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Led by Campus Dean Amanda Hedayati, our tutors and professors are dedicated to bringing their real-life experience in practice into the classroom, providing our students with genuine insight into the subject matter. Each of our students are assigned a personal tutor and have regular one-to-one meetings where they can get advice on the course and career aspirations. As regular tutors are based in our campuses they operate an ‘open door’ policy, so students can talk to them whenever they need to.

Amanda Hedayati
Amanda Hedayati
Campus Dean

Amanda is the Dean at the Manchester campus and held positions as Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for LLB/GDL before her appointment. She has vast experience in employment law with particular expertise in discrimination and diversity. Previously Employment Law Head for BPP’s Professional Development faculty, she designed and presented a range of professional training courses, and now brings that knowledge to ULaw’s aspiring legal professionals.

Laura McGarry
Laura McGarry
Head of Tutors

Laura teaches Civil Litigation on the LPC, Tort Law on the LLB and GDL and Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence on the LPC. Laura is also Head of Tutors for the Manchester Campus and therefore, one of her aims is to enhance the student experience by securing high quality teaching and making effective use of staff resource. Laura is passionate about creating a supportive and focused learning environment.

David Molyneux
David Molyneux
Academic Manager

David joined the University of Law in 2019. Previously, David spent 9 years working in international law firms, where he specialised in all aspects of commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. David teaches on both our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. David is currently teaching on the Intellectual Property, Business Law and Practice, and Introduction to Professional Practice modules on the Legal Practice Course, and Contract law on the LLB.

Sara Brett
Sara Brett
Academic Manager

Sara graduated with an LLB from the University of Sheffield and worked in the public sector and insurance for several years before training as a teacher. She was a lecturer in the FE sector for eight years where she taught Criminology and on the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) teacher training programme before joining University of Law as a tutor in September 2019. She teaches Criminal Law and Criminology on the LLB Year 2 and also on the LLB Foundation course. Sara is also the administrator of the Northern Chancery Bar Association, organising CPD seminars, conferences and events for barristers on the Northern Circuit.

Niall Macdonald, Tutor at The University of Law
Niall Mac Donald
Programme and Student Lead, Postgraduate Academic Programmes in Law

Niall has spent the bulk of his career in Further and Higher Education. He first graduated with a degree in Philosophy, later converting to Law, and was Called to The Bar in 2006. He leads the Postgraduate Academic Programmes in Law (The Postgraduate Diploma, the MA and LLM courses). He teaches on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, covering Medical law and Ethics, Tort Law, Common Law Methods, Professional and Legal Ethics, and Research Methodology. He is a member of the Ethics Committee (reviewing research proposals) and the Teaching and Learning Group. He is also Director of a small private investment company.

Rachel Driscoll
Rachel Driscoll
Programme and Student Lead, Undergraduate Programmes

Rachel completed a Law and Criminology degree at the University of Sheffield and then went on to study the Legal Practice Course. She qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and worked as a high street lawyer for 8 years. Rachel has a broad experience of different areas of practice including family, crime, private client, personal injury and litigation. Rachel moved into teaching 6 years ago and joined the university in March 2018. She also has experience of training legal apprentices. In her current role, Rachel oversees the running of the undergraduate law, business and criminology degrees at the Manchester campus and she also teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate courses with a particular focus on crime and family.

Mark Pimblett, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Mark Pimblett
LPC and SQE Programme & Student Lead and Senior Tutor

Mark joined the University of Law in October 2017 and is the LPC and SQE Programme & Student Lead at the Manchester Campus. Previously Mark worked in private practice for almost 10 years, specialising in Civil Litigation, in particular Landlord and Tenant matters. In his role as Senior Tutor, Mark has taught on the LPC, LLB, GDL and MA Law programmes, with a particular focus on Real Estate and Land Law.

Nigel Booth, Tutor at The University of Law
Nigel Booth
Programme & Student Lead, Bar Practice Course

Nigel Booth was called to the Bar in 1994 by Gray’s Inn. After his first six months’ pupillage at Furnival Chambers in London under the supervision of Francis Sheridan (now the Honorary Recorder of Aylesbury), Nigel's second six was with the Crown Prosecution Service in Manchester where he stayed until January 2000, having become a Senior Crown Prosecutor. Since then, Nigel spent twenty years practising at the criminal Bar from Chambers in Manchester, first at St John’s Buildings and then with the criminal team at 9 St John Street, where he is still a member. When the Bar Practice Course started at the Manchester campus, Nigel joined as the tutor in criminal skills and criminal litigation evidence and sentencing and he is now the Programme Student Experience Lead. Away from the campus, Nigel is a School Governor and has published three self-help legal books on defending yourself, road traffic offences and licence reviews.

