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What makes Practical Law unique? Members of our expert editorial team share their views
Neha Bajpaee is a dual qualified lawyer in India and the UK. She enrolled as an advocate with the Bar council of Delhi in 2005 and thereafter joined the dispute resolution team of Suri & Company, a Delhi based law firm where she worked on general commercial litigation and arbitration matters. In 2009, she joined Amarchand Mangaldas where she worked as a knowledge management associate for two years. Neha qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales after completing the qualified lawyers transfer scheme in 2014. Neha holds a masters degree in International Dispute Resolution from the University of London and a bachelors degree in law from the University of Delhi. She joined Practical Law in 2014 and is currently an International Know How Editor. Neha is a non-practising solicitor.
Rossella Brambilla is a former solicitor. She began her training at McKenzie Mills in 1994, and qualified into the corporate department of Withers in 1996. In 1997 she joined GE Financial Insurance, where she worked in the international section of the legal department, advising on commercial and IP law. She moved to Practical Law in April 1999, and is now an editor for Practical Law Global. Rossella is fluent in English and Italian.
Andre Brown, Senior International Commissioning Editor
Andre joined Practical Law in 2004 as a research editor for the Which lawyer? directory and headed the team from 2008 until 2012. During this time, he had a strong focus on the Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern markets. Andre is now a Senior Commissioning editor and works with our contributors to create Practical Law resources, as well as developing and maintaining our contributor relationships.
Sophie Cameron, Director of International Content
Sophie Cameron, Head of International Content and Head of Practical Law China Sophie was an editor for a magazine publisher before training as a solicitor in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s London office, where she qualified into the litigation department and completed a secondment to Reuters’ legal department.
Sophie then moved to the employment department of Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, where she specialised in contentious and advisory employment work for individuals and charities and regularly appeared in the employment tribunal.
Sophie was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Fawcett Society in 2005 and co-authored a report on the reform of gender equality legislation. Sophie joined Practical Law in 2004 as an editor for PL Employment and was Head of PL Public Sector from 2008 and 2012. Since 2012 she has focussed on our international content, launching PL China in 2013 and now managing the China, EU and international transaction guides teams. She has been managing our China service since its inception. Sophie studied at Cambridge University, City University and the College of Law. Sophie is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Maylis Campbell joined Practical Law in October 2012 as an EU Editor. Her career spans over 20 years of experience in EU policy and media work. Previously, she worked for the European Association for Information on Local Development (AEIDL) in Brussels. Within AEIDL, she held various positions including: EU Editor of a weekly bilingual newsletter for local and regional authorities in the EU, information officer for the European Observatory for Rural Development, webmaster for the EU's financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation project (LIFE programme), and more recently communications manager for the European Evaluation Network for Rural Development. Maylis also has experience of the Brussels lobbying environment having worked for two years at the European office of the Motoring Federations as information officer. Before moving to Brussels in 1993, she spent two years working for the Euro Info Centre for the Champagne region of France and the Economic Development Agency for the department of Aube, France. Bachelor of Arts (BA) in French and Music from Queen’s University, Belfast N.Ireland and Masters of Science (MSc) in Tourism, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland.
Helen Clarke studied History at the University of Leeds, graduating with a BA (Hons) in 2004. She then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course, before working as a paralegal at a leading healthcare law firm in London. Helen joined Practical Law Global as an editor in September 2008.
Jane-May Cross trained and qualified with Reed Smith. In 2008, she joined Practical Law as an editor in the Cross-border department, managing projects such as the Life Sciences, Corporate Real Estate and Investment Funds multi-jurisdictional guides. Jane-May was appointed a Practical Law China editor in September 2011. She speaks Cantonese, is learning Mandarin, is fluent in French, and holds a French law diploma. Jane-May studied at the University of Leicester, Université Jean Moulin (Lyon III) and the College of Law. Jane-May is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Stuart Fellows is a former solicitor. He read modern history at Hertford College, Oxford before completing the Common Professional Examination, the Legal Practice Course and the Professional Skills Course at the College of Law, London. Stuart then trained at Linklaters, including seats in the corporate, banking, real estate, litigation and tax departments. He qualified into the Real Estate Department at Freshfields and later worked as an assistant solicitor in the Commercial Property Department at Devonshires Solicitors in the City of London. He joined Practical Law Company in 2004 and works as a managing editor in the Practical Law Global team.
Vanessa Flatt graduated with an LLB (Hons) in Law and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London, specialising in Intellectual Property and Media and Entertainment Law. She then trained as an editor in legal academic publishing with Old Bailey Press before moving into professional legal publishing. Vanessa joined the editorial team for multi-jurisdicitonal publications in October 2010.
