1990s, joining McKenna & Co (now CMS) before becoming an IP Partner at Squire Patton Boggs (previously Hammonds). He was the general counsel and head of compliance for Parabis Law. Mike teaches on all programmes: Ethics and Law of Organisations (GDL), Intellectual Property and Law and Business (LPC) and English Legal System and Business Structures (LLM).

Marie Calleja
Marie Calleja
Senior Tutor

Marie qualified as a solicitor after studying at The University of Law's Guildford Campus. She passed the Law Society finals with first class honours. Marie joined The University of Law as a tutor in 1994 and has taught on the LPC, GDL and Master's courses. Marie specialises in corporate law, teaching Business Law and Practice and Mergers and Acquisitions on the LPC and Law of Organisations and Contract on the GDL.

Melanie Laithwaite
Melanie Laithwaite
Tutor

Melanie joined ULaw after 16 years in-house at NBCUniversal, serving as Chief Legal & HR Officer and member of the international senior leadership team, coordinating a team of 200+ covering over 35 countries. Prior to that, she trained and qualified into the Company/Commercial Media team at DJ Freeman (now CMS). Melanie studied law at the University of Nottingham, before completing her LLM in International Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and her LPC. She is dual qualified and now teaches Business Law and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Natalie McGibbon, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Moorgate campus
Natalie McGibbon
Senior Tutor

Natalie trained as a solicitor at Clifford Chance and practised in one of their Commercial Real Estate departments. She joined ULaw in 2007, teaching Property Law and Practice on the LPC, then moved to Singapore for two years where she worked as a Knowledge Management lawyer at Allen and Gledhill. She continued to work on design projects for the University remotely. Natalie returned to the UK in 2010 and now teaches Business Law and Practice and Banking on the LPC.

Paul de la Pena, Tutor at The University of Law Moorgate campus
Paul de la Pena
Tutor

Paul is a solicitor with many years of City experience in practice. His specialism is insolvency and restructuring. He worked most recently at Eversheds Sutherland as a partner and national head of the restructuring team. Prior to Eversheds, Paul had worked at Wilde Sapte (now Dentons) and DLA Piper. Paul is teaching Business Law and Practice and Mergers and Acquisitions on the LPC.

Peter Watson
Peter Watson
Tutor

Peter has an MA in Classics from the University of Oxford. He studied law at ULaw and achieved the highest mark of his year in Part 1. He trained and qualified as a solicitor at Biddle & Co. (now Pinsent Masons), becoming a partner two years after qualifying. Peter worked in Real Estate and became head of the Property Department. He joined ULaw in 2004 and teaches Land Law on the GDL and Real Estate and Public Companies Law and Practice on the LPC.

Shehnaz Varda
Shehnaz Varda
Senior Tutor and Teaching Fellow

Shehnaz has an LLB from Queen Mary University, London and studied the LPC at ULaw. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Wilde Sapte (now known as Dentons) and worked in shipping finance and banking before moving into legal education. Shehnaz teaches Tort on the GDL as well as Business Law and Debt Finance on the LPC. She has also taught Islamic Finance on the Banking Finance Training Consortium.

Shireen Nakhuda
Shireen Nakhuda
Senior Tutor

Shireen graduated with a First Class Honours LLB Law degree from Queen Mary University of London and studied the LPC at ULaw. Shireen trained and qualified as a solicitor at Rochman Landau and specialised in mergers and acquisitions until she moved into legal education. She joined The University of Law in 2008 and has extensive teaching experience on the Business Law and Practice and Banking and Debt Finance modules of the LPC.

Simon George, Senior Tutor, Associate Professor & ULTRA Member at The University of Law Moorgate
Simon George
Senior Tutor, Associate Professor and member of ULTRA

Simon studied law at the University of Oxford and qualified after training at Halliwells. He moved to Pinsent Masons' banking department and entered legal education at ULaw in 2006. Simon has been involved with key clients of the University since 2006, teaching Business Law and Practice, Banking and Debt Finance and Law and Business on the LPC. He also specialises in legal technology and leads the University project group ULTRA.

Sue Eccleston
Sue Eccleston
Senior Tutor

Sue studied law at the University of Liverpool and became a qualified lawyer at a firm where she worked in the Litigation Department. She also gained an MA in Business Law. Sue became involved in education when she worked for The Law Society and later moved into working in professional development. Sue is Team Leader for Public Law. She teaches Public Law on the MA Law course, Equity & Trusts on the GDL and Dispute Resolution on the LPC.

Timothy Hawkins
Timothy Hawkins
Senior Tutor

Timothy has an LLB from Kings College London. He studied the LPC at ULaw and qualified as a solicitor at Withers, working in alternative investment market flotations until he moved into legal education. Timothy teaches Ethics and Professional Legal Practice and European Law on the GDL as well as Business Law, Competition Law and Intellectual Property on the LPC. He is Module Lead for Ethics and Professional Legal Practice and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Victoria Macfarlane
Victoria MacFarlane
Senior Tutor

Victoria has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Liverpool and studied for the Law Society Finals at ULaw. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Slaughter and May and worked in the Company/Commercial Department. Victoria teaches tort on the GDL as well as Business Law, Law and Business and Mergers and Acquisitions on the LPC. Victoria is the Module Lead and Team Leader for Mergers and Acquisitions, and Course Leader for the Part-time evening LPC.