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David Amos - Associate Dean for External Engagement

David joined The City Law School in June 2013. As Director of Legal Practice, he is the Course Director for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and the Director of Continuing Professional Development.

David qualified as a solicitor in 1993 practising mainly in the field of Civil Litigation. He first started teaching on the LPC at Leeds Metropolitan University in 1998 where he was the Director for the Part Time course. He was subsequently the Programme Director for the LPC at Manchester Metropolitan University before becoming the Head of Vocational Legal Studies at the University of Westminster.

During his time at Westminster, David established the first Solicitors Exempting Degree in London. He has helped to design new Part Time LPC courses at both Leeds and Manchester in addition to a Postgraduate Certificate in Legal Practice Management. The latter course was developed with the aid of a grant of £90,000 from the government's Higher Level Skills Pathfinder Fund.

David has occupied a number of positions for the Solicitors Regulation Authority. He was a member of the working party which designed the Outcomes for the LPC. Currently, he is an SRA appointed external examiner and a member of the Authorisation and Validation panel for the LPC.

David is on the accreditation panel for the Law Society of Scotland and a Council member for the Central Applications Board. He has also acted as external adviser for a number of Universities in the development of postgraduate and professional programmes.

David has contributed a chapter on the Legal Environment for the first three editions of Wetherly and Otter The Business Environment: Themes and Issues. David's research interests concern the changing pattern of delivery of Legal Services with a particular focus on the interaction between Law and Technology.

Angela Jackman -Solicitor, CPD Consultant and Senior Lecturer

Angela Jackman is a solicitor who specialises in mental capacity law and Court of Protection litigation. She is ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leader in the field.

Angela has been advising patients, the Official Solicitor, Independent Mental Capacity Advisors (IMCAs), Responsible Person’s Representatives (RPRs), family members and charities for over 10 years. She has been involved in landmark Court of Protection cases, including AB v A Local Authority, which determined that RPRs are key individuals for making applications to the Court of Protection on behalf of patients.

Angela has also been involved in a number of best interests matters over the years. She has assisted with resolving difficult issues in dispute between family members and public bodies concerning incapacitated adults or identified issues which require resolution through legal proceedings.

Angela has provided national training to RPRs and IMCAs on their role as litigation friends for patients. She has expert knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act, Code of Practice and related materials.

Angela’s wealth of experience places her in an ideal position to train and update health practitioners and care home staff on obligations arising under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and from increasingly complex case law evolving from the Court of Protection. Angela can provide bespoke training depending upon the needs of the organisation. Topics can include:

  • Overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Detailed consideration of the Code of Practice
  • Protection of Vulnerable Adults
  • Best interest procedures and issues
  • Deprivation of liberty procedures and issues
  • Over view of case law including impact of the Supreme court’s decision in Cheshire West.

Robin Sellers - Barrister, Senior Lecturer and CPD Consultant

Robin joined City Law School in September 2014 after a career at the criminal bar stretching 20 years.

In that time he prosecuted and defended at all levels including murder, rapes, fraud, money laundering and fatal road traffic offences as leading and junior counsel. He specialised in multi-handed cases such as conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He is a grade 4 prosecutor for the CPS.

He became involved in a number of money laundering prosecution operations advising the CPS and HMRC as to the application of the money laundering regulations to money service businesses in the criminal context.

He is adept at handling vulnerable witnesses using special measures including children and adults with learning difficulties.

Latterly he developed a multi- disciplinary regulatory practice appearing at inquests, police misconduct hearings and fitness to practice hearings before the GMC. This emanated from his expertise in representing drivers in the emergency services charged with death by dangerous driving as a result of their duties. He has regularly given lectures and seminars to the profession, solicitors and police officers arising out of this area.

Robin continues to practice in all the above fields to provide an informed and engaged insight into the profession. He sat on tenancy and pupillage committees, management committees and business development committees in chambers throughout his career. He is an accredited pupil supervisor and pupil supervisor trainer. He supervised over 10 pupils including Naval officers and continues to teach advocacy for the Inner Temple.

David Emmet - Barrister, CPD Consultant and Senior Lecturer

David was called to the Bar in 1973. After pupillage at 3 Pump Court, he joined the Inns of Court School of Law in 1974, and has taught there continuously since.  He was in turn a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer and from 1986 a Permanent Reader.  He was one of the architects of the Bar Vocational Course (the first ever skills-based training for lawyers in the UK) and took charge of the creation of the programme of Practical Training Exercises.  He was director of learning resources until 1999, having overall responsibility for the development and maintenance of BVC course materials.

His main teaching areas were Opinion Writing, Drafting and Remedies.  He is the author and editor of the Drafting Manual, and the author of substantial portions of the Opinion Writing and Remedies Manuals, published by Oxford University Press.

David's work started to expand into CPD in about 1991, and since then he has increasingly specialised in this area, working full time in the CPD Department.  His specialist areas are the drafting of pleadings, remedies, opinion writing and general writing skills (including plain English), and he designs and delivers courses in all these areas.  He is also the author of many substantial case studies, including that used on the Law School's Higher Rights programme, for which he won an award for excellence in curriculum design from City.

David trains tax practitioners as well as lawyers.  He played a major role in devising the Certificate in Advanced Research and Communication Skills for Tax Practitioners course, which he has been delivering to firms of tax accountants. He also teaches legal skills to tax students. David has delivered highly successful courses for the following firms (among others):

Law Firms:

  • Allen & Overy
  • Arnold & Porter
  • Ashurst
  • Barlow, Lyde & Gilbert
  • Berrymans Lace Mawer
  • Bird & Bird
  • Clifford Chance
  • Dechert
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Herbert Smith
  • Linklaters
  • Lovells
  • Mayer Brown International
  • Nabarro Nathanson
  • Norton Rose
  • Olswang
  • Osborne Clarke
  • Reed Smith
  • Reynolds Porter Chamberlain
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • Slaughter and May

Tax firms:

  • BDO Stoy Hayward
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Baker Tilly

Stephen Laurie MSc - Head of Client Engagement

Stephen is the Head of Client Engagement for the Continuing Professional Development department of the City Law School. Stephen is responsible for liaising with clients' pre and post-course delivery. He is a qualified teacher and has hands-on knowledge of managing successful training programmes. He has widespread experience of working with major businesses especially within the legal and finance sectors as well as having assisted with the development of training programmes for overseas clients and business schools.

Stephen has been a Business Enterprise Manager for City, University of London representing The City Law School. He has served as a member of the Operational Board for the Training Gateway, the business brokerage for UK Universities, and has a Masters in Innovation, Creativity & Leadership from City.

For all of your training needs please contact Stephen on +44 (0)20 7040 0364 or email him at s.laurie@city.ac.uk

Sadiq Islam - Business Development Partner

Sadiq is the Business Development Partner for the Continuing Professional Development department at the City Law School.
Sadiq is responsible for liaising with our clients' and stakeholders pre and post-course delivery. He is a highly accomplished Business Developer with experience and a strong track-record of working with the Public Sector, Commercial, Digital and Professional Services markets.

For all of your training needs please contact Sadiq on +44 (0)020 7040 0323 or email him at sadiq.islam@city.ac.uk

Melanie Goinden - CPD Co-ordinator

Melanie Goinden CPD Co-ordinator - Continuing Professional Development

E: Melanie.Goinden@city.ac.uk
T: 020 7040 0316

For more information or if you would like to speak with us to find out more about the personalised in-house training we can offer your organisation, please call +44 (0)20 7040 0323 or email cpd@city.ac.uk.