Meet the team

Jane Bridgwater - Director of Legal Services and Deputy University Secretary

Jane was called to the Bar in 1986. Subsequently she qualified as a solicitor and became a partner and head of the employment unit at a commercial firm in Bristol. In 2000, Jane joined Burges Salmon, where she acted as a consultant from 2004 to 2007. Jane joined the Secretary’s Office as an employment lawyer in January 2005 and became Deputy Secretary in September 2006. In May 2007, Jane was appointed to the position of Director of Legal Services and Deputy Secretary.

Email: Jane.Bridgwater@bristol.ac.uk
Phone: (0117) 394 1817 (Internal: 41817)
Working days: Monday - Friday

Rashi Jain - Associate Director of Legal Services

Rashi qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and specialises in employment law. She joined the University in 2005 and advises University managers and HR teams in all aspects of employment law including equal pay, trade unions, discrimination, redundancy, conduct, fixed term workers, minimum wage, working time and employment contracts. Rashi also advises on the employment law aspects of service provision change and business transfers and represents Schools and Divisions in staff appeals and grievance hearings.

Email: Rashi.Jain@bristol.ac.uk
Phone: (0117) 394 1822 (Internal: 41822)
Working days: Monday - Thursday 

Clare Smith - Associate Director of Legal Services

Clare has been qualified as a solicitor since 1999 and joined the University's Secretary's Office in 2006. Clare is responsible for advising on legal aspects of University transactions involving commercial, intellectual property/copyright and property issues (other than those which are research-related). 

Email: Clare.Smith@bristol.ac.uk
Phone: (0117) 394 1829 (Internal: 41829)
Working days: Tuesday - Friday

Elaine Arundel - Insurance Manager

Elaine joined the Secretary's Office in July 2019 from the University of Gloucestershire, where she had been the Insurance Manager for eleven years. Prior to working for Gloucestershire, Elaine worked for Insurance Brokers (including as a Broker with a National Insurance Broker) and Insurance Companies for many years before becoming involved with the education sector. Elaine is qualified to Diploma level with the Chartered Insurance Institute. 

Email: zd19381@bristol.ac.uk      
Phone: (0117) 394 1821 (Internal: 41821)    
Working days: Monday - Friday

Laura Trescothick-Martin - Senior University Lawyer

Laura qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and spent four years working for a law firm specialising in education law.  Laura joined the University in 2008 and specialises mainly in student related matters. Laura deals with student disciplinary cases, student mental health, appeals and complaints, including clerking hearings and litigation cases.  Laura also deals with student complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA), safeguarding and criminal convictions.

Email: Laura.Trescothick-Martin@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1831 (Internal: 41831)    
Working days: Monday - Friday 

Keith Feeney - Senior University Lawyer

Keith was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003 and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. Prior to joining the University in 2008 Keith worked in private legal practice specialising  in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Keith specialises mainly in student related matters, including student disciplinary cases, appeals and complaints, clerking hearings and student complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA). Keith also advises on general matters including Bribery Act compliance and contract matters as required.

Email: Keith.Feeney@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1819 (Internal: 41819)    
Working days: Monday - Friday

Rachel Paterson - Senior University Lawyer

Rachel qualified as a solicitor in December 2000 and has worked at the University since May 2011. Rachel advises on non-research related commercial contracts and intellectual property issues.

Email: Rachel.Paterson@bristol.ac.uk   
Phone: (0117) 394 1825 (Internal: 41825)    
Working days: Monday - Friday

Claire Rawls - University Lawyer

Claire qualified as a solicitor in September 2008 and joined the University in June 2015.  Claire has experience of working in both the Public Sector and Higher Education and advises on commercial and procurement related issues.

Email: claire.rawls@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1827 (Internal: 41827)     
Working days: Monday - Friday 

Hal Jordan - Senior University Lawyer

Hal advises the University in relation to‚Äč all legal aspects of its property matters. He qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and joined the Secretary's Office in 2011 having previously been in private practice.

Email: Hal.Jordan@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1823 (Internal: 41823)    
Working days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Susan Thomas - University Lawyer

Email: Susan.Thomas@bristol.ac.uk   
Phone: (0117) 428 4099 (Internal: 84099)    
Working days: Monday, Wednesday - Friday

Henry Stuart - Information Governance Manager

Henry leads the Information Governance Team and is responsible for ensuring that information-related legislation is implemented and complied with across the University. This includes data protection, freedom of information, records management and other related areas. He has undertaken similar roles within the higher education sector since 2005, and joined the University in October 2017.

Email: Henry.Stuart@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1824 (Internal: 41824)    
Working days: Monday - Friday

James Iles - Information Governance Officer (Maternity Cover)

Email: James.Iles@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 0200 (Internal: 40200)    
Working days: Monday - Friday

Cecilia Pready - Information Rights Assistant

Email: Cecilia.Pready@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 428 2249 (Internal: 82249)    
Working days: Wednesday - Friday

Philippa Guereca – Student Complaints Officer and Mediation Co-ordinator

Philippa receives and deals with all appeal applications at the University Stage of the Academic Appeal Process (under the examination regulations) and all student complaints at the University Stage of the Student Complaints Procedure (PDF, 137kB). She also co-ordinates the University of Bristol Mediation Service, which is available to staff and students, providing a forum for a confidential constructive and safe exchange of information with a view to early dispute resolution. Philippa has a background in Psychology and Special Education and is a qualified counsellor, advocate and accredited mediator.

Email: Philippa.Guereca@bristol.ac.uk     
Phone: (0117) 394 1820 (Internal: 41820)    
Working days: Monday - Thursday

Joanne Hodge - Insurance Assistant (Maternity Cover)

Email: Joanne.Hodge@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1828 (Internal: 41828)    
Working days: Monday - Friday 

Leanne Dickerson - Legal Administrator

Leanne joined the Secretary's Office in September 2013 as a Modern Apprentice to the Senior Secretary and is now a Legal Administrator.

Email: Leanne.Dickerson@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1830 (Internal: 41830)    
Working days: Monday - Friday

For General Enquiries email: Secretarys-Office@bristol.ac.uk