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The Online Campus, led by Campus Dean Carol Draycott, has two distinct but complimentary faculties: The Law School and The Business School, working alongside each other to provide a wide range of law and business courses and excellent online tuition, whatever your ambitions. Our dedicated tutors are all industry professionals using their real-life backgrounds together with their online teaching expertise, to ensure you receive the very best online learning experience preparing you for the next step in your chosen career. In addition to your subject tutors you will also be assigned a personal tutor who is on hand to help guide you through the course.

Carol Draycott, Campus Dean at The University of Law Chester and Online campus
Carol Draycott
Campus Dean

Carol qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and specialised in Litigation and Family law. She joined The University of Law in 1990 as a tutor and gained a PGCHE in 2001; became a Deputy Director in 2006 and in 2008 became an Associate Professor. In 2010 Carol became Campus Dean in Chester. In 2016 Carol became of Head of Working with Others, whilst retaining her role as Campus Dean. Carol supervises Tort on the i-GDL and Personal Injury on the i-LPC.

Konstantinos Samiotis, Online Programmes Director, Business School at ULaw Online campus
Konstantinos Samiotis
Online Programme Director - Business School

Dr. Konstantinos Samiotis is known for his knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm for online business and management education and learning. He has taken various academic and professional roles in international academic environments which have enable him to understand higher education dynamics and their digital transformation in modern times. He has worked for the development of learning models that take advantage of online technologies while meeting the needs of online students. His work concentrates on new strategies to address the boundaries of online enablements through the lens of technology-minded audiences, technology-driven education and the technological artifacts.

Susan Evans, LPC Programme & Student Lead at The University of Law Chester and Online campus
Susan Evans
i-LLB Programme & Student Lead

Susan has been involved in the design and delivery of legal education courses for over 20 years, having qualified as a solicitor in 1988. Her main areas of expertise are Criminal and Employment law. Sue sat as a fee-paid judge at the Employment Tribunal from 2010 to 2014 and is regularly involved in the design and delivery of new and innovative courses. She is looking forward to providing tutor support to you as you begin your studies.

Raury Mason, GDL/MA Law Programme & Student Lead at The University of Law Chester and Online campus
Raury Mason
GDL/MA Law Programme & Student Lead

Raury qualified as a solicitor in 2005, having studied the LPC at The University of Law’s Chester Campus. He was a Commercial and Property Litigation specialist, handling complex disputes in the First Tier Tribunal Property Chamber, County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. Before joining ULaw, Raury was Head of Debt Recovery at a large law firm in Manchester. Raury joined ULaw in 2017 and teaches business law subjects on the LLB, GDL and LPC.

Kate Smith, Online Programme & Student Lead at ULaw Online campus
Kate Smith
Online Programme & Student Lead

Kate graduated with an MA in English Literature from Cambridge University before completing the GDL. She practised first as a barrister and then a solicitor, primarily in the health care regulatory sector. She's also a qualified commercial mediator (CEDR). Kate taught Tort for many years at BPP University, both face to face and online and was module leader for the LLB, GDL and LLM courses. She has also taught, among other things, Criminal law and English Legal Systems, plus Medical Law and Ethics and Mental Health Law at the University of Westminster. She is an external scrutiniser for CILEx is currently writing a book on Tort Law. Kate designed the Mental Health Law Masters module at ULaw and co-designed the Medical Law and Ethics module. She also writes fiction and her first novel, The Negligents, was published by Valley Press in 2018.

John Roberts, LPC Programme & Student Lead at ULaw Online campus
John Roberts
LPC Programme & Student Lead

John qualified as a Solicitor in 2008, having studied the GDL and LPC at The University of Law’s Chester Campus. After qualifying, he worked in private practice and specialised in commercial property and planning at Hill Dickinson’s Liverpool Office. He joined BPP as an LPC and GDL tutor in 2014 and became the LPC Programme Leader at its Manchester and Liverpool Centres in 2016. John joined The University of Law’s Online Campus as LPC Programme & Student Lead in September 2020 and currently supervises Business Law and Practice and Real Estate on the LPC. His teaching experience also includes Solicitors’ Accounts, Professional Conduct and Regulation, Advocacy and Advanced Real Estate on the LPC and Equity & Trusts on the GDL.