Umbereen Ghazi is a Commissioning Editor. Umbereen joined Practical Law in 2016, prior to which she spent over two years at LexisNexis, commissioning initially for the Banking & Finance and Pensions modules before being made responsible for the Corporate, Competition and International portfolios, across four product types. She now works with our editors and contributors to create Practical Law resources, as well as developing and maintaining our contributor relationships. Umbereen is currently commissioning for our international content offering.
Antonia Hatton joined Practical Law in September 2015 as an International Know How Editor. She qualified as a solicitor in September 2000 and went on to specialise in employment Law, litigation and personal injury before moving in-house at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in July 2007, where she worked for 8 years. Antonia advised on a wide range of international legal matters including corporate, commercial contracts, property, IP, employment, compliance and data protection in over 25 jurisdictions around the world. Antonia is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Katie Hillman studied law at SOAS (University of London), graduating with an LLB (Hons) in 2010. She then completed the Legal Practice Course, before working as an in-house paralegal at a large multi-national company in London. Katie joined the global editorial team at Practical Law Company in April 2013.
Adam Hunt graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Sussex in 2007. He then worked in the credit and corporate finance training division of Fitch Ratings in London, before completing an LPC at BPP Law School in 2010. He joined Practical Global in 2011.
Mark Ives is a former solicitor. He took a degree in Modern History at St Peter’s College Oxford. He trained as a solicitor at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert and qualified in 2001. He worked as a court reporter from the Royal Courts of Justice from 2003 to 2004. Mark joined Practical Law in 2005 and is now the deputy head of editorial for Practical Law multi-jurisdictional guides.
Helen Liao joined the team in January 2015 from Mayer Brown JSM. She has more than ten years' experience advising clients on employment and social security law in the PRC. Prior to joining the firm, Helen worked with a top-tier PRC firm advising big state-owned companies and multinational corporations on non-contentious and contentious employment matters. She has been recognised by the World Bank as an expert on PRC employment law. Helen holds an LLB in Economic Law from the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and an LLM in Commercial Law from the University of Bristol. She was admitted as a lawyer in PRC in 2006 and in Hong Kong in 2015 and is currently non-practising in both jurisdictions. Helen speaks native Mandarin, Cantonese and fluent English. Helen is based in Hong Kong.
Heleen van Lil-Gijbels joined Practical Law in December 2009 and is Head of Practical Law EU. Heleen studied Private and International Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Since then, she has worked as an in-house lawyer for the Rotterdam Port Authorities and as a knowledge management lawyer for several international law firms, including, Nauta Dutilh and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Claire Lipman is a former solicitor. She trained and qualified at Paisner and Co (now Berwin Leighton Paisner), where she worked for some 13 years in their dispute resolution department. In addition to practising in all areas of general commercial litigation, Claire specialises in international arbitration and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She has contributed a chapter in ADR and Commercial Disputes, published by Sweet and Maxwell. Claire joined Practical Law Dispute Resolution as a Senior Editor in July 2007.
Jo Luker qualified in 1993 with Herbert Smith, where she worked on a range of commercial litigation and arbitration disputes. In 2000 she joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a practice development lawyer providing professional support to the firm's litigation and international arbitration lawyers. Jo co-authored the "Global Overview" chapter of Arbitration World (2004), a multi-jurisdictional guide for arbitration practitioners. Jo joined Practical Law Dispute Resolution as a Senior Editor in October 2006. Jo is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Laura Marianello joined Practical Law in February 2016 as an International Know How Editor. She is an English and Italian qualified lawyer. She trained as a barrister in Italy and qualified in October 2001. While in private practice, she advised Italian and foreign investment funds, listed and private companies on domestic and cross-border M&A and corporate and commercial matters. In November 2004, she moved in-house and joined Birra Peroni as General Counsel. In this role, she established, organised and managed the group Legal Affairs Department, including managing the group’s acquisition by SABMiller plc. In March 2008, she qualified as solicitor in England and Wales after completing her QLTT. In her last role, as an Executive Director in the Legal Department of Morgan Stanley, she advised the real estate investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley on a diverse range of complex UK, cross-border and international projects, transactions and day-to-day issues. Laura holds a law degree (cum laude) from LUISS “Guido Carli” University of Rome and an LLM from King’s College London. She is fluent in Italian, English and French. Laura is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Julian Mazowiecki read Geography at UCL before embarking on a career in the law. He completed the GDL and the LPC at the College of Law, Bloomsbury. After that, he spent a year in Brussels, working at both the European Commission (in telecoms regulation) and the European Parliament (for a Polish MEP). He joined Practical Law EU as a paralegal in March 2012 and became an Assistant Editor in July 2013
Aditi Mene studied Law at King’s College London, followed by an MSc in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the LPC at the Inns of Court School of Law. She joined Practical Law in 2007. She is a Market Practice Analyst for the Cross-border team, and writes about key market trends and legal and commercial developments for a variety of practice areas.
