University of Bristol Law School Advisory Board
The Law School Advisory Board was set up in late 2013 following the successful alumni-focused fund-raising campaign to refurbish the Wills Memorial Library. The Board is composed of alumni, academics and a student representative and meets twice yearly to conduct business.
The stated purpose of the Board is to assist the School in fulfilling its mission: to be a centre of excellence for legal learning and research which produces intellectually accomplished, well-rounded, enquiring graduates with a rich, ethically grounded appreciation of law in business and society.
The Board supports the School's focus on attracting the very brightest staff and students and ensuring students enjoy the best possible legal education to equip them for their future careers.
The Board also assists the School with engaging fully with its highly valued alumni community. Bristol Law alumni are not only represented at the highest levels of the legal profession but have taken their skills into many other areas including business, politics journalism and public service. This diversity is reflected in the composition of the Board, providing a strong pool of expertise from which the school can draw.
- Daniel Schaffer
- Dr Ardavan Arzandeh
- Jonathan Bower
- Naomi Buffery
- Joanne Conaghan
- Kenny Glass
- Tim Herrington
- Georgina Jones
- Isobel Kamber
- Sir Stephen Laws
- Dawn McCambley
- Amol Prabhu
- Melanie Rodrigues
Dan has chaired the Law School Advisory Board since its establishment in 2013. He has been involved in a whole range of initiatives for the Law School including fund raising for the refurbishment of the Law Library, founding the Distinguished Law Alumni Lecture Programme, establishing Job Application Skills workshops, organising mooting master classes for the School's student mooting competition amongst other things and initiating Patrons for the Law Club and Bar Society.
Dan is a life-long friend, passionate supporter and champion of the Law School. He is partner of Slaughter and May. He is a member of the Trust Law Committee chaired by Henderson LJ.
After graduating with his LLB in 1986 he went to study for the BCL at Merton College, Oxford 1986- 87 in which he obtained a First. This led to teaching Trusts part-time at LSE (1987–88), Merton, Balliol and St Hilda's College, Oxford (1988–1993) and on the Cambridge Univ LLM 2003-2005.Dan has been teaching again on Cambridge Univ's LLM Commercial Equity course and at Oxford at Merton and on the BCL. Dan also gives an annual lecture on the Trusts Law course here in Bristol. He is due to contribute to the next edition of Thomas on Powers.
Dan was awarded a Doctor of Laws honoris causa by Bristol University in July 2016. You can watch his speech in the Great Hall on YouTube.
Dan is married (to Marianne) and has three sons (Antoine, Vincent and Louis). He lives in London. Amongst other things he races a bike with Professor Michael Ford QC.
Dr Ardavan Arzandeh
Dr Ardavan Arzandeh was appointed as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol in August 2012. He is an alumnus of the University of Bristol, having studied law as an undergraduate (LLB 2006), postgraduate (LLM 2008), and doctoral student (PhD 2011). Ardavan has received Lord Hardwicke and Lord Denning Scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn, and was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn) in July 2012.
Ardavan’s research expertise is principally in the field of international commercial litigation (commercial conflict of laws). He has written widely in this area, and has frequently presented his research to legal scholars and practitioners at international conferences and research seminars. Ardavan has extensive experience of teaching, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Since 2007, he has lectured and tutored undergraduate and postgraduate students in International Commercial Litigation, Banking Law, Contract Law and Tort Law. During his appointment, Ardavan has made significant leadership contributions within the Law School and the wider University.
In addition to acting as the Law School’s Alumni Relations Director (2016-present), Ardavan leads the Law School’s international student recruitment activities in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia (2013-present). In the past, Ardavan acted as the Law School’s Careers and Employability Director (2013-2015).
