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Under the leadership of Helen Avis 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.

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

Helen Avis was a Senior Associate in the Commercial Property department of Eversheds Sutherland before joining Nottingham Law School. Helen was the module lead for LLB Land Law and co-lead of a final year skills based module Path to Professional Practice (PPP). Helen was involved in the design for LPC, PPP and the creation of a PD training course for newly qualified property lawyers for two local law firms. Helen was the Course Leader for LLB Law with Business and LLB International Law. Since joining ULaw in August 2019, Helen taught Land Law across LLB and GDL/MA plus Real Estate on LPC. In February 2020, Helen became the National Lead for GDL/MA Land Law and wrote the SQE Legal Essentials manual for Land Law together with the associated module. Helen became the PSL for MA/GDL in September 2020 before taking up the role of Campus Dean in June 2021.

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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. 

Dessy Ohanians, Academic Resources and Quality Manager (Business School)
Dessy Ohanians
Academic Resources and Quality Manager (Business School)

Dessy has a BSc (Hons) in Business Administration from Huron University and MSc in Data Analytics and Marketing from Arden University. She has worked in education for over 25 year first as an entrepreneur and then as a managing director of a charity. Dessy transitioned to Higher Education management when she became a managing director of London School of Business and Finance Executive Education in 2014 and subsequently also took on the role of an interim CEO of the London Academy of Trading. Dessy is currently undertaking a PhD study with the University of Worcester Business School researching the topic of applications of artificial intelligence in the field of Marketing.

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.

Imogen Hamblin, Tutor at The University of Law Nottingham
Imogen Hamblin

Imogen is a Tutor who teaches across the LLB, GDL, BPC and LPC programmes, with interests in commercial law, employment and human rights. Imogen trained as a barrister in 2009 and is a member of the Inner Temple. She cross-qualified to a solicitor in 2015 working as an Employment Lawyer and Tribunal Advocate. Imogen specialises in human rights and therefore has developed her practice supporting minority groups in discrimination and high-profile whistleblowing claims. In addition to her legal work, Imogen is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. She is also the LGBT+ representative on the Committee of the Law Society.