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Under the leadership of Andy Matthews our Campus Dean, 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.

Andy Matthews, Campus Dean at The University of Law Nottingham
Andrew Matthews
Campus Dean

Andy took up the role of Dean of the Nottingham Campus on its opening in May 2019. Previously, he was managing partner of the East Midlands offices of Gateley Plc and a real estate lawyer.

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Helen Turner
Programme and Student Lead for the LPC

After achieving a First Class Law and Management Science degree, and passing the predecessor to the LPC at ULaw, Helen qualified as a solicitor. She worked for several years in private practice, as a commercial litigator, at firms including Hammond Suddards (now Squire Patton Boggs). Helen then moved into legal education, and spent many years teaching at Nottingham Law School, leading their Commercial Litigation module, and teaching across the LPC, GDL and LLb programmes. Helen joined ULaw in 2019, and is the Programme and Student Lead for the LPC, teaching Dispute Resolution on the LPC, and Tort on the LLb. 

Helen Avis, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Nottingham campus
Helen Avis
Senior Tutor

Helen Avis trained as a solicitor in a niche commercial firm in London, gaining wider experience in an established firm in Lincolnshire before moving to Eversheds in Nottingham. Helen became a Senior Associate in the Commercial Property department of Eversheds, dealing with all aspects of real estate and agricultural property for the land owning community. She teaches Real Estate and Professional Practice on the LPC and Public Law on the GDL.

Louise Benski, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Nottingham campus
Louise Benski
Senior Tutor

Louise Benski looks forward to bringing her experience teaching the Legal Practice Course at our Manchester Campus to her new Nottingham students. She read Jurisprudence at Oxford and trained at a US law firm in London, practising as an Employment Lawyer at  Actons in Nottingham and in Fishfielder LLP's London and Manchester offices. Louise currently teaches the Business Law and Practice, Introduction to Professional Practice and Employment Law modules on the LPC.

Donna Jeays, Tutor at The University of Law Nottingham campus
Donna Jeays

Donna has significant experience in both legal practice and in teaching. She graduated from Aberystwyth University with a BA (Hons) in Law and then went to Cardiff University Law School to complete her LPC. Donna trained in London and practised family and matrimonial law in Nottinghamshire for a number of years before moving into teaching, obtaining her PGCE from Nottingham Trent University. She has taught a wide range of topics, including Criminal, Tort, Family and the English Legal System.

Mohammad Abdullah, Tutor at The University of Law Nottingham campus
Mohammad Abdullah

Mohammad read Law at the University of Leicester and thereafter completed the LPC part-time at ULaw. He worked for over 5 years as a fee earner before qualifying at Shoosmiths in 2017. He joined Anthony Collins Solicitors later that year in the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Department. Mohammad joined The University of Law in 2019 and teaches on the LLB, GDL and LPC.

Kamran Abdullah

After graduating with a 1st Class in Law and a Distinction in the LPC, Kamran went on to train at Eversheds Sutherland. On qualification Kamran practised both domestically and internationally as a Project Finance and Construction Solicitor as well as a generalist Commercial lawyer before joining the University of Law as a lecturer specialising in Commercial and Contract Law.

Harriet Pearce, Tutor at The University of Law Nottingham campus
Harriet Pearce

Harriet studied Law with South East Asian Law at the University of Nottingham before doing a legal internship at Rolls Royce PLC and completing the LPC at Kaplan Law School. She completed her training contract at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP and then practised as a dispute resolution solicitor for four years at Rosling King LLP. Harriet joined The University of Law in 2019 and teaches Dispute Resolution and other modules on the LPC and GDL.

Nicole Topham

Nicole completed her LLB (Hons International) in 2004 and her Legal Practice Course in 2006. Nicole has over ten years of experience working within the field of commercial litigation and acting on behalf of various departments of the UK government as an advisor and litigator. Her experience includes transposing EU law into UK legislation, drafting legislation, litigating multi-party, media noteworthy commercial and other cases relating to personal injury, clinical negligence, breach of contract, restitution and judicial review. Nicole joined The University of Law as a Visiting Lecturer in 2018 and became a full-time Tutor in 2019.