Graduating in 1998 with a law degree and fond memories from the University of Bristol set Jonathan on a career in the law but undertaking work which is rarely studied at university. Having completed his LPC at UWE he commenced training with Cartwrights, a small Bristol based practice which was to merge with Bond Pearce in 2001. As a partner in the Planning & Infrastructure team at national law firm Bond Dickinson his day job involves advising clients on the promotion and delivery of major infrastructure projects across the country. This includes the consenting and compulsory purchase work for a number of offshore wind farms, power stations, town centre schemes and other retail schemes. He has advised a number of parties affected by HS2 and appeared in the House of Commons. He regularly speaks at conferences and seminars, writes articles and is a member of the Council of the National Infrastructure Planning Association. Although based in the Bristol office his work often takes him to the firm's other offices across the country particularly London.
In addition to his specialist work he also has a number of management roles within the firm including finance and governance. He manages the relationship with the University where he has hosted skills seminars for the Law Club as well as for the Bristol Plus Awards. He is also involved with the firm's CSR initiatives both leading on strategy and implementing where he was part of the team which cycled from Newcastle to Bristol to raise funds for the Prince's Trust.
Away from work Jonathan lives with his wife and family in North Bristol (close to the Hiatt Baker Hall where he spent his first year), coaches the hockey and rugby teams that his children play in and when time allows, enjoys cycling and triathlons.
Naomi graduated from Bristol in 2000 with an LLB (Hons) in Law. In 2002, she completed her LPC at Nottingham Law School, having taken a year out to travel after graduating. Naomi accepted a training contract with Herbert Smith Freehills, qualifying into the Corporate Division in 2004. During her time at Herbert Smith Freehills, she advised clients on a range of capital markets and M&A transactions. In 2011, Naomi moved to Société Générale, a French investment bank based in London, as a Senior Solicitor, advising on a range of corporate finance transactions. Naomi recently joined Greenhill, a boutique investment bank based in London, in 2015 as Legal Counsel and Compliance Officer. In 2016, Naomi was promoted to General Counsel for Europe and Managing Director. Naomi is married, and in her spare time enjoys travelling – her most exotic trip to date being Antarctica!
Joanne is head of the University of Bristol Law School. Previously, she taught at the Universities of Exeter, Kent and the University of San Diego, and from 2008-11 she was Head of Kent Law School. Joanne also served a term on the University Council at Kent and in 2007 was a member of the appointment panel selecting a new Vice-Chancellor. Joanne is internationally recognised as a leading scholar on gender and law issues with a particular focus on tort law, labour law and the legal regulation of sexual violence.
Joanne has published extensively, including most recently a monograph on Law and Gender (OUP 2013) and the co-edited New Oxford Companion to Law (OUP 2008, with Professor Peter Cane). Joanne's research standing in the legal education community is evidenced inter alia by her appointment to the RAE2008 law subpanel in Law and, as Deputy Chair, to the REF2014 law subpanel. Joanne is also an Academician of the Academy of Social Science.
Kenny is a second-year undergraduate LLB student and President of the University of Bristol Law Club (UBLC). The UBLC is one of the UK's largest student-led law societies with over 1500 members and has been nominated for a number of national awards including 'Best Student Law Society'. In his role as President, Kenny manages the society’s relationship with over 50 sponsors and has overall responsibility for all Law Club events.
Kenny is committed to a career in commercial law, having attended first-year schemes and open days at a number of leading international law firms. He was also actively involved in the Law Club's Commercial Awareness Programme and sat on the Student-Staff Liason Committee in his role as First-Year Representative.
Prior to university. Kenny worked as a barristers' clerk. Where he was responsible for securing work for junior tenants. Additionally, he has worked as a retail assistant and waiter. Kenny is also involved with the Bar Pro Bono Unit where he previously interned. As President of the UBLC, Kenny hopes to increase collaboration between the Law School and the UBLC. In particularly he has an interest in social mobility initiatives because he is the first in his family to attend university from a non-selective state school in East London.
