My background is in legal sector policy, and legal education and assessment more specifically. I worked for the Law Society Group for 14 years between 2002-2017 during which time I developed my expertise in professional education, qualifications and assessment.
From 2009-2014 I was responsible for international re-qualification at the Law Society’s independent regulatory arm, the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA). 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).
Inevitably during this period I developed my specialist knowledge of assessment, twice attending the St George’s Advanced Assessment course and conducting a validation exercise of the Higher Rights of Audience qualification.
In the Summer 2017 I completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Assessment and Examinations at the University of Cambridge run in conjunction with Cambridge Assessment. My assignments related to the validity of the SQE, and empirical research into the causes of distrust in a postgraduate Masters programme marking scheme, and how this could be ameliorated.
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.