David Amos has been at The City Law School since June 2013. He was initially the Director of Legal Practice, then Associate Dean (External Engagement) and is now an Associate Professor. David qualified as a solicitor in 1993 practising mainly in the field of Civil Litigation. David retains his practicing certificate as he supervises a legal advice clinic at City. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Islington People's Rights. David has also occupied a number of positions for the Solicitors Regulation Authority and in particular was a member of the working party which designed the Outcomes for the LPC.
Becca Crump has worked as lecturer at Cardiff University since 2009. She is the Deputy Course Leader on the LPC and subject leader in Criminal Litigation and Advocacy on the LPC and subject leader in Criminal Law on the Graduate Diploma in Law. She also teaches Employment Law on the LPC and Trial Advocacy, Submission Advocacy and Conference Skills on the Bar Training Course. Becca is the external examiner in Criminal Litigation at BPP University and has previously held a similar post at the University of the West of England. She also works with the Bar Standards Board as an external assessor, standard setter and question writer.
Becca graduated from the University of Westminster in 2000 and trained as a solicitor with leading London criminal defence firm, Sonn Macmillan Walker qualifying in 2004. She continued to practise as a Criminal Defence Solicitor, conducting cases at the most serious level until 2020.
Jason Ellis is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Trent University. He originally qualified as a solicitor and practised corporate law in Manchester before his career in legal education. Jason has extensive teaching experience, having taught on various LLB, LLM and LPC programmes. He has also acted as an LPC external examiner for Business Law at three separate institutions and held the role of the Law Society’s Chief External Examiner for Commercial Electives. Jason’s research interests are in corporate and insolvency law, and he is co-author of the LPC manual Business Law (published by OUP).
Marsha Francis is a non-practising solicitor, having worked for large US corporations as commercial legal counsel prior to becoming a lecturer at the University of Law over ten years ago. During her time at the University of Law, she was the team lead for legal writing and acquisitions and group structures. She also assessed and designed courses for post-graduate learners and became a fellow of higher education. She delivers training for the Professional Development Department at the University of Law, focusing on professional conduct and the financial services sector. Marsha was responsible for designing course materials (including multiple choice exam questions) and delivering a series of online lectures for international lawyers intending to sit the QLTS tests for a US legal education provider.
Martin Hannibal is a barrister (currently non-practising) and has extensive experience of teaching, examining, and managing criminal litigation and advanced criminal practice on undergraduate and professional programmes, including the LPC. He is a co-author on the LPC manual Criminal Litigation (published by OUP) as well as published texts on the law of evidence, annual updates in civil and criminal procedure and evidence, road traffic law, law for social workers and civil and criminal procedure. In addition to working extensively in the UK, Martin has wide experience of teaching in Hong Kong and training lawyers in the Caribbean. Martin has also authored a wide range of professional training manuals for the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Law Society, the Institute for Legal Executives and the Department of Work and Pensions as well as developing and leading training courses for these organizations.
As the SRA's Chief External Assessor for Criminal Litigation and Evidence, Martin was closely involved in the initial stages of development of the SQE. Martin was also an advisor to ILEX in their successful application to the Lord Chancellor's Department for the extension of rights of audience for ILEX members.
Roiya Hodgson has practised as a solicitor for over 10 years in several firms, specializing in family law. She is now a solicitor and academic tutor at the University of Sunderland, teaching and supervising students on the Legal Practice Course and within the Sunderland Student Law Clinic. Roiya is module leader for family law in practice and employment law in practice. Roiya is also co-author of the LPC manual Family Law (published by OUP).
Edward Iredale joined The City Law School in June 2003. His teaching on the LPC includes civil and criminal litigation, advocacy, interviewing and advising, practical legal research, commercial dispute resolution and advanced civil litigation. He is the co-ordinator of the LPC with LLM. On the LLB he has taught English legal system and legal skills. Edward qualified and practised as a solicitor at Taylor Wessing (when Taylor Joynson Garrett) before spending 10 years as a civil litigator in private practice.