Tim graduated in 1975 with a First Class degree in law. He began his career with Clifford Chance where he became its 50th partner in 1985. He started his professional career as a general corporate and commercial lawyer, and went on to specialise in financial services law. In 1986 he was seconded to the Securities and Investments Board (SIB), the predecessor to the current City regulators helping to draft the rules to regulate the conduct of the City's bankers and other investment professionals. He worked closely with the SIB's consultant, Professor Jim Gower, the author of Gower on company law, and saw for the first time the value of marrying an academic approach with hands on practical experience.
On retiring from Clifford Chance in 2005 he joined the then City Regulator, the Financial Services Authority, and became chairman of its Regulatory Decisions Committee, the independent committee which decides whether to impose fines and banning orders on those found by the Committee to be in breach of the rules. His work at the FSA was of a quasi-judicial nature so it was a natural progression to join the judiciary, which he did as a Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) in 2012. He was appointed for his financial services expertise as this Chamber is where those who are dissatisfied with decisions taken by the City Regulators (now the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulatory Authority) on disciplinary matters can argue their case. He also decides tax cases as well as references from decisions of the Pensions Regulator.
Georgina graduated from Bristol in 1998 with an LLB in Law with European legal studies. Following her LPC in Guildford she joined Ashurst Morris Crisp (as it then was) as a trainee solicitor and qualified into their pensions team in September 2001. In 2003 Georgina joined Sacker & Partners as a fee-earner, moving across to the firm's Know How Team in 2006. Georgina became a partner in January 2016. Georgina is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers’ Education & Seminars Committee which is responsible for organising national training and social events for pensions lawyers. Georgina is married with two children and lives in Hertfordshire.
Isobel is a second-year undergraduate LLB student and President of the University of Bristol Bar Society. This Society has been named the best Aspiring Barristers Society in the country for the last three years and continues to grow in both size and prestige every year. Isobel’s role within the society is largely operational ensuring member satisfaction is gained through ongoing relationships with many sponsors, as well as putting on events each week to inform prospective students about the Bar. More than anything however, Isobel is committed to pushing the initiative that there is ‘no bar to the bar,’ and having come from a non-selective state school, she aspires to illustrate this both in her path to the Bar as well as, in her member’s path to the Bar.
In terms of careers, becoming a Barrister is something she has known from day one, and since coming to University she was quick to become elected first-year representative of the Bar Society. Not only does this show her commitment to the profession from an early stage, but Isobel has also attended dinners at Lincoln Inn as well as, Middle and Inner Temple, whilst also having completed work experience in London, Bristol and Cirencester. Yet, this does not mean she ruled out the prospect of becoming a Solicitor and through first year schemes, open days and prospectively a hopeful Vacation scheme – she continues to explore the various career options within the law. Outside of the world of Law, Isobel is a keen traveler but when home, enjoys a game of tennis and relaxing with friends.
Sir Stephen Laws KCB, QC (Hon), LLD (Hon)
Sir Stephen Laws graduated in Law from the University of Bristol in 1972, where he then taught law before qualifying to practice as a barrister. He joined the Civil Service as a legal assistant in the Home Office and later transferred to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel ("OPC"). For 30 years his main work was as a drafter of legislation. He worked on a number of the 1980s privatisation Bills and then on Finance Bills. Subsequently, he also worked, amongst other things, on legislation about communications and broadcasting matters, the police, counter-terrorism and crime.
In 2006, he became the First Parliamentary Counsel, the Permanent Secretary responsible for leading the OPC, who also has a special role advising on constitutional matters. As such he was, with the Treasury Solicitor and the Director of Public Prosecutions, one of the three legal permanent secretaries, the most senior lawyers in the Civil Service. He was the first non-Oxbridge graduate to hold the office of First Parliamentary Counsel since it was established in 1869. He was also responsible for the civil servants supporting the Leaders and government Whips in both Houses.
