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Speakers from previous conferences include:

Rod Edmunds  Senior Lecturer and Admissions Tutor, School of Law, Queen Mary College, London

law university admissions, Dr Rod EdmundsRod Edmunds joined Queen Mary in 2003. His previous positions included spells at Sussex University, the University of Nottingham, and director of education at D J Freeman & Co. He graduated from Downing College, Cambridge.

Rod’s teaching interests include property and environmental law. His research interests relate to two main areas: social exclusion and community prejudice experienced by people with mental health problems, and legal consequences from the fiduciary status and duties of trustees and company directors. In these fields, Rod has written a number of research papers that have been published in leading journals.

Frances Scott Careers Adviser

Frances Scott, Careers Adviser Frances Scott graduated from Loughborough University in 1989 with a first class honours degree. After her studies she worked in the field of genetics for four years before becoming a Careers Adviser for the University of London. There she helped students with their careers decision-making, job-hunting skills, applications, CVs and interview techniques. Frances also organised and worked at careers events such as the UCL Law Fair. She discussed issues with recruiters from various law firms and representatives from the College of Law. In 1998, Frances started working at GEC Marconi, managing graduate recruitment and development schemes. In 2000 she set up Epoc Careers & Training, an independent organisation, to provide the Careers Conferences and training courses.

Mark Fidler, Solicitor Advocate

 Mark Fidler, Partner, SolicitorMark Fidler qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and worked at Blavo & Co from 2005 to 2015, becoming a Partner in 2009. He has worked predominantly in the field of Criminal Law. He has dealt with every area from drink-drive to murder and he has been a Police Station and Court Duty solicitor for many years. Mark is a Solicitor Advocate which means that he also practices as an Advocate in the Crown Court. He has conducted Jury Trials and has also appeared in the Court of Appeal as an Advocate.

He is also a very experienced Advocate in the Magistrate Court covering all aspects including trials and he is also highly experienced in the preparation of cases when they reach the Crown Court. Mark has gained wide experience in fraud work involving large scale serious fraud cases. This has also included cases with an international aspect involving travelling abroad to make enquiries.

Andrew Chadwick, Deputy Dean BPP University

Andrew is the Deputy Dean and CEO of BPP University’s Law School.  A solicitor, Andrew has been involved in legal education for twenty years and has a great deal of experience in undergraduate as well as post-graduate legal training. He has taught a range of subjects at all levels and has in the past been an examiner on the Law Society accreditation programmes.  Andrew’s specific interest and expertise is in working with law firms to tailor courses to their specific requirements.  He believes that employability should be firmly embedded within education.

Andrew will talk about law careers in city firms, academia and industry.

Ivan Milatovic, Lecturer at BPP University Law School

Ivan Milatovic has been a lecturer at BPP University since 2006.  Before that, he was a solicitor at the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.  He is also an umpire for the Lawn Tennis Association.

Institute of Legal Executives

legal executivesThe career path for the Legal Executives offers a less academic route to a career in law. The minimum entry requirement is four GCSEs including English Language, although A level students and graduates can also follow this route. Legal Executives work in many areas of law and have a recognised role and status within the profession. The professional body for Legal Executives is CILEx.  CILEx provide a flexible training scheme so that Legal Executives can train and take exams whilst gaining work experience. Legal Executives can proceed to qualify as solicitors.

Lucy Garrett

Lucy graduated with a First Class degree in English Literature in 1998. She was called to the bar in 2001 and joined Keating in 2004. She has rapidly acquired an impressive specialist practice in construction, engineering, energy and shipbuilding. Her practice includes claims for and against construction professionals in these sectors and construction related issues such as insurance, bonds and guarantees. She is frequently instructed in domestic and international arbitration proceedings.

Lucy is a popular and forceful advocate with significant experience of running high value and high profile litigation from pre-action stage to trial and in the Court of Appeal (both as junior counsel and in her own right). She is counsel of choice of several major contractors, including some whose experience of her began when she was on the other side.

Lucy particularly enjoys disputes involving complex technical issues. Her approach is focused, practical and commercial.

Peter Scott, Conference Organiser

Peter Scott, Conference OrganiserPeter has organised careers conferences since July 2000, in which time over 5,000 students have attended our events. For the rest of the year Peter is a Chartered Surveyor, and runs his own small firm specialising in defect diagnosis, surveys, repair / refurbishment projects and party wall matters. He also acts in building related disputes, providing litigation support for solicitors.

Amongst his other interests are playing guitar, reading about science, meeting and eating with friends.

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