Rayna Moore was called to the Bar in July 2005. She joined Practical Law in March 2006 as an editor on the multi-jurisdictional guides. Rayna has been Practical Law Global's head of editorial for multi-jurisdictional publications since 2009. Rayna is non-practising.
Nico Kewei Ni, Practical Law China Editor
Before Nico joined the team, she worked in the corporate finance industry for five years with licences (types 1 & 6) under the Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong. She accumulated experience and knowledge of Hong Kong Listing Rules and the Takeovers Code in the different corporate finance activities such as IPO, M&A, restructuring, asset recovery for Hong Kong listed companies and mainland China corporates.
Nico completed a Masters degree study in International Journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University and she holds a Bachelor degree in Law from the law school of South China University of Technology. Nico was also a freelance writer for Hong Kong Trade Development Council. She speaks Mandarin, English and Cantonese.
Suzie Noble graduated from Bournemouth University with an LLB Honours Degree in Business Law in 2000 and has worked as a paralegal for Denton Wilde Sapte and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. Suzie worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for over 5 years, firstly as a professional support paralegal for the litigation team and then as a practice development executive for the international arbitration team. Suzie joined Practical Law in August 2008 and is an Editor for the Arbitration team.
Theresa Di Perna joined Practical Law in September 2014 as Commissioning Editor. Theresa studied Public and Comparative International Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Since then, she has worked as a Research Fellow at the Center for International Financial Crimes Studies, University of Florida Levin College of Law and earned an LL.M in Human Rights Law at the University of Essex (UK). Theresa also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (Contracts and Jurisprudence) at the University of Essex and co-taught the Foundations of Human Rights (Law) at the university’s Human Rights Center.
Antoni Peychev joined Practical Law from BLM, where he worked as a defence litigation paralegal specialising in occupational disease claims. He also has experience in other fields such as Retail Banking and Media Communications. Antoni did his LLB degree at the University of Kent where he actively took part in the award- winning Kent Law Clinic. In 2011, Antoni was awarded the Law Society Diversity Access Scheme Scholarship and went on to do his LPC at BPP Law School. He has taken part in various pro- bono and volunteer initiatives, some of which include the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) and Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED). Antoni joined Practical Law in June 2014 as a paralegal with the Dispute Resolution team and is currently an Editor with the Global team.
Kahn Priestley is a former solicitor and a specialist legal editor. She has a law degree and a master's in law, plus an MA in creative writing. Kahn qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and worked in niche small- and medium-sized firms in London and Sussex for ten years. She wrote and launched her first website in 2000 and was a freelance writer and editor for major academic publishers, digital businesses, and law and compliance firms before joining Thomson Reuters as a senior editor in 2015.
Rebecca Du Rietz studied law in France and has an LLM in European Legal Studies from Bristol University. She later completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law. Rebecca previously worked as a legal researcher for Coram Children’s Legal Centre and as an advice writer at Citizens Advice. She joined Practical Law Global in May 2016 as a commissioning editor. She is fluent in French, Swedish and English.
Ivelin Rusev graduated Law LLB (Hons) at Queen Mary University of London in 2013. Following his graduation, he worked in e-commerce and then as paralegal in a financial technology company while doing the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law (Bloomsbury). Ivelin joined Practical Law in August 2016 as Editorial Associate in the Practical Law Global Guides team.
Catherine Schmitz joined Practical Law in December 2009 as an EU Editor. She has worked in EU affairs for the past 20 years. After a few years with a pan-European industry federation she spent four years at the European Commission before joining the Brussels office of an American law firm. She then joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where she spent 10 years in the EU knowledge management team, mainly monitoring developments in EU legislation and policy, producing current awareness materials and providing assistance to fee-earners. She has a Masters in Translation and a certificate in European Studies from UCL (Belgium).
Saira Singh qualified as a solicitor in 1994 with Lovell White Durrant (now Hogan Lovells LLP), where she specialised in commercial and insurance litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on contractual disputes and professional negligence claims. In 2001, she became a professional support lawyer in the dispute resolution and arbitration practice at Lovells. She joined Practical Law in May 2009 and is now Head of Arbitration. Saira is currently a non-practising solicitor. She also sits as a Deputy District Judge (Civil) on the Midland Circuit.
Steven Skulnik joined Practical Law from Ganfer & Shore LLP, where he was counsel in the litigation department. His practice focused on commercial and employment litigation and arbitration. He previously was counsel at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP and a partner at Pavia & Harcourt LLP. He is a Panel Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and other arbitration and mediation providers and was named a Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters) for Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Anna Sulowska studied law at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland and the Université de Montpellier I. She holds a Master’s degree in EU law and has completed the GDL and the LPC. She joined Practical Law in 2012. She has worked in the Corporate team and the EU team (Brussels office) before becoming an editor in the Global team. She speaks Polish, English and French.
Roosje Watson completed her training contract at Wragge & Co, now WLG Gowling, in 2013