CEPLER staff

CEPLER represents a substantial investment by the University. This recognises the importance of ensuring that students graduate with the skills that will make them employable in a competitive job market, and of ensuring that BLS becomes a centre of excellence for research on, and in relation to, the legal profession and legal processes.

Lesley Griffiths

Administrator, CEPLER

Birmingham Law School

Telephone 0121 414 3172

Email l.griffiths.1@bham.ac.uk

James Lee

James Lee

Senior Lecturer

Birmingham Law School

James Lee researches in private law and on judicial reasoning. His most recent major publication is an edited collection entitled From House of Lords to Supreme Court: Judges, Jurists and the Process of Judging. James is currently the Torts Subject Section Convenor for the Society of Legal Scholars, and a member of the Society's Executive Committee. Between 2010 and 2013, James served as ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 3629

Email j.s.f.lee@bham.ac.uk

Miss Theresa Lynch

Miss Theresa Lynch

Teaching Fellow
Centre for Professional Legal Education and Reserach
(CEPLER)

Birmingham Law School

Theresa started as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant at Birmingham Law School and was subsequently appointed as a Teaching Fellow. Her position is linked to the Law School’s Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER).


Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 6328

Email t.lynch@bham.ac.uk

Dr Bharat Malkani

Dr Bharat Malkani

Lecturer

Birmingham Law School

Dr Malkani researches and teaches in the fields of human rights and criminal justice, with a particular focus on the death penalty. He is  the Co-ordinator of Birmingham Law School’s Pro Bono Group, which he established in 2009. The Pro Bono Group provides free legal services for the local community, and enables students to gain experience of the law in practice, to complement ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 6315

Email b.malkani@bham.ac.uk

Professor Hilary Sommerlad

Professor of Law
Director of Research, Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research

Birmingham Law School

Hilary has been researching the relationship between the changing structure of the legal profession and law work and the participation of women and black and minority ethnic lawyers for over two decades.  She is the co-author of the first full length study of women solicitors in England and Wales: Gender, Choice and Commitment: Women Solicitors and the struggle for equal status ...

Telephone 0121 414 4030

Email h.a.k.sommerlad@bham.ac.uk

Linden Thomas

Linden Thomas

Solicitor, Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research

Birmingham Law School

Linden joined Birmingham Law School’s Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER) in 2013. She is a qualified solicitor specialising in employment law. Linden’s role with CEPLER includes overseeing and developing many of CEPLER’s pro bono activities and its links with the legal profession. In addition to working with CEPLER, Linden continues to practice ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5780

Email l.thomas@bham.ac.uk

Dr Steven Vaughan

Dr Steven Vaughan

Lecturer

Birmingham Law School

Steven Vaughan researches the legal profession, corporate finance and environmental law. He spent almost a decade as a solicitor in the City of London advising multinational companies, governments, the UN and the World Bank.

As an academic, Steven has given advice to the European Parliament and worked with the British Standards Institute to develop the world’s ...

Email s.vaughan@bham.ac.uk