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 student representatives 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 (Chair)
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.
Robert graduated from the University of Bristol with an LLB in 2006, and then completed the Legal Practice Course at Kaplan Law School where he obtained a distinction. He completed his training contract at Trowers & Hamlins LLP in London, with a six month seat spent in Oman. After spending a further 4 years at Trowers as a qualified solicitor working in the Construction Litigation and Dispute Resolution team, Robert moved on to Osborne Clarke LLP's London office to practise in the same area.
Robert advises employers, contractors and local authorities in a variety of contentious construction matters involving litigation and various forms of alternative dispute resolution and avoidance, including arbitration, adjudication and mediation. Having attended state schools himself, Robert has taken an interest in helping young people from all backgrounds gain access to the same opportunities he has had, and has volunteered with the Getting Ahead programme in Tower Hamlets, and the charity upReach. He now lives in London and is a keen tennis and squash player.
Zahra graduated from the University of Bristol in 2005 with a LLB in Law. Zahra went on to study a Masters in Law at the London School of Economics and graduated with the highest Distinction in her 2006 year group. Following a summer as an assistant editor for a publication on refugees by the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the LSE, Zahra undertook the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the Bar in 2007. Although Zahra still retains the right to practice as a Barrister, she chose to cross qualify as a solicitor during her employment as a paralegal at Imran Khan Solicitors. Zahra worked directly with Imran Khan who is the first solicitor advocate to become a silk. Under his guidance, Zahra worked on some high profile human rights cases, which included terrorism cases and extradition; developing a deep understanding of criminal litigation and public law through the process.
In her spare time, Zahra worked as a human rights advocate for children living in institutions in Russia and Ukraine. For over ten years she has been visiting orphanages around Russia and uses what she has seen to lobby sponsors and officials to better support these children. One of her the main sponsors, Ahmad Tea, a tea company based in Hampshire which exports to Russia, recognised the impact Zahra’s work was having on these children and asked her to head a charity program dedicated to helping them. Zahra left criminal law in pursuit and now works as Ahmad Tea’s in-house counsel; not only managing their charity portfolio, but also advising on all aspects of company law as Head of their Legal team.
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.
David graduated from Bristol with an LLB (Hons) in 1969. From 1970 he practised at the Bar, originally as a generalist, but gradually specialising in Family Law in all its many and various guises.
In 1989 he was appointed an Assistant Recorder, sitting in Family, Civil and Criminal work. He took Silk in 1991. From 1994 to 1999 he was Senior Legal Assessor to the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing Midwifery and Health Visiting, and a member of the Family Committee of Justice. In 1997, he became Chairman of the Family Law Bar Association and in January 1999 was appointed a High Court Judge, assigned to the Family Division. He sat mostly at first instance; but also on regular occasions in the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the Court of Appeal. From about 2001 to 2008, he was responsible as the Liaison Judge for the administration of Family Law on the North Eastern Circuit.
He served as Director of Family Training for the Judicial College for 9 years from about 2008, with overall responsible for the training of the Family Judiciary in England and Wales.
In October 2017, at the age of 70, he hit the judicial buffers and was obliged by statute to retire, which he duly did. He is married and lives with his wife Ruth in London. They have two children and five grandchildren.
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!
Kirstine has over 20 years’ experience developing and delivering communications campaigns for organisations in transition – and was recruited by the Law School in 2015 to establish school-specific marketing. Kirstine’s marketing career started in the ’90s at the technology PR agency, Harvard Public Relations, where she worked on clients such as Sony, Hitachi and Fujitsu alongside small, rapidly growing internet start-ups.
In 2002, Kirstine moved to Bristol and shifted her focus to not-for-profit organisations, spending time working for a number of expanding African development charities, helping introduce and develop the communications remit to support fundraising and programme activities.
Following the birth of twins in 2009, Kirstine started work as a freelance consultant with a varied client base of organisations within the not-for-profit, health and environment sectors.
Felix is a student in the second year of the University’s MA Law postgraduate conversion course, and is President of the University of Bristol Bar Society. LawCareers.net has consistently named the Society as the best in the country for aspiring barristers. Felix continues to work with the Society’s excellent sponsors and alumni to deliver events that will inform and guide students with an interest in the Bar. He also oversees the Society’s numerous advocacy competitions and social events. He is keen that no student should feel intimidated or discriminated against by the Bar, and as such hopes to run more introductory events for newer students of all backgrounds. These will include advocacy training and interview workshops. Felix himself attended a comprehensive secondary school and a state sixth form, so sees the importance of a Bar that is open to all.
Felix has aspired to the Bar ever since participating in the Bar National Mock Trial in secondary school. Last year he was declared BPP Advocate of the Year 2017, and was awarded a scholarship to study the Bar with BPP Law School. He has undertaken mini-pupillage with chambers in both Bristol and London, with a particular interest in public law. Last year he led UES Bristol, an initiative that teaches sixth-formers about their statutory rights as part-time employees. In his spare time, Felix is a keen draughtsman and an amateur carpenter.
