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.

Emily Carroll

Emily Carroll

CEPLER Teaching Fellow

Birmingham Law School

Emily completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Law and an LLM before qualifying as a solicitor in 2005. Emily practised at Walker Morris and Shoosmiths LLP before joining Birmingham Law School in September 2014. Emily is a teaching fellow within Birmingham Law School’s Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER).  Her role within CEPLER includes co-ordinating ...

Telephone 0121 414 7025

Email e.j.carroll@bham.ac.uk

Lesley Griffiths

Administrator, CEPLER

Birmingham Law School

Lesley supports the extra-curricular, and careers-related activities in the Law School, which includes devising and coordinating the CEPLER Professional Development (CPD) Scheme. She has managed a specialist Legal Bookshop, and spent several years in Professional Services Marketing working with the Birmingham legal and business communities.

Telephone 0121 414 3172

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

Professor Robert Lee

Professor Robert Lee

Professor
CEPLER Director

Birmingham Law School

Professor Robert Lee is the Director of the Centre for Legal Education and Research at the University of Birmingham. He has acted as specialist adviser to the European Parliament, the European Commission, the House of Commons and the National Assembly for Wales and has worked for the Department for the Environment in Northern Ireland (drafting environmental legislation), the ...

Telephone 0121 414 5864

Email r.g.lee@bham.ac.uk

Miss Theresa Lynch

Miss Theresa Lynch

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

Birmingham Law School

Theresa is the Director of Advocacy at Birmingham Law. She is a Teaching Fellow and 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 their ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 6315

Email b.malkani@bham.ac.uk

Emma Oakley

Emma Oakley

Research Fellow

Birmingham Law School

Emma’s research interests lie broadly in the areas of policing and other forms of governance. She is particularly interested in decision-making, interaction and practice in key social institutions. She is especially interested in the relationship between situated practice, formal and informal governance mechanisms – law, policy, institutional sub-cultures, for example – and ...

Telephone 0121 414 6285

Email e.l.oakley@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 and CEPLER Manager

Birmingham Law School

Linden joined Birmingham Law School in September 2013.  As supervising solicitor she is responsible for coordinating the School's pro bono programme, which includes the Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group, the SIFA Fireside Clinic, the Birmingham Environmental Law Foundation Clinic and many other projects.
 
In April 2014 Linden also took on the role of Manager of the Centre for ...

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 first publicly accredited ...

Telephone 0121 414 3233

Email s.vaughan@bham.ac.uk