He has been an external examiner at London Metropolitan University and is currently an external examiner at the University of Staffordshire. He worked for CILEx on their civil litigation professional practice module for a number of years. Edward is a member of the Law Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Sally Ireland is a barrister with law degrees from the University of Cambridge (MA Hons) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LLM Human Rights Law). She was called in 2002 and practised criminal law at Red Lion Chambers in London before joining the law reform organisation JUSTICE, where she was JUSTICE’s Director of Criminal Justice Policy until 2011. She is also an experienced writer and editor, having published articles in The Journal of Criminal Law (SAGE) amongst others.
Byron Jones is Head of Professional Legal Studies at Cardiff University, and was for many years course leader for the Legal Practice Course. He has over 25 years’ teaching experience on the LPC, GDL and LLB. He is a qualified solicitor, having specialised in private client work in private practice, and teaches a range of related subjects, including wills, probate and administration, equity and trusts, and solicitors' accounts. He has extensive experience as an external examiner, has undertaken periodic reviews and other consultancy work for other universities, and has held various advisory roles, including as a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's SQE Reference Group. He is a director of the Central Applications Board Limited, is a member of the Law Society’s Wills and Equity Committee, and sits on the council of Cardiff and District Law Society.
Claire Lawrence is a non-practising solicitor and an Associate Professor at the University of Law. After some years in commercial practice, she joined the University of Law and has over ten years’ experience of teaching, examining and assessing in Higher Education. Whilst at the University of Law, Claire led the LPC teaching team for business law and practice at the London Moorgate campus and has been responsible for writing both multiple choice questions and written question examinations taken by post graduate learners. In particular, Claire was the national LPC course designer and examiner of Acquisitions and Group Structures, an elective module on the LPC. Claire has also been responsible for reviewing assessments taken by trainee solicitors on the Professional Skills Course, and subsequently drafting assessments and marking schemes to assess whether learners have met the standard required by the SRA.
Jonathan McGahan is a non-practising solicitor, having worked as Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, and also as a defence solicitor within the field of corporate crime for a leading Legal 500 firm. He has been a senior lecturer for the past nine years, currently at Manchester Metropolitan University and is a fellow of the higher education academy. Jonathan is the module leader for criminal law and teaches on the law of evidence module, taking a prominent role in both teaching and curriculum development.
Lisa Mountford is a non-practising solicitor and Senior Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with extensive experience of teaching criminal law, criminal evidence, criminal litigation and advocacy to undergraduate and LPC students. She is currently a Teaching Fellow of Criminal Law at Keele University, having previously taught at Staffordshire University and at King’s College London. Lisa is also co-author of the long-established and highly regarded LPC manual Criminal Litigation (published by OUP).
Catherine Neary is a former solicitor with more than 40 years’ experience in private practice, specializing in family law and costs. With a law degree from the University of Manchester, Catherine qualified as a solicitor in 1978 and practised in all aspects of family law within a large firm. She has provided professional support services to a Legal 500 firm dealing with high net worth cases. Her work included advising on and dealing with costs, complaints and professional conduct issues.
Gillian Pastuch is a Senior Lecturer and part of the Course Leader team in Law at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a fellow of the HEA and is a non-practising solicitor. She has experience of designing, delivering and assessing clinical modules at all levels of undergraduate study and has acted as an external examiner for the LPC. Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam, Gillian was in practice as insolvency solicitor within a large national law firm, where she worked across a broad range of contentious and non-contentious personal and corporate insolvency matters.
Liz Polding is a non-practising solicitor of more than 20 years’ standing and the Head of Bristol Law School BPP. She is a qualified teacher (PCTHE 2005) and has recently completed a Masters in Education. With 18 years’ experience in Higher Education, Liz has worked with the Law Society and the SRA in a number of different capacities, including serving as a member of the SRA’s validation panels for the LPC, as an external examiner for the LPC, and as a long standing member of the Law Society’s VAT and Duties Tax Subcommittee. Liz has extensive teaching and writing experience; she has written courses in wills, probate and trusts for QLTT, and in professional conduct and regulation and revenue law for the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice. She has also drafted MCQ assessments for QLTT in these areas. Furthermore, Liz's studies to date have included a research project into MCQs in legal professional education.