Felicia Hanson Ofori-Quaah
Felicia graduated from the University of Bristol in 2005 with an LLB in Law. After university, Felicia completed the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, gaining a distinction. Felicia trained with Norton Rose LLP (as it then was) and qualified with the Corporate team in 2009, before moving to the Project Finance practice. She is currently a senior associate in the Global Project, Energy and Infrastructure Finance Group at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy LLP where she advises lenders and sponsors on a range of financing transactions, including energy, infrastructure and mining projects principally in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. Felicia has experience advising on a number of cross-border, multi-sourced financings involving commercial lenders, export credit agencies and development finance institutions.
Felicia is married with two daughters and lives in Barnet. She enjoys travelling and spending quality time with her family.
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.
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’.
Ken Oliphant is Professor of Tort Law and Head of the University of Bristol Law School. He joined the Law School in 2006 and was appointed Professor in 2008. From 2009 to 2013, while on extended leave from the School, he was Director of the Institute for European Tort Law in the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He previously held faculty positions at King’s College London (1988-99) and Cardiff University (1999-2006).
He pursues research on a wide-ranging set of topics relating to English, European and comparative tort law, and compensation for incapacity. He is the joint author of Tort Law: Text & Materials, 6th edn, Oxford University Press, 2013 (with Mark Lunney and Donal Nolan) and Torts, 4th edn, Palgrave MacMillan, 2011 (with Alastair Mullis), general editor of the practitioners’ reference work Tort Law (3rd edn, 2015, Butterworths Common Law Series), and editor of several books in the series Tort and Insurance Law. His association with learned journals includes the Journal of European Tort Law (founding General Editor), the Torts Law Journal (UK correspondent), the Journal of Professional Negligence and the Journal of Law and Society (editorial advisory board).
He is a member of the European Group on Tort Law (and led its recently concluded project on public authority liability) and the American Law Institute (for which he was an Adviser on the Restatement Third of Torts: Economic Harm), as well as the European Law Institute (acting as co-drafter of its Statement on Collective Redress in 2014).
Weyinmi is a partner in the London office of Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe advising UK and international clients on M&A, private equity, infrastructure and energy transactions. Weyinmi is a cross-border corporate finance lawyer with a particular focus on private equity and M&A transactions involving Africa. His experience includes advising various Africa focused private equity sponsors, strategic investors and family offices on complex cross-border investments.
Weyinmi graduated from Bristol in 1995 with First Class Honours and went on complete the BCL at Wadham College Oxford in 1996. He is admitted in England and Wales and New South Wales, Australia. Weyinmi is a native of Nigeria and is a regular contributor to thought leadership on legal and other issues regarding cross-border transactions in Africa. In his spare time Weyinmi likes to play squash and has a keen interest in African art.
Oliver is Reader in Law and Director of Alumni Relations at the School. He was appointed at Bristol in 2001 after obtaining his is LLB (Law and Politics) and his PhD from the University of Wales, Cardiff. He teaches LLB courses in Criminal Law and Medical Law and leads the MA course in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. He is a member of the School’s Centre for Health, Law and Society and teaches on the Centre’s new LLM programme.
His main research interest is in the safety of healthcare and his book Regulating Patient Safety: the end of Professional Dominance was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. He is co-author of Reconstructing Criminal Law, the leading socio-legal textbook on Criminal Law, and has conducted extensive research into the criminalisation of negligent treatment in healthcare. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Western Australia, Boston University, National University of Singapore, University of Auckland and the University of Otago.
Oliver helped establish the Law School Advisory Board in 2013 and has worked closely with Dan Schaffer in ensuring the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series continues to enrich the law curriculum and help strengthen our Alumni community. He also established the International Internship Scholar Scheme which supports and rewards our international students undertaking law related internships.
Oliver is married and has two young daughters. He is Welsh and a passionate supporter of Swansea Rugby Football Club and the Welsh National rugby team.
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!
Roseanne is a Lecturer in Law and Director of Employability for the Law School. Her research interests lie in labour law, corporate governance and gender equality. She leads the units of Company Law and Advanced Company Law, a new course she introduced for final year undergraduates in 2018. As Director of Employability she ensures that the School's learning and extra-curricular activities enhance graduate prospects and help students achieve their individual career aspirations.
A graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Bristol, Roseanne practised as an employment solicitor in Edinburgh and the City before moving to academia. She is co-editor of the Common Law World Review and a member of the editorial board of the Employment Lawyers' Association Briefing. She was a member of the Law Society of England and Wales Employment Law Committee from 2008-2018, co-convenor of the Society of Legal Scholars Company Law Stream from 2015-2018, and former consultative committee member for the UK Office of Tax Simplification's review of employment status.
Daryl Seow is a second-year law undergraduate and the President of the UBLC. In his role as President, Daryl manages the society’s relationship with over 60 partners and has overall responsibility for all Law Club events. Under his purview, he coordinates the club’s affairs alongside the university and law faculty, expanding on wider opportunities for law students and members alike.
In his first year, He was a participant on both the negotiation and mooting competitions, finishing as a quarter-finalist in the latter. With a keen interest in commercial law, Daryl has participated in several first-year insights and schemes, aspiring not only to further his own career, but to foster greater relations with firms and organisations. As an international student, he has a passion for promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal industry. Being a candidate with organisations such as SEO London and Aspiring Solicitors, he endeavours to provide greater awareness of legal career opportunities for students of all demographics.
Prior to university, Daryl served two years as part of his National Service in the Singapore Armed Forces. With a diverse upbringing, he hopes to provide a perspective and vision focused on taking the club to greater heights.