Karen Watts, Senior Tutor and Teaching Fellow at The University of Law Chester, Moorgate and Online campus
Karen Watts
LPC and SQE Programme and Student Leads

Karen is the Programme and Student Lead for the Online LPC and holds a Masters degree in Law. She trained and qualified with Kennedys before joining Fieldfisher (then Field Fisher Waterhouse), both firms based in the City of London. Her practice area is Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution. She has taught on the GDL, LPC, and, prior to her current appointment she held the position of Course Leader for MA Law at the Moorgate Campus.

Anne Dyne, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Chester and Online campus
Anne Dyne
Senior Tutor

Anne qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and joined the Crown Prosecution Service in Merseyside where she trained as a Youth Court Specialist. She became a Senior Crown Prosecutor in 1990, working cases at both the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts. Anne joined ULaw in 2001 and teaches Dispute Resolution and Advanced Criminal Practice on the LPC, Crime and Ethics on the GDL and primarily Crime on the LLB. Anne is also a shareholder and company secretary in Dyne Solicitors Ltd.

Heather Eadsforth, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Chester and Online campus
Heather Eadsforth
Senior Tutor

Heather qualified in 1979 and worked in private practice, specialising in Civil Litigation and Family Law. She joined ULaw in 1982, teaching a wide range of subjects. She serves as a Magistrate in the adult court and is also a Family Judge in the Family Court in Liverpool. Heather also has experience as a Lay Manager for a mental hospital in North Wales, all of which has greatly enhanced what she brings to the classroom.

Carl Price, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Chester and Online campus
Carl Price
Senior Tutor

Carl Price is a solicitor who qualified in 1999 and worked in private practice specialising in Commercial Litigation. Carl joined The University of Law in 2002 as a tutor and continued his areas of practice in the classroom teaching Litigation, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Tort. In 2005 Carl gained a PGCHE and became a Senior Tutor. Carl is the designer and Module Lead for the GDL Tort module.

Tamzin Twohy, Senior Tutor at ULaw Online campus
Tamzin Twohy
Senior Tutor

Tamzin Twohy is a senior tutor for the Online Campus. Tamzin graduated from Oxford University with a double first in Jurisprudence and obtained a distinction on the LPC at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice. She trained at Slaughter and May and went on to join Eversheds. After leaving private practice, Tamzin joined the University and was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has taught on the LPC, GDL, LLM and PSC, with her main interests being in Corporate and Commercial Law.

Sarah Roberts, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Chester and Online campus
Sarah Roberts
Senior Tutor

Sarah Roberts is a Solicitor who qualified in 2009, having studied the LPC at the University of Law’s Chester campus (then the College of Law), and worked in Private Practice specialising in Personal Injury. Sarah trained at a specialist Personal Injury firm before moving to Weightmans in Liverpool. Sarah joined the University in 2018 as a tutor, where she currently teaches Business Law Practice, Law and Business, Solicitors Accounts and Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence on the LPC as well as Tort on the online LLB and GDL programmes. Sarah is joint module lead for the Business Law and Practice course, University wide, and subject lead at our Chester, Liverpool and Online campuses. Sarah became a senior tutor and FHEA in 2020, and is currently working towards her PGCHE.

Sarah Hayes, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Chester and Online campus
Sarah Hayes
Senior Tutor

Sarah is an alumna of ULaw and qualified as solicitor in 2013. She specialised in Family Law, winning a national award during her time in practice, and was personally mentioned in the Legal 500 twice for her work in this area. Sarah has been an active member of Resolution, having previously served on its national Domestic Abuse Committee. Sarah became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2020 and her primary subjects are Dispute Resolution, Crime, Human Rights and Family, which she teaches across the LLB and LPC programmes. Sarah is also a trustee for a local charitable organisation.

