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.
Sir David Bodey
Sir David was a High Court Judge of the Family Division for almost 19 years, during which time he handled numerous high value Financial Dispute Resolution hearings and contested financial remedy cases. He gave several ‘money’ judgements when sitting as a Judge of the the Court of Appeal. As Director of Family Law Training at the Judicial College, he was instrumental in setting up ‘financial remedy’ training for Judges and District Judges. He has been undertaking private Financial Dispute Resolution hearings since January 2018.
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.
Richard Fisher QC
A tenant at Doughty Street Chambers, Richard Fisher QC provides advice and advocacy for clients whose cases involve allegations of financial crime, issues of bribery and corruption, the proceeds of crime and related litigation, and regulatory compliance. His non-contentious and advisory work sees him providing guidance to companies and their individual directors and officers on whether or not their business activities are at risk of incurring regulatory or criminal sanction.
Helen joined Bristol Water plc in May 2019 as Director of Legal Affairs and became Company Secretary on 30 May 2019. She act as Company Secretary to the Board of Directors of Bristol Water in addition to managing a team of lawyers, property and insurance specialists supporting the day to day business of Bristol Water. Prior to joining Bristol Water, Helen was a banking and finance partner at the leading international law firm Simmons & Simmons LLP. Helen has a First Class Honours Degree in Law from Bristol University and strong links to the University and the City of Bristol.
A partner at Bevan Brittan, Joanna Lloyd leads their Clinical Risk department and is a clinical negligence specialist with a focus on resolving complex and high-value clinical negligence disputes, particularly those involving obstetric and brain injury. She also runs the Inquest team and is a dual qualified barrister and solicitor. Her role also involves leading a large team of lawyers advising the NHS about the multiplicity of processes that arise following an adverse incident.
Graduating with an LLB in Law in 2004, Dawn is now 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.
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.
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.
Heledd is an Associate Director and head of Long Term and Elderly Care at Gregg Latchams in Bristol. After graduating from Bristol University, Heledd qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and since then has worked in a variety of roles where she has developed expertise in estate planning, long term care and asset protection. Heledd also has experience in inheritance tax planning, NHS Continuing Health Care Funding and complex Court of Protection applications.
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.
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