Mike Iliff, Associate Professor at The University of Law
Mike Iliff
Associate Professor

Mike worked for a number of “top 100 law firms” during his career before joining The University of Law in Manchester in August 2009. He is now an Associate Professor and teaches Land Law on the GDL and the LLB, Business Law, Real Estate and Advanced Real Estate on the LPC. He also delivers a number of Professional Skills Courses and is a Fellow of the HEA. Mike is a Chief Examiner for CILEx and also the author of a number of publications.

Kate Balldwin
Kate Baldwin
Associate Professor

Kate joined The University of Law Manchester campus when it opened in 2009. As an Associate Professor her main focus is the LPC on which she primarily teaches business related subjects. Outside of teaching, she arranges the Speakers’ Corner programme and the Share Race, both of which aim to develop ULaw students’ commercial awareness and understanding of other professions.

Debbie Woods
Debbie Woods
Associate Professor

Debbie has been a part of the Manchester team since 2009. She teaches on all the programmes at Manchester focusing on areas of Business Finance, EU and Public Law, Private client and employment law. She has also co-lead on the University’s Law and Business with Management MSc programme and is encouraged to see the difference it has made to the confidence of students in their commercial awareness and employability.

Judith Mooneeram
Judith Mooneeram
Senior Tutor

Judith first joined the College of Law in 1984. She transferred to the Manchester Centre when it opened in 2009. She previously worked in both the public and private sector in the Manchester area as an Employment practitioner with particular interest in Disability Discrimination. Judith specialises in Employment, Equity and Trusts and Dispute Resolution, teaching across a range of courses.

Mike Waring, Senior Tutor at The University of Law
Mike Waring
Senior Tutor

Mike qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and specialised in Civil Litigation. He has been with us since 1993 during which Mike has taught Dispute Resolution in all its various guises on the LPC and is the author of the CDR textbook. Today, he teaches Criminal Law and Contract Law on both the GDL and LLB as well as the Actions course on the latter. He also delivers a number of courses to trainees as part of the Professional Skills Course including Advocacy and Client Care.

Helen Graley
Helen Graley
Senior Tutor

Helen joined the University of Law in August 2009 after being in private practice for 9 years. In practice she specialised in Commercial Property work. She teaches on the LLB, GDL and LPC. In addition to Property Law she has taught across Business Finance, EU Law, Legal Essentials, Transactions and Commercial Law. She is also Head of PLR and Share Race coordinator. Helen is also part of the Apprenticeship Work Based Assessor team.

Marian Turnbull, Senior Tutor at The University of Law
Marian Turnbull
Senior Tutor

Marian qualified as a Solicitor in 1992 and worked up to equity partner level in private practice, advising on various areas of law, including civil litigation, criminal litigation and family. She joined the University of Law’s Manchester campus when it opened in 2009. Marian teaches across all courses (LLB, GDL, LPC), and now focuses on the LPC, teaching Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury and Insurance, along with various professional skills courses.

Mike Hall, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Mike Hall
Senior Tutor

Mike started working with the University of Law in 2016 and has taught a range of subjects across the LLB, GDL and LPC with a focus on corporate and commercial areas such as Transactions, Law & Business and Public Companies Law & Practice. Mike has lectured on The FIFA Master - International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport at the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Sian Kilgannon, Senior Tutor at The University of Law
Sian Kilgannon
Senior Tutor

Sian is a Senior Tutor and joined the University in 2008, first teaching at the Chester centre and then transferring across when the Manchester Centre opened in 2009. Sian is the Subject Lead for Business Law and Practice and for Mergers & Acquisitions on the LPC and she also teaches Law of Organisations and EU law on both GDL and LLB. Sian teaches both during the week and also on some Saturdays and she is the Student Lead for the Part Time Weekend LPC.

Keir Bamford, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Keir Bamford
Senior Tutor

Keir worked in commercial practice in Manchester before joining The University of Law in 1995. He teaches across the LLB and LPC, specialising in Business Law & Practice, Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law, and Competition Law. Keir has undertaken a large amount of course design work for The University, and is currently the course designer for the LPC Intellectual Property module and associated assessments. Keir is currently an Associate Professor at The University.

