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Matt Morrow

Matt Morrow

Workshop leader, associate, Jones Day

Matt practices commercial litigation with a focus on complex disputes. He has acted for large corporations in a wide range of matters, including fraud, asset tracing, and construction disputes.

Rob Morson

Rob Morson

Panellist, partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

Rob is part of the firm’s construction and project solutions team. He specialises in the delivery of energy, natural resource/mining and infrastructure projects. Rob is Africa-focused with extensive experience in construction advisory and global supply chain project execution mandates, including many across the continent.

Katy Dixon

Katy Dixon

Panellist, first-seat trainee, Burges Salmon LLP

Katy is currently a first-year trainee in Burges Salmon’s dispute resolution department. She previously completed a zoology degree at the University of Exeter and then her GDL at BPP Leeds. Katy attended Burges Salmon’s 2020 summer vacation scheme after which she accepted a training contract offer. She then worked for a year at a regional firm based in West Yorkshire as a legal assistant before completing her LPC at the University of Law Bristol.

Sophie Walker

Sophie Walker

Workshop leader, solicitor, Michelmores LLP

Sophie is a solicitor in the commercial team.
Sophie completed her LPC and GDL at the University of Law, Bristol before joining Michelmores. Sophie previously worked as a commercial paralegal at Osborne Clarke.
Sophie’s hobbies include reading, skiing and spending time with her family.
Tiani Purton-Clark

Tiani Purton-Clark

Workshop leader, associate, Jones Day

Tiani practices arbitration and litigation with a focus on resolving complex disputes. She has acted for large corporations and individuals in a wide range of matters, including contractual disputes, contentious insolvency matters, and construction disputes.

Michael Ahyow

Michael Ahyow

Workshop leader, senior associate, Osborne Clarke LLP

Mike is a senior associate in the commercial team at Osborne Clarke.

He acts for clients in technology-driven and creative industries on matters relating to IT sourcing, software development and licensing, digital distribution, e-commerce and consumer, intellectual property exploitation, marketing and data privacy. He has a specialist interest in interactive entertainment and advises on a range of digital distribution, marketing, intellectual property, data privacy, consumer and regulatory issues within the sector.

Tatiana Menezes

Tatiana Menezes

Panellist, third-seat trainee, Michelmores LLP

Tatiana is currently a trainee in the commercial team based in the Exeter office, having joined the firm in 2021. Previous seat rotations included contentious probate and transactional real estate. Tatiana obtained a law LLB degree at Bournemouth University which included a professional placement year as a paralegal in private practice. Prior to completing the LPC MSc in law, business and management at the University of Law in London and starting at Michelmores, Tatiana worked as a paralegal for over five years for a major online fashion brand and a FTSE 250 online software and gaming business.

Adam Quint

Adam Quint

Workshop leader, associate, Michelmores

Adam is an associate in the corporate team, based in our Bristol office and working across the firm’s Bristol, Exeter and London offices. Adam acts for companies and individuals and assists with a wide variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, company reorganisations, governance advice and general corporate matters.

Adam studied law at the University of Exeter before completing his Legal Practice Course in Bristol. Adam then completed his training contract at Michelmores, undertaking seats in the corporate and commercial, education and private client teams across the firm’s Exeter and Bristol offices. He also has experience in advising charities and not-for-profit organisations after working in a national firm’s charities department.

Matthew Broadbent

Matthew Broadbent

Moderator, Business development director, LawCareersNetLIVE

Matthew is the business development director of LawCareers.Net and The LawCareers.Net Handbook. He has been in legal publishing for over two decades and knows exactly what makes the world of graduate recruitment spin, speaking regularly to students and recruiters about careers in law.

Shazia Bashir

Shazia Bashir

Panellist, partner, TLT LLP

Shazia is a partner in the housing and regeneration team with over 15 years’ experience of advising registered providers, local authorities and private developers. Shazia specialises in complex development and housing-led regeneration schemes and has experience of advising on development acquisitions, disposals and funding.