He retired from the Civil Service in January 2012 and was appointed to the McKay Commission, looking at the consequences for the House of Commons of devolution, aspects of which are sometimes known as the West Lothian Question. He is a senior associate research fellow with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and an honorary senior research associate in the department of Political Science at University College London. In 2015 he served on the advisory panel that assisted Lord Strathclyde with his review of secondary legislation and the primacy of the House of Commons. He currently writes and lectures on constitutional issues.
Dawn graduated from the University of Bristol in 2004 with an LLB in Law. During her time at Bristol she won the Law School’s mooting competition and subsequently was elected as Mistress of the Moot. After university, Dawn completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law (ICSL). During that year, Dawn was awarded first place in the Lincoln’s Inn Gluckstein Advocacy Competition and was the winner of the ICSL Mooting Competition. She was awarded the Denning, Sunley and Hardwicke Scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn.
Dawn was called to the Bar in 2005 and was taken on as a tenant following the successful completion of her pupillage. Dawn was also called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2015. Dawn is a member of Radcliffe Chambers and specialises in chancery commercial litigation with particular emphasis on insolvency, company and civil fraud. She frequently acts in cases involving contractual disputes, misfeasance, transaction avoidance and wrongful trading.
Dawn was previously Junior Counsel to the BIS for Directors’ Disqualification Directions hearings and this provided her with extensive experience of the duties of directors, particularly in the context of insolvency. Dawn has been ranked in insolvency/restructuring in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for a number of years. She has been described as ‘very impressive and effective’, approachable’ with ‘strong drafting skills’ and ‘excellent legal knowledge combined with commercial awareness’.
Amol is Head of Emerging Markets Legal, EMEA at Barclays, in the investment banking division. He holds a broad cross product senior advisory role with leadership responsibility for and strategic oversight of the emerging and frontier markets business across Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Amol graduated with First Class Honours in European Legal Studies from the University of Bristol in 1997, spending his third year reading European Law at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He completed the LPC at Nottingham Law School in 1998 and a Masters in International Law and Finance with first class honours at the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall) in 1999. He then took a year off to travel the world and started his training contract at Linklaters in 2000. He was initially based in London, then seconded to Hong Kong. He moved to Allen & Overy, London and then joined Barclays, London in 2004 as an analyst and was seconded to Barclays, Dubai in 2007 for a year.
Amol has written for and been quoted in numerous publications: the International Financial Law Review, The In-House Lawyer, Legal Business and General Counsel and also is a regular conference speaker: ABA/Law Society Capital Markets Conference, International Financial Law Review Corporate Counsel/European/African Capital Markets Forums.
Most recently Amol was awarded the "Recognised Leader in Emerging Markets Legal" at the International Finance Awards 2016 and his team was recognized by General Counsel magazine in the Africa Powerlist 2017.
Amol is married and he and his wife are expecting their first child next April. In his spare time, Amol loves travelling and following cricket and rugby.
Mel is a senior broadcast journalist at BBC Bristol, where she produces a variety of current affairs and factual programmes and events. She happily returned to Bristol four years ago after working on media projects in London and Melbourne and also in Zambia, Tanzania and Ethiopia for the BBC’s international charity Media Action.
Her passion for the city of Bristol began in 1998 when she moved here from the West Midlands to study Law (European Legal Studies). Her time in the law faculty included a stint as the editor of The Better View and a year in Fribourg in Switzerland, studying law in french as part of the Erasmus scheme.
In 2015 Mel took on the curation of TEDxBristol - one of the UK’s biggest TEDx talk events, which is held at the Colston Hall every two years, and includes contributions from many Bristol student volunteers. Mel is also a keen member of the local volunteer community - taking part in the city-wide reading buddies scheme, and producing outreach events in collaboration with RTS West, The BBC Academy and Bristol Council.
Mel lives at home with her partner Mark and their dog Judy. When she’s not racing around with a camera and a deadline, they all enjoy the brilliant countryside walks that the Bristol region has to offer, as well as the quality of the cider in the more traditional Somerset watering holes!