Orla Gillet, Tutor at ULaw Online campus
Orla Gillet
Senior Tutor

Orla is a Senior Tutor and joined the University in 2014, first teaching at the Manchester Campus before transferring to ULaw Online in 2020. She teaches across all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with a primary focus on Employment Law, Public Law, Introduction to Professional Practice and Actions. Prior to joining the University, Orla worked as a specialist employer lawyer within a number of international law firms providing advice across the full spectrum of employment law ranging from employee relation matters to contentious Employment Tribunal work. Orla was admitted as a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy in 2017.

Sian Spencer, Senior Tutor at ULaw Online campus
Sian Spencer
Senior Tutor

Sian graduated with an MA (hons) from the University of Edinburgh before going on to study the GDL and LPC with the University of Law (then College of Law). She spent her formative post-qualification years working with Eversheds in their Commercial Litigation team. Subsequently, Sian went on to specialise in Commercial and Civil Litigation, spending 11 years in private practice as a solicitor and earning recognition in the Legal 500 for her Property Litigation expertise. In 2017 Sian left private practice and started teaching in Higher Education, becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2019 Sian won an award for Innovation in Teaching. Sian's main teaching interests are Litigation, Advocacy, Contract/Commercial and Tort law.

Alison Smith, Senior Tutor at The University of Law Chester and Online campus
Alison Smith
Senior Tutor

Alison Smith is a non-practising solicitor. She joined the University of Law in 1987 and has taught a number of subjects. In 2001 Alison gained a PGCHE. She was appointed an Associate Professor in 2007 became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Alison has designed and developed a significant number of course materials, assessments and manuals in particular for Contract Law (GDL, MA Law, LLB and SQE). Alison has also held a number of external appointments including a consultant on Consumer Law for BBC Watchdog and External Examiner roles.

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

Louise Benski teaches on the LPC, LLB Law and now SQE1 preparatory course at the Online Campus, bringing to her students a wealth of experience from both the Nottingham and Manchester Campuses, where she previously taught. She read Jurisprudence at The University of Oxford and trained at a US law firm in London, later practising as an Employment Lawyer in Nottingham and at Fieldfisher LLP's London and Manchester offices. Louise currently teaches Business Law and Employment Law modules and is a fellow of Advance HE (Higher Education Academy).

Amanda Braden, Tutor at ULaw Online campus
Amanda Braden

Amanda joined ULaw after 20 years in global Human Resources and Business Executive Director roles. With experience of the pharmaceutical, engineering, and professional services sectors she has worked in UK, Europe, US, and Asia. She has led companies to business success with accreditation in Sunday Times Best Companies Top 100 and Investors in People Gold Award with World Class people practices recognition. MSc qualified in Organisation Development, Coaching and Leadership and HRM, Amanda also holds a BSc Occupational Psychology and Careers Guidance. She holds a range of qualifications in Business Management. She also continues to work as a Human Resources consultant and business writer. Her passions and projects are in Employee Engagement and relations, Organisation restructuring and design, Global Talent Acquisition and Development. Part of the Business School team in ULaw, Amanda is a Tutor in the module on Performance Management and Reward.

Beverley Brierley, Tutor at The University of Law Chester and Online campus
Beverley Brierley

Beverley qualified as a solicitor in 1995. She has spent over 20 years as a family law practitioner in Manchester and Cheshire. Beverley started as a Visiting Lecturer in 2008 while still in practice. In addition to Family Law, she teaches Public Law on the GDL and Real Estate on the LPC course as well as supervising online students on the LLB, GDL and LPC. Beverley also continues to practise as a mediator.

Peter Mellody, Tutor at The University of Law Chester and Online campus
Peter Mellody

Peter qualified as a solicitor in 2003, having studied the GDL at The University of Law’s Chester Campus. As an Employment Lawyer and Commercial Litigator he acted for commercial clients and several English Football League Clubs. He also managed several mid tear law firm Personal Injury Departments. Peter joined The University of Law in 2017 and now primarily teaches Litigation, Employment Law and Crime subjects on the LLB, GDL and LPC.