Jacqui  Landis, Senior Tutor at The University of Law
Jacqui Landis
Senior Tutor

Jacqui teaches at the Manchester centre having previously studied and then taught at the Chester centre. She teaches Tort on both the LLB and GDL courses, Dispute Resolution and Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence litigation on the LPC/LLM and Personal Injury litigation and Advocacy and Communication skills on the PSC. She is the local team leader of Tort on the GDL and the Module Lead for Tort on the LLB. Jacqui has also recently co-designed the Tort LLB course.

Carol Hadwen
Carol Hadwen
Senior Tutor

Carol teaches across the LLB, GDL and LPC courses but her main teaching is in Real Estate, on the Banking and Debt Finance elective and in Equity and Trusts. She has an additional role in the Manchester centre providing academic support to students with disabilities. She is the Manchester contact for study skills support. Carol was a ten year qualified banking lawyer before she started to teach at the Manchester centre when it opened in 2009.

Jill Robinson
Jill Robinson
Senior Tutor

Jill joined the University in 2009 as a Tutor and became a Senior Tutor and Fellow of The Higher Education Academy in 2012. She has taught a wide range of subjects including Introduction to Professional Practice, Business Law and Private Client on the LPC, Equity and Trusts on the LLB and GDL and Private Client on the Professional Skills Course. Jill is also a Senior Personal Tutor, providing student support and overseeing the role of personal tutors.

Johanna Smallman, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Johanna Smallman
Senior Tutor

Johanna Smallman is a Senior Tutor who joined ULaw in 2018 at the Leeds campus and transferred to Manchester campus in 2021.

Danielle Damm
Danielle Damm
Tutor

Danielle was called to the Bar in 2007, and after completing an LLM (with a focus on Public International Law) in 2008, she was awarded a Sir Joseph Priestly scholarship by Inner Temple to undertake an internship with a defence team at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague. She completed a common law pupillage in 2011, eventually practising mainly in civil law. She is an ATC (Advocacy Training Council) accredited advocacy tutor.

Amy Hodgson, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Amy Hodgson
Tutor

Amy has taught Family Law and Practice on the LPC, as well as Family Law on the undergraduate LLB course since 2018. She is also Head of LLB Year 2. Amy studied Law at the University of Bristol before completing the LPC with ULaw. She undertook her training contract at Irwin Mitchell in the Bristol office before qualifying as a catastrophic personal injury lawyer at the same firm. She specialised in multi-track RTA, employers’ liability and occupiers’ liability claims.

Katie Craven, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Katie Craven
Tutor

Katie joined the University of Law’s Manchester campus in November 2018. She teaches Tort on the GDL and LLB and Employment Law on the LPC. Katie is also Head of the GDL Part-time Weekend cohort and a personal tutor. Prior to joining the University of Law, Katie completed the GDL and the LPC at the then, College of Law in 2009 and 2010. She undertook her training contract at Brabners LLP and qualified as a specialist employment lawyer at Shoosmiths LLP.

Laura Chandler
Tutor

Laura studied Law (LLB) at the University of Liverpool before completing her LPC and securing a training contract at a medium sized Manchester firm. Prior to joining the University in August 2019, Laura worked in private practice and for several local authorities as a locum solicitor for almost 8 years, specialising in Child and Family law. In her role as Tutor at the Manchester Campus, Laura teaches Dispute Resolution on the LPC programme.

Lisa Mann
Tutor

Prior to her academic career, Lisa worked in Operations, Marketing and Strategy in the food retail and social media sectors. Lisa moved into teaching in 2008 and has taught across a variety of cohorts specialising

Susannah Boubaker
Tutor

Susannah qualified as a Solicitor in 2013 and worked for two High Street Firms, specialising in Family Law, with a specific focus on complex cases involving Domestic Abuse. Susannah also spent time working within the Wills and Probate department and the Costs Department. Whilst in practise, Susannah continued to provide training for numerous external organisations and members of the public in relation to Family Law (specifically on Children, Domestic Abuse, Forced Marriage and FGM). In addition, Susannah was an active Board member for Safety4Sisters, a group campaigning for the rights of women with insecure immigration status, who are impacted by Domestic Abuse.

