My background is in legal sector policy, and legal education and learning more specifically. I worked for the Law Society Group for 14 years between 2002-2017 during which time I have seen the solicitor profession undergo enormous change. As strategic policy adviser at Chancery Lane I worked on the Law Society’s response to the Clementi Review and was involved in the carving up of the Law Society post-Legal Services Act in 2007.
I then moved to the regulatory arm, the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA), where I was responsible for international re-qualification. During this time I developed and implemented the ground-breaking Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS). We drew upon best practice in the medical profession and internationally to develop an assessment framework which introduced realistic client contact tests within the first Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) in law, and embedded statistical methods to enable rigorous evaluation of the reliability of the tests. Many aspects of the QLTS and lessons learned are now being adapted for the proposed Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).
During this time I also developed specialist expertise in relation to the re-qualification of EU lawyers under the Directives and Morgenbesser, representing the SRA with government and in Brussels.
In 2014 I returned to the representative arm of the Law Society at Chancery Lane where, amongst other things, I led the Legal Education and Professional Standards, and Solicitor Brand workstreams of the Strategy 2020 project; researched and wrote the Global competitiveness of the England and Wales solicitor qualification report and began a project to improve quality assurance across education and training, with particular emphasis on assessments.
My career in law began at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where I qualified as a solicitor in the Real Estate team in 2002.
I am currently studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Assessment and Examinations at the University of Cambridge.