Shazia is known by her clients for her drive and commitment to get important and difficult projects through. She has been ranked as a Next Generation Partner in the Legal 500 UK since 2019 and has been ranked in Band 4 in the 2023 edition of Chambers and Partners UK.

Miles Aho

Miles Aho

Panellist, third-seat trainee, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Miles Aho received his B.A. in history from Hertford College, Oxford, in 2018, completing his Graduate Diploma in law and Legal Practice Course at BPP and the University of Law in 2020 and 2021. Prior to accepting his training contract offer from Debevoise, Miles worked as an analyst for a financial PR agency in London, with a focus on investor relations. Having joined Debevoise in September 2021, Miles is currently in his third seat, and is part of the funds team based in the London office. In previous rotations, Miles has worked in both insurance M&A and in the firm’s IDRG (international dispute resolution group), with a focus on High Court litigation and international arbitration.

Matt Grimwood

Matt Grimwood

Workshop leader, partner, TLT LLP

Matthew is a partner in the real estate team and specialises in the property aspects of future energy transactions.

Having dedicated his entire career to the future energy industry, Matthew has been at the vanguard of TLT’s “first of a kind” strategy which aims to drive transition to an improved energy system by broadening the availability and accessibility of contributing technologies.

Matthew has acted for developers, funders and landowners in connection with several hundred wind, solar, battery, biomass, hydro, anaerobic digestion and other waste to energy projects. As well as working extensively on the property arrangements for electric vehicles in recent years.

Matt Joseph

Matt Joseph

Workshop leader, solicitor, Pinsent Masons LLP

Matt has a significant amount of experience advising shareholders of private companies on their sale to corporate and private equity buyers including by way of competitive auction sale processes. Matt also has excellent experience advising corporate and private equity buyers on their private company acquisitions and general strategic M&A so understands issues facing buyers and sellers. Clients have noted Matt’s calm and measured approach in his dealings and as being excellent quality during what otherwise can be a stressful period for businesses and their management teams. Matt is also known for his hard work, ability to work well with client teams and excellent project management skills.

Nicholas Grewal

Nicholas Grewal

Panellist, associate director, Osborne Clarke LLP

Nick is an associate director in Osborne Clarke’s project’s team, specialising in construction, development and infrastructure. Nick advises developers, contractors, funders, employers and the public sector.

Nick provides advice in relation to procurement, contract drafting and negotiation, and project delivery to clients in various sectors including infrastructure, residential and commercial development, and energy.

John Anderson

John Anderson

Workshop leader, international counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

John Anderson is an international counsel in the London office, and a member of the funds/investment management and private equity groups. He advises clients in all aspects of fund formation, including with Luxembourg and non-European fund structures, most notably for senior and subordinated credit fund strategies. He also regularly advises on separate account arrangements, including for EU institutional clients with complex regulatory and tax issues.

Claire Graham

Claire Graham

Keynote speaker, partner, TLT LLP

Claire is a partner with over 20 years’ commercial litigation experience.

Claire advises insolvency practitioners on contentious insolvency matters (including breaches of fiduciary duties and civil recovery actions). Claire has acted for the Insolvency Service for 20 years advising them in respect of company law and insolvency issues including investigations, director duties and public interest winding up.

Claire heads a team of investigators carrying out investigations into trading limited companies on behalf of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy, insolvent companies on behalf of insolvency practitioners and directors on behalf of the Insolvency Service.

Claire also has extensive expertise in commercial litigation and acts in respect of data privacy cases, procurement disputes and general contractual claims for bodies such as the Department of Health.

Claire is a certified investigator, is recognised as an expert in the field of dispute resolution by Legal 500 and is chair of the North West Fraud Forum.

Giulia Joynt

Giulia Joynt

Panellist, second-year trainee, Jones Day

Giulia is currently a second-year trainee at Jones Day experiencing the non-rotational training system. Prior to this, Giulia studied international politics at KCL before completing a law degree at UCL and the LPC with her cohort. Giulia completed a vacation scheme at the firm in spring 2021.

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