David Rees is a solicitor with 30 years’ experience, initially working in private practice and now as an Assistant Land Registrar at HM Land Registry. He has dealt with a wide variety of property-related work and has been involved in the development of land registration-related primary and secondary legislation. He also has extensive experience in Higher Education, being a former External Examiner to the SRA for the QLTS and a current External Examiner for the Bar Standards Board, as well as an assessor for the ethics component of the BPTC, which has included writing multiple choice questions. He is also a Chief Examiner for CILEx, producing and quality-assuring a variety of assessment materials, including MCQs, and contributing to the development and implementation of new qualifications.
Alan S. Reid is presently a Senior Lecturer in Law at Sheffield Hallam University. He has taught law at various universities in England, Wales, Scotland and Switzerland during his 25 year career in academia. He is an experienced external examiner at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is an expert in the law of the European Union, UK constitutional law and information technology law. His particular research interests lie in electronic communications law, particularly as regards the interception of communications by the State. He is the author of a number of undergraduate student textbooks on EU law, and legal journal articles and book chapters on online child protection, online privacy and virtual criminality.
Mark Richards is a Solicitor and Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster. He has previous experience as a partner in a central London solicitors' firm specializing in all aspects of property law. He is an external examiner on the Legal Practice Course and a former Chief External Examiner for the Council of Licensed Conveyancers. He is also a consultant with Manchester Online College contributing to the college’s land law and conveyancing programmes. Mark has written widely in the field of property law and practice including joint authorship of A Practical Approach to Conveyancing (now in its 22nd edition), the LPC manual Property Law, A Practical Approach to Commercial Conveyancing and Property, and Blackstone’s Guide to the Land Registration Act 2002 (all published by OUP). He is also a contributing editor to Butterworth’s Property Law Service.
Elizabeth Smart is a Professor of Legal Education and Head of Law at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a practising solicitor and runs a fully functioning law firm, SHU Law, which provides all students with the opportunity to work with live clients as part of their degree. Elizabeth is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. Elizabeth was recently appointed to sit as a non-executive director of the SRA Board and has been an LPC External Examiner for a number of providers as well as an LPC Assessor. She has extensive teaching experience having taught on various LLB, LLM and LPC programmes and has designed and developed professional legal programmes both online and face to face. Elizabeth is also a co-author of the LPC manual Foundations for the LPC (published by OUP).
J. Scott Slorach is a Professor and Director of Learning & Teaching at York Law School, University of York. He is a qualified solicitor, formerly practising corporate, insolvency and banking law in the City. Scott now specializes in the design, delivery and assessment of legal education at all levels; he has held various roles with the SRA, including membership of the SQE working group, Chief External Examiner for business law, LPC assessor, and training committee member. He was recently part of a team reporting to the Irish LSRA as part of its statutory review of legal practitioner education. In recent years Scott has worked on professional qualification programme development in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the UK. He is co-author of the LPC manual Business Law and the consultant editor of Legal Systems and Skills, both published by OUP.
Helen Tinkler practiced as a solicitor for over 20 years, specializing in commercial, personal injury and clinical negligence litigation. She is now a consultant in vocational curricula and assessment for the legal profession. As the SRA’s Chief External Assessor for Civil Litigation, she worked on the development of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. She is the Chief Examiner for Civil Litigation for the Bar Standards Board and was a member of its curriculum and assessment review panel. She has worked as a Chief Examiner and External Quality Assurer for CILEx and is currently working on the development of its new professional qualification programme and is chair of its Advanced Stage. She is an External Examiner for ACCA, an Ofqual External Expert and a member of the Department for Education’s legal panel for the T Level in Legal Services. Helen holds an MSc in Learning and Teaching from the University of Oxford (with a focus on summative assessment in law and legal practice) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Assessments and Examinations) from the University of Cambridge.