Legal Careers Workshop

Legal Careers Workshop – Meet the Tutors

At BPP University Law School, our focus is to help you secure that all-important training contract. To see what a leading university law school has to offer, book your place now for our Legal Careers Workshop on 20 July in London and see why we’re trusted by some of UK’s biggest law firms.

You’ll receive a wealth of career and professional insights from a number of law firms, qualified solicitors and trainees alongside our tutors, pro bono and careers staff. This gives you the opportunity to enhance your legal CV ahead of any postgraduate law studies and gain a competitive edge over other aspiring law candidates.

Our tutors are qualified solicitors who either currently practice or have previous professional experience with UK law firms. These include boutique, magic circle, commercial solicitors, niche service firms and high street names. This means you’ll be connected with the right people for whatever type of lawyer you want to be.

Claire Barrand
Previously: Eversheds, Pinsent Masons, AOL International

Claire qualified as a solicitor in 2000, and worked both in private practice and in house, where she became Assistant General Counsel for an international media and technology company, via national firms. She started teaching at BPP University Law School in 2015, and is part of the Business Law & Practice teaching team, as well as being a module leader for Media & Entertainment Law.

Sarah Burr
Previously: PWC Legal, Mills & Reeve, Forsters

Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 2002, working on a broad range of commercial property matters including landlord and tenant asset management work, site acquisitions and disposals on behalf of developers, property companies and institutional investors. Sarah joined BPP University Law School in 2008 and has taught across various LPC programmes.

Gill Davy
Previous: Clifford Chance LLP, Eversheds

After studying Law at Oxford University, Gill qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and spent 13 years working in magic circle and top City law firms, with a number of those years spent on secondment in Dubai. Gill specialised in employment law, commercial litigation and arbitration and joined BPP University Law School to teach Civil Litigation, Advanced Commercial Litigation and several skills modules on the Legal Practice Course. Whilst in practice Gill enjoyed mentoring trainee and junior lawyers, and now acts as personal tutor to a range of existing students.

Andrew Levy
Previously: Fladgate, Elborne Mitchell

Andrew qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and worked for over 11 years as an insurance litigation solicitor at the niche insurance city firm of Elborne Mitchell. He joined BPP University Law School at the beginning of 2002, where he has ever since been regaling his students with a mixture of war stories and bad jokes, all with a view to helping them understand civil litigation and advanced commercial litigation a little better.

Caroline Lister
Previously: Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Caroline joined BPP University Law School in 2011. Prior to that, she was a Senior Associate at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP in their Real Estate department. During her time in practice, Caroline went on a number of secondments including Burberry and Schroders Investment Management. Caroline is the Programme Leader for Clifford Chance LLM Commercial Practice and she teaches Property Law and Practice on the LPC. She also conducts interviews and runs careers-focused skills workshops for GDL and LPC students.

Anne-Marie Lynch
Previously: Edwards Duthie, Sternberg Reed

Anne-Marie qualified as a solicitor in 1998. She is a general criminal litigation specialist and before pursuing a career in higher education, worked at leading criminal legal aid firms, undertaking both defence and prosecution work. Anne-Marie teaches criminal litigation and advanced criminal litigation on the LPC at BPP and is joint head of student welfare.

Mark Higgins
Current Chambers: Harcourt Chambers

Mark was called to the bar in 2005 and spent six years practising full time as a barrister specialising in family and civil law. Joining BPP in September 2011, he combines roles as a senior lecturer on BPP’s LLB and GDL programmes and a door tenant in chambers. In addition to Mark’s core responsibilities with BPP’s academic programmes, he has also taught advocacy and the family law elective on the LPC. He is a registered advocacy trainer of pupil barristers with the Inner Temple. Mark is also part of BPP’s careers service, chiefly responsible for bar-related activities. He is known for his tough yet comprehensive approach to mock interviews and has mentored many students through the complex transition from study to employment. He is a BPP Fellow and also a Fellow of the Higher education Academy.

Rob Hiscocks
Previously: Bond Dickinson

Rob was a practicing solicitor for 10 years, working with Bond Dickinson in Plymouth, specialising in Personal Injury and Criminal Law. Since 2001, he has taught Tort and Criminal Law at BPP University on both the Undergraduate LLB and the Graduate Diploma in Law. He is also a Senior Programme Leader for the GDL and LLB.

Jonny Hurst
Previously: Rooks Rider, DMH Stallard

Jonny qualified as a solicitor in 1991, ending up as a partner specialising in commercial property in the City of London office of a mid-size firm. He changed direction in 2007 when he joined BPP University Law School, where he is now part of the LPC Senior Management team. Jonny has run applications, interviews and careers-focused skills workshops at most universities in London and the south east of England, drawing upon his extensive experience from practice and his work at BPP. In addition, he has assisted a number of top law firm design and run assessment centres. Jonny mentors a number of existing and former students who are now in practice, several of whom provided quotations for Jonny’s book ‘Becoming a Lawyer’ which was published in 2013.

Jacqui Skovron
Previously: Berwin Leighton Paisner, Allen & Overy, Brecher, IBB

Jacqui qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and has worked in large City firms and smaller boutique property firms focusing on property development work for major supermarkets, house-builders and property developers. She has worked in-house for a property developer in London and for an asset management company acquiring investment properties for institutional investors. She has also worked as a professional support lawyer. Jacqui joined BPP in 2016 where she is now a lecturer on the Property Law and Practice module and the Advanced Commercial Property module.

Elena Solaro
Previously: Taylor Wessing LLP, Lawrence Graham LLP (now part of Gowling WLG)

Elena qualified as a solicitor in 2009, working up to senior associate at a large international law firm in the City of London and specialising in commercial real estate and real estate finance. She joined BPP University Law School in January 2015 and is now Deputy Programme Leader for the GDL Programme at London Waterloo. She is an active participant in careers activities at London Waterloo, regularly conducting mock interviews and assessment centres and assisting students with application forms.

Junior Stewart
Previously: Tuckers Solicitors

With over 18 years of criminal defence practice, Junior has dealt with a broad range of cases including sexual offences, serious fraud, drug trafficking, money laundering, assaults and road traffic matters. He joined BPP in 2007 and has taught Criminal Litigation and Advanced Criminal Litigation. He still maintains his practicing certificate and his status as a duty solicitor. With his extensive links into practice he has been able to introduce students to various firms for work placements, many of whom have since obtained training contracts, at firms such as Tuckers, Hodge Jones and Allen and Kingsley Napley.

Helen Waller
Previously: Glovers Solicitors LLP

Helen qualified as a solicitor in 2001 with a West End Law firm and became an associate, specialising in property and professional negligence litigation and then property finance. During that time Helen mentored a number of trainee solicitors in the firm. Helen joined BPP University Law School in 2015 and currently teaches Land law on the Graduate Diploma in Law course at Waterloo. Helen’s responsibilities include being a personal tutor to students and providing them with advice on further study and job applications.

It’s not too late to register for our essential Legal Careers Workshop – book your place today.


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