Rachel Eley
Tutor

Rachel joined the University in October 2019. She studied Law at the University of Leicester, before completing the LPC at the College of Law in Birmingham. Prior to joining the University, Rachel worked in private practice for around 15 years, specialising in Private Client work, including Wills, tax planning, Lasting Powers of Attorney, administering estates, setting up and administering trusts, advice relating to care fees and a small amount of Court of Protection work. Rachel has specialised in advising high net worth clients, small business owners and has been involved in a number of cross-border estate matters. Rachel qualified as a specialist Trusts and Estates Practitioner (TEP), following the successful completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Trusts and Estates in July 2019. As a result of the completion of this Diploma, she is also a full member of STEP (the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners).

Lottie Dodd, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Lottie Dodd
Tutor

Lottie joined the University of Law’s Manchester campus in February 2020, having previously taught as a Visiting Lecturer in Chester. Prior to joining the University of Law, Lottie studied Law at the University of Liverpool, before completing the LPC (part-time) at the (then) College of Law. She undertook her training contract at Pannone LLP before moving to Hill Dickinson LLP upon qualification.

Richard Fong, Tutor at The University of Law
Richard Fong
Tutor

Richard joined the University of Law’s Manchester campus in May 2020. Previously, Richard studied Law at the University of Leeds, before completing the LPC and qualifying as a solicitor in 2011. Richard worked in private practice for 12 years, progressing to Legal Director level and specialising in Civil Litigation. In his role as Tutor, Richard teaches on both our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Sohail Nazar, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Sohail Nazar
Tutor

Sohail comes from a science background having graduated from King’s College London, University of London. He later re-trained and qualified as a Solicitor in 2007. He is a keen advocate and has spent most of his legal career practising in Courts and Tribunals. His most recent role was with the CPS as a Crown Prosecutor in which he prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases right across the full spectrum of Criminal Law. He holds a particular interest in Domestic Violence and Hate Crime. He is passionate about the law and providing students with a stimulating academic experience whilst equipping them with the right practical skills to be successful in the real world. He teaches across both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Helen Creanor, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Helen Creanor
Tutor

Helen qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and has over 11 years’ experience working in three different High Street and specialist family law firms in Milton Keynes and in Manchester. Helen specialised in children law and has extensive experience representing children and parents in complex care proceedings and adoption matters. In practice Helen was a member of the Law Society Children Panel and regularly represented both parents and children in court. In her role at the University of law Helen will be teaching across the cohorts and in particular the Family elements.

Mark Hogan, Tutor at The University of Law
Mark Hogan
Tutor

Mark graduated in History from Edinburgh University, before completing the GDL and LPC at The University of Law in Chester. Mark qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and worked in Commercial Real Estate at leading firms in London and Liverpool for 11 years, specialising in retail sector work. He requalified as a teacher in 2018 and spent 2 years teaching History at a secondary school in Liverpool before joining The University of Law in Manchester in 2020. Mark teaches across all courses, with a particular focus on Land Law and Real Estate.

Rowena Leary, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Rowena Leary
Tutor

Rowena joined the University of Law in 2020. She studied English and Latin at the University of Nottingham, before converting to law and qualifying as a solicitor in 2012. After five years in practice at Mills & Reeve LLP, Rowena taught English in Chile before completing an MSc in Educational Psychology at the University of York. Rowena teaches across both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Kellie Cook, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Kellie Cook
Tutor

Kellie joined the University of Law in 2020 after spending over 10 years working as a solicitor in the property department of a high street firm in Lancashire. Kellie specialised in both residential and commercial conveyancing matters. In her role at the University of law Kellie teaches Land Law and Real Estate across all cohorts.

Jennifer Pike, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Jennifer Pike
Tutor

Jennifer studied Law (LLB Hons) at Newcastle University before completing a Masters degree in Health Care Ethics and Law at the University of Manchester. Following completion of the LPC, Jennifer trained at Pannone LLP before moving to Halliwells and then Clyde & Co to specialise in defendant catastrophic injury work. Jennifer worked in private practice for 14 years dealing predominantly with large loss RTA cases. She joined the University of Law’s Manchester campus as a Tutor in December 2020, having previously taught as a Visiting Lecturer. Jennifer teaches on both our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

 Douglas Lloyd, Tutor at The University of Law
Douglas Lloyd
Tutor

Douglas is a barrister and tutor on the Bar Practice Course (BPC). He also teaches on other undergraduate and postgraduate Law courses, inc. GDL, LPC and LLM. His main expertise is in Crime and Regulatory Law, International Law, and Human Rights. Called to the Bar in 2008, Douglas draws upon over a decade of experience at the Bar, where he has prosecuted and defended cases attracting national media coverage. He began his career at leading chambers in London, which included secondments to the CPS and NMC, and also worked in-house for one of the country’s leading Professional Regulatory firms, before joining St John’s Buildings, in Manchester. He has previously undertaken human rights work in Africa and India, and has also lived in South Korea, Turkey and Russia.

