Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series
Each year we invite senior judges, barristers and partners in leading law firms to give guest lectures through our Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series - a fantastic programme that enhances the student learning experience and promotes the excellence of the School through the success of former students.
Omar qualified at Osborne Clarke in 1995 and has been a partner since 2001. He and his team have a reputation as people to do business with, and Omar himself is described as ‘a stand-out banking lawyer’ who ‘allies tailored advice with commerciality and exceptional communication skills” by the 2015 Edition of the Legal500. Omar acts for lenders, sponsors and borrowers on bilateral and syndicated project finance, M&A finance and structured finance transactions generally.
Cheryl is a partner in the Real Estate team at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang. Cheryl's work is split between investment work (sales and acquisitions), development work (development funding agreements, conditional pre-let agreements, development title reports, rights to light and neighbourly matters, vacant possession strategies and mixed-use leasing structures) and asset management work.
The Distinguished Alumni Lecture Programme is an initiative of which the Law School is particularly proud. First launched in 2013/14 and led by the Law School Advisory Board, this lecture programme has fast become a central feature of the educational experience of our students.
To find out more about taking part in our Distinguished Alumni Lecture Programme, please contact:
Dr Dan Schaffer
Leading pensions Partner at Slaughter and May, Dan has a particular focus on strategic advisory and transactional work. He also has a strong pensions disputes practice, having been involved in several significant pensions cases. He has chaired the Association of Pension Lawyers’ International Committee and is a member of the association’s Legislative and Parliamentary Committee. In July 2016, Dan was awarded a Doctor of Laws honoris causa by Bristol University.
A University of Bristol graduate, Gary Bell has been a criminal defence barrister since 1989. He became a QC in 2012 and is instructed by solicitors from all over the country in the most complex and serious fraud cases. He also acts for defendants in major drugs conspiracies and other multi-handed crimes, particularly with a financial element. He is acknowledged as an expert in financial crime and the Proceeds of Crime Act and regularly gives training seminars on the law relating to all aspects of fraud to other barristers, solicitors and judges. Gary Bell also presented the BBC 1 program ‘the Leagalizer.’
Richard joined Chambers at 1 Chancery Lane in October 2018 following the successful completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Simon Trigger, Lisa Dobie and Saleem Khalid. He has a busy court practice and takes instruction in all areas of Chambers work, with a particular interest in civil actions against local authorities and the police. Before starting pupillage Richard worked in the Court of Appeal as Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Jackson. He graduated with a first class law degree from the University of Bristol, achieved an ‘Outstanding’ grade on the BPTC, and was the recipient of a major Inner Temple scholarship.
Martin Mendelssohn is a partner in the corporate Team at CMS law. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures, restructuring and privatisation projects, typically acting for non-UK entities on UK inward investment mandates. He also advises on asset- backed contribution schemes, cross-border mergers and international reorganisations. Martin advises a wide range of UK and other European entities (particularly German) and US corporations. During his career with CMS, he has been based in South East Asia, CEE and Germany.
Ravi Naik, the Law Society’s 2018 Human Rights Lawyer of the Year, is a multi-award winning Partner, with a ground breaking practice at the forefront of data rights and technology. Ravi spearheads a pioneering multi-jurisdictional practice, which cuts across complex issues such as public law, privacy, data and information law, fair trial rights, false detention, national security and international law. Ravi regularly represents cases in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court. Ravi has also represented clients in international tribunals, regional courts, including the International Criminal Court and European Court of Human Rights.
Peter Sandler graduated from the University of Bristol law school (LLB) in 1986. He is currently the Director of Information, Resources and Policy Coordination at the European Commission.