Manchester Speakers

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experienced recruiters and other leading industry figures. Our speakers will be confirmed shortly.

David Spencer

David Spencer

Workshop leader, partner, BLM

David is a partner in BLM’s Manchester office, dealing with catastrophic and fatal injury claims involving complex liability issues, brain and spinal injury, amputations, serious orthopaedic injuries and chronic pain. He has been appointed panel solicitor for liability claims involving the UK governing bodies of two and four wheeled motorsport and heads BLM’s sports practice group.

Matthew Germain

Matthew Germain

Panellist, partner, Osborne Clarke LLP

Matthew is a partner in the environment group. He is ranked in the leading UK legal directories for environmental law and acts for a broad range of clients across a number of sectors, including waste and recycling, real estate, renewables, utilities, tech, media and comms, banking, private equity and retail.

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.

Mark Hovell

Mark Hovell

Workshop leader, partner, Mills & Reeve LLP

Mark is a highly experienced sports lawyer and insolvency practitioner, heading up Mills & Reeve’s sports sector. He specialises in regulatory, governance, commercial and financial matters, across all sports, both in the UK and across the world. Additionally he sits regularly as an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and The FA’s regulatory commissions.

Clare Durkin

Clare Durkin

Panellist, partner, BLM

Clare is a partner in BLM’s commercial litigation department with over 10 years’ experience. She has extensive trial experience having acted in numerous High Court and Court of Appeals trials, arbitrations and judicial reviews for both claimants and defendants.

James Harvey

James Harvey

Workshop leader, partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

James is a corporate partner in London, advising on a wide range of private equity and M&A transactions including both domestic and cross-border acquisitions, sales of companies, joint ventures and general corporate advisory work.
Giles Chesher

Giles Chesher

Workshop leader, partner, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Giles Chesher in a partner in the global corporate practice. He is based in our Manchester office, where he heads up the Manchester corporate team. Giles’ particular expertise covers mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and private equity. He has worked on a number of high-profile private equity and M&A transactions in the local, national and international markets, acting for a wide variety of corporate and institutional clients.

Debra Cooper

Debra Cooper

Panellist, partner, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Debra Cooper is based in Squire Patton Boggs’ Manchester office and specialises in advising banks and borrowers on real estate finance matters. Debra also has experience of advising clients on acquisition finance transactions and general corporate lending on both bilateral and syndicated transactions and she is also regularly instructed on cross border transactions. Debra acts for all of the mainstream UK clearing banks plus a number of other borrower clients.

James Szerdy

James Szerdy

Workshop leader, partner, DWF Group Plc

James is a partner in the banking team with experience in all aspects of corporate lending including acquisition finance, real estate finance and restructuring. James has specialist expertise in wholesale automotive finance and has led a number of restructures, turnarounds and workouts.

Samantha Hope

Samantha Hope

Panellist, graduate recruitment manager, Shoosmiths

Samantha is Shoosmiths’ Graduate Recruitment Manager based in Milton Keynes. She recruits and develops trainee solicitors, coordinating the summer vacation placements and training contracts across the firm’s 13 office locations from Southampton to Edinburgh. Samantha possesses an in-depth knowledge and interest in the use of digital media in recruitment and marketing, and manages events both on campus, in-house, and digitally to develop and assess skills of future talent.

Liz Wallace

Liz Wallace

Workshop leader, partner, BLM

Liz joined BLM in 2013 with 18 years of experience in the defendant personal injury sector. She is an experienced catastrophic injury lawyer handling complex and high value employers’ liability, public liability and motor claims for large insurers. Liz specialises in dealing with cases of the utmost severity including brain injury, severe multiple injury, amputation and spinal matters.

Lisa Tye

Lisa Tye

Keynote speaker and workshop leader, partner, Shoosmiths

Lisa is a partner and joint-head of Shoosmiths’ planning and environment team, driving the team’s growth forward across the UK. An experienced planning lawyer, she acts on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious planning matters, including compulsory purchase work, drafting and negotiation complex Section 106 agreements, judicial review and infrastructure agreements.

Jane Wood

Jane Wood

Panellist, course leader and principal lecturer, Nottingham Law School

Jane is the course leader for the LLM Legal Practice Course and teaches on the GDL at Nottingham Law School she has a wealth of experience in the legal profession having been a private client solicitor for over 30 years, combining her academic career in England and France with work in private practice and local authorities.

Caroline Dean

Caroline Dean

Panellist, partner and training principal, Mills & Reeve LLP

Caroline is a specialist real estate partner and lawyer specialising in real estate development work and landlord and tenant work. Caroline leads the firm’s real estate team in Norwich. She is also the training principal for Mills & Reeve which means she has overall responsibility for selecting future lawyers who apply to be trainees with the firm and certifying their training when they qualify.

Lara Machnicki

Lara Machnicki

Panellist, graduate recruitment and development manager, Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Lara is responsible for the graduate recruitment and trainee development programme at Weil. This involves attracting and recruiting candidates for Weil’s vacation and fast track schemes, as well as acting as the main point of HR for all current trainees. Lara has extensive experience of legal graduate recruitment, having trained as a solicitor herself, and having worked in graduate recruitment and trainee development roles in city law firms for the past 10 years.

Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker

Panellist, emerging talent specialist, DWF Group Plc

Sarah Tucker is the emerging talent specialist at DWF Group Plc, based in Manchester. She has been at the business since December 2017.

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