Bristol Speakers

Learn from those who have already succeeded; senior legal practitioners,
experienced recruiters and other leading industry figures. Our speakers will be confirmed shortly.

Catherine Wolfenden

Catherine Wolfenden

Keynote speaker, partner, Osborne Clarke LLP

Catherine is a partner in Osborne Clarke’s regulatory disputes practice and leads the firm’s regulatory group. Catherine is a recognised expert in public and utilities regulated procurement and is Tier 1 Ranked in Chambers & Partners for public procurement. She has been advising public bodies, regulated utilities and suppliers as a specialist in procurement law, compliance and litigation, for 15 years. Catherine advises on the procurement of major contracts, including concessions, across all of Osborne Clarke’s sectors.

Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah

Workshop leader, partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

Sonal specialises in PPP transactions, concessions and other large infrastructure projects and focusses particularly on transport and defence projects.

Tom Sampford

Tom Sampford

Workshop leader, senior associate, Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Tom  has a background in dealing with legal expense funded claims and has a particularly specialism in clinical negligence claims. He trained with Stones (who merged with Trowers) before gaining experience in clinical negligence matters at DAC Beachcroft. He deals with all of the foreign jurisdiction clinical negligence claims. A fluent German speaker and keen skier, he works within the team but specialises in clinical negligence issues, general travel insurance coverage advice and ski and winter sports liability claims.

Nick Pike

Nick Pike

Workshop leader, partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

Nick is a restructuring specialist with 30 years’ experience in the sector.

Alice Gardner

Alice Gardner

Workshop leader, partner, TLT LLP

Alice specialises in mergers, acquisitions and disposals of companies and businesses. She regularly works on management buy-outs, investment and shareholder agreements, share buybacks and corporate reorganisations and is head of TLT’s company secretarial team.

Keith Mitchelhill

Keith Mitchelhill

Panellist, graduate recruitment and development advisor, Womble Bond Dickinson

Keith Mitchelhill is a graduate recruitment and development advisor for Womble Bond Dickinson, his role involves attending workshops and careers fairs to provide support for the application process and deliver information around the firm. Keith also helps oversees the development of the trainees as they undertake their training contract, acting as a central point of contact throughout the two years.

Charles Waddell

Charles Waddell

Panellist, partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

Charles is a corporate partner in Pinsent Masons’ Tier 1 ranked life sciences practice. His main focus is on VC financings, IPOs and M&A in the biotech and medtech sector.

Caroline Bush

Caroline Bush

Workshop leader, senior associate, Osborne Clarke LLP

Caroline is a senior associate in the projects team. She works for clients across a number of sectors, including renewables, energy, environmental, commercial, retail, residential and industrial developments. Her typical work includes providing regulatory and environmental advice to clients working in the energy and utilities sector, or advising in relation to the construction and operation of renewables assets and commercial buildings. She joined Osborne Clarke as a trainee in 2012 and qualified as an associate in 2014.

Sarah Hoskinson

Sarah Hoskinson

Workshop leader, partner, Burges Salmon LLP

Sarah specialises in complex financial settlements on divorce and asset protection issues, including pre and post marital agreements. She handles cases with significant and/or complex assets, income, corporate or trust issues and international elements.

Will Sefton

Will Sefton

Workshop leader, partner, RPC

Will Sefton specialises in defending professionals and company directors, and advising liability insurers on policy coverage. Will and his team act for directors facing the full range of claims, including from liquidators/administrators and investors and those involved in unfair prejudice proceedings. He advises a number of the major D&O insurers on coverage issues on both commercial and financial institution risks.

Olly Jones

Olly Jones

Workshop leader, partner, Simmons & Simmons LLP

Olly specialises in strategic employment law matters such as a highly sensitive people risk management problems, complex litigation, business protection matters and whistleblowing. He acts across a broad range of sectors with a particular focus on financial institutions, asset management & investment funds and FinTech.

Rob Morris

Rob Morris

Panellist, partner, RPC

Robert Morris specialises in professional indemnity and financial institutions dispute resolution work. Robert is an expert in dealing with claims against accountants, financial professionals of all kinds and insurance brokers. He has a particular interest in insurance policy coverage issues and regularly advises on complex coverage disputes.

Jonathan Bower

Jonathan Bower

Workshop leader, partner, Womble Bond Dickinson

Jonathan is a partner, planning and infrastructure team leader and head of responsible business in Bristol. Jonathan specialises in the delivery of infrastructure projects and advises clients on development consent orders, planning applications, appeals, section 106 planning agreements, highway agreements and enforcement including advocacy.

Hazel Stubbs

Hazel Stubbs

Panellist, graduate recruitment advisor, Simmons & Simmons LLP

Hazel looks after the attraction and selection process for all trainees at Simmons & Simmons. This includes running events, open days and vacation schemes as well as screening candidates’ applications and managing assessment centres.

Anna Dixon

Anna Dixon

Panellist, resourcing business partner, Burges Salmon LLP

Anna manages the trainee solicitor and legal apprentice recruitment at Burges Salmon. Her previous role with the firm was with the L&D team so she has a good understanding in all areas of the trainee solicitor programme.

Ed Fiddick

Ed Fiddick

Panellist, partner, TLT LLP

Ed has extensive experience in a wide range of high level contentious work, including significant High Court and national and international arbitration proceedings. He advises major clients on litigation involving a variety of contract disputes (including warranty and indemnity claims), negligence claims, and related causes of action. He regularly acts in cases involving the breach of restrictive covenants and confidentiality, defamation, and commercial agencies.

Paula Moffatt

Paula Moffatt

Panellist, director of external engagement, Nottingham Law School

Paula is a Professor of Banking and Insolvency Law and after joining Nottingham Law School in 2003 has taught on the postgraduate vocational and master’s programmes. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has experience of curriculum design and development in both the academic and vocational postgraduate arena. Paula has also developed specialist training for paralegals working in the capital markets division of the European Investment Bank.

Alison Rutherford

Alison Rutherford

Workshop leader, head of bids, Womble Bond Dickinson

Alison is head of bids at Womble Bond Dickinson.

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