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Olivia Heininger

Olivia Heininger

Workshop leader, Burges Salmon LLP

Olivia is a solicitor in the planning and compulsory purchase team having qualified in September 2020 after training with the firm.

She has experience of a range of matters including nationally significant infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase and contentious matters including planning appeals and judicial review claims. Olivia has a particular interest in the energy sector.

Jennifer Wheater

Jennifer Wheater

Panellist, international counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Jenny Wheater is an international counsel in the firm’s Tax Department. She advises clients on the tax aspects of establishing and operating various types of investment funds, including private equity, debt and real estate funds, and on a variety of private equity transactions such as secondaries.

Sacha Wooldridge

Sacha Wooldridge

Workshop leader, partner , Birketts LLP

Sacha is a solicitor specialising in UK immigration and nationality law. Admitted to the roll of solicitors in September 2013 and with almost 10 years’ experience working with some of the world’s largest global businesses and their international employee mobility programmes, Sacha specialises in supporting business with their employee visa applications, immigration compliance and global mobility strategy.

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, private equity and special situations groups. He advises EU and US clients with complex regulatory, tax, financing and other structuring issues in all aspects of fund formation, most notably for senior and subordinated debt, venture debt and other credit fund strategies.

Iwan Williams

Iwan Williams

Workshop leader, partner, Michelmores LLP

Iwan is a Partner in Michelmores’ tax, trusts and succession team. Iwan deals with all aspects of estate and succession planning and has extensive experience of advising high net worth individuals and business-owning families in relation to a wide range of succession and tax matters.

Daniel Whittle

Daniel Whittle

Workshop leader and associate, Burges Salmon LLP

Daniel is an associate in the planning and compulsory purchase team. He trained at Burges Salmon before qualifying in 2017.

He has experience advising clients on a wide range of planning and CPO issues, including planning appeals, high court challenges, compulsory purchase order promotion and compensation and public rights of way.

Daniel has particular interest and experience in heritage planning issues, and has presented webinars and authored a range of articles on heritage law and policy.

Alexandra Gower

Alexandra Gower

Keynote speaker, panellist, partner, Osborne Clarke LLP

Alex specialises in non-contentious construction and engineering contract advice, working predominantly for developers, employers, funders and contractors across a range of development projects. Alex specialises in projects in the built environment sector with particular experience of residential and large mixed use regeneration schemes. Alex advises clients across the full range of residential development sub-sectors including build to sell, build to rent, later living developments and affordable housing. Recent experience also includes commercial development projects, projects in the life sciences and telecoms sectors and energy projects.

Sena Guvercin

Sena Guvercin

Panellist, trainee, Michelmores LLP

Sena completed a law degree at Oxford Brookes University in 2020 before going on to complete a LPC/LLM at The University of Law in Bristol. Sena joined Michelmores in August 2022 as a Trainee Solicitor after being a paralegal in the commercial property team at a different firm. Sena sits in the contentious probate team.

Freya Patten

Freya Patten

Panellist , The University of Law

Freya is a current LLM Legal Practice (SQE 1 and 2) at the University of Law, Moorgate. She did my PGDL with ULaw last year at the Bloomsbury Campus, and Environmental Science as her undergraduate degree. She has a Training Contract with DLA Piper, starting in 2024. She is planning on specialising in Environmental law.

Kathryn Knight

Kathryn Knight

Panellist, trainee, Birketts LLP

Kathryn joined Birketts in September 2022 and is a Trainee Solicitor based across our London and Ipswich offices. She is currently in her third seat which is split across the shipping and international trade team and the insurance and reinsurance team and assists on a broad range of contentious shipping and marine insurance matters, and insurance and reinsurance disputes.

Michael Ahyow

Michael Ahyow

Workshop leader, senior associate, Osborne Clarke LLP

Mike is a senior associate in the commercial team. 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 previously acted for major telecoms companies, high street retailers, online platforms, international media organisations, “triple A” video games developers and indie studios.

Mathew Grimwood

Mathew 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.

Harriet Kelsall

Harriet Kelsall

Panellist, trainee, TLT LLP

Harriet is a trainee Solicitor at TLT, currently on secondment to MAG Airports in a commercial role. Harriet is a Law and Politics LLB graduate from Cardiff University. LPC Graduate from University of Law, Manchester.

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