Melanie Laithwaite, Tutor at The University of Law Chester, Moorgate and Online campus
Melanie Laithwaite

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.

Alex Mason, Tutor at ULaw Online campus
Alex Mason

Having completed her training contract at Hill Dickinson LLP, Alex joined its Corporate team where she worked for a further seven years. Following a year at Chester based commercial firm, Walker Smith Way Limited, Alex moved to Knights PLC where she worked in the Corporate team for five years, primarily carrying out M&A transactional work. Alex worked as an Associate Academic at Ulaw before joining as a Tutor in 2020. Alex teaches and supervises on a number of ULaw courses and is a Personal Tutor, where she provides pastoral care for students studying remotely.

Gemma Tattersall, Tutor at ULaw
Gemma Tattersall

Prior to joining the University of Law, Gemma worked in Family Law, specialising in Children matters. She also has experience in Private Client departments. Gemma obtained an undergraduate degree in English Literature before she decided to pursue law. She then attended the University of Law and completed her Graduate Diploma in Law and Law Practice Course with Masters. Gemma joined ULaw as a tutor in 2019 and she currently teaches Introduction to Professional Practice and Private Client on the LPC, as well as Tort on both the GDL and LLB.

Hannah Lawley, Tutor at ULaw Online campus
Hannah Lawley

Hannah qualified as a corporate solicitor at Mills & Reeve LLP in 2012. Renowned for managing fast paced volume acquisition profiles, Hannah also built up an expertise in general private M&A work, IPOs, corporate restructures, shareholder agreements, investment and PE work and compliance and corporate governance. Hannah joined ULaw in August 2020 and is an LPC tutor for both the online and Norwich campuses.

Rachel Collins, Tutor at ULaw Online campus
Rachel Collins

Rachel qualified and began practicing as a corporate and governance solicitor at Trowers & Hamlins LLP in 2016, having undertaken her training contract at a London Borough Local Authority. Having spent her time as a solicitor at Trowers & Hamlins LLP working on large corporate mergers between charitable housing associations and providing governance advice to a wide range of charitable and public sector bodies, Rachel joined the Housing Development team at Capsticks LLP in 2019 where she continued to provide corporate governance and charity law advice to a wide range of clients, and also assisted on large commercial transactions for public bodies. Rachel joined ULaw in November 2020 and teaches on a number of ULaw courses including Real Estate on the LPC, and is a Personal Tutor where she provides pastoral care for the online students. Rachel originally studied law at the University of Liverpool, and also has an LLM in Gender, Sexuality and the Law which she studied in her spare time prior to commencing her training contract.

Caroline Casey, Tutor at ULaw Online campus
Caroline Casey

Caroline earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Bradford, thereafter completing the GDL and LPC, qualifying as a solicitor in 2007 and specialising in real estate and insolvency. Caroline recently completed her PhD at the University of York and has published on issues of inequalities in access to the solicitors’ profession. Caroline holds an external research position with the social mobility charity, the Bridge Group, and is a member of the Society of Legal Scholars, the Socio-legal Studies Association, and the Society for Research into Higher Education. At ULaw she teaches a range of subjects on the GDL, MA Law, LLB, LLM and LPC. Caroline is an associate fellow of the higher education academy.

Julie Farrer, Tutor at ULaw Online campus
Julie Farrer

Julie qualified as a solicitor in 1988. She spent two years in private practice in the Midlands, specialising in civil litigation and family, before joining the legal department at Central Television in Birmingham. Julie later obtained a BSc and MSc in psychology from the University of Warwick. Julie then trained as a family mediator and achieved accreditation from the Family Mediation Council in 2017. Julie started teaching in Higher Education in 2019 and combines teaching with family mediation. Julie is a Personal Tutor and teaches on the Online LPC.