James Booth, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
James Booth
Tutor

James is a barrister and tutor on the Bar Practice Course and is the BPC Civil Team Leader. He also teaches Commercial Dispute Resolution on the LPC, as well as contract law and public law at undergraduate level. James oversees the Bar Society and Advocacy Scholars in their organisation of mooting competitions. Called to the Bar in 2006, James was a tenant at 8 King Street and then St John’s Buildings, undertaking commercial / chancery work and also personal injury. James moved in-house with a leading defendant insurance firm, undertaking counter fraud work, including the investigation of complex fraud rings. James additionally has undertaken industrial disease and severe traumatic brain injury work from a claimant perspective. Away from campus, James is a trustee of a charity working to help disadvantaged young people.

Alexandra Dearn, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Alexandra Dearn
Tutor

Alexandra studied Law at Lancaster University before completing her LPC at the University of Law in its first year in Manchester in 2009/2010. Alexandra trained at BLM before moving to Clyde & Co to specialise in defendant occupational disease, predominantly handling asbestos litigation. She joined the Manchester campus as a Tutor in September 2021, teaching tort on the LLB.

Kevin Ratcliffe, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Kevin Ratcliffe
Tutor

Kevin was a police officer for over twenty years. After leaving the police he was managing director of a UK international business in Egypt and then China. He has an LLB in Law and postgraduate qualifications in Philosophy and Theology. Prior to joining the University of Law, Kevin was teaching with the Open University and Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.

Laura Healy, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Laura Healy
Tutor

Laura was called to the Bar in 2011, having previously obtained a masters in Employment Law and an LLB in Law with American Law which saw her spend a year studying at South Texas College of Law in Houston. Laura worked in the public sector before moving into private practice where she specialised in personal Injury. In her role as Tutor, Laura teaches on both our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, predominantly Public and Employment Law.

Shamin Khan, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Shamin Khan
Tutor

Shamin studied Law at Keele University before completing his LPC at The University of Law in 2012/2013. Shamin trained at Napthens LLP before moving to DLA Piper UK LLP upon qualification and then Fieldfisher LLP specialising in banking and restructuring. Shamin teaches on both our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Shamin joined the Manchester campus as a Tutor in September 2021, teaching business law on the LLB and business accounts on the LPC.

Aisling Kiernan, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Aisling Kiernan
Tutor

Aisling studied Law at the University of Central Lancashire, where she also completed her LPC. She began her legal career with a small high street firm which covered several areas of general practice, before undertaking her training contract with a PI firm in Liverpool. She qualified as a solicitor in 2012, specialising in clinical negligence claims on behalf of claimants. She worked at Slater and Gordon Lawyers for 7 years before joining the University of Law’s Manchester campus in 2021. She currently teaches Common Law Method and Ethics on the LLB.

Kate Hammond, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Kate Hammond
Tutor

Kate Hammond studied Marine Ecology at the University of Liverpool, she completed the CPE part time at MMU and the LPC at the College of Law. She qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and was a head of a Personal Injury department. She moved to the Crown Prosecution Service in 2001 as a Senior Crown Prosecutor. She was granted Higher Rights in 2006 and became a Crown Advocate prosecuting in the Crown Courts for the CPS. She was called to the Bar in 2013 by Lincoln’s Inn and moved to the criminal bar, at first joining Central Chambers and latterly Cobden House Chambers in Manchester, where she is still a member. Kate has joined as a tutor mainly covering crime and criminal litigation.

Anya Swift, Tutor at The University of Law Manchester campus
Anya Swift
Tutor

Anya Swift (Horwood) was called to the Bar in 1991 by Inner Temple. In September 1991 Anya joined a Common Law set in Liverpool, 2nd Floor Peel House, which then became 25-27 Castle Street where she specialised in Crime. In 2009 she joined the Crown Prosecution Service as a Senior Crown Advocate and was trial counsel in many of the most serious cases in Liverpool and Cheshire. In 2018 Anya returned to the independent Bar and remains a door tenant at Exchange Chambers. Anya will be teaching criminal skills, criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing on the Bar Practice Course in Liverpool, and criminal modules on other University of Law courses. Away from campus Anya is a Trustee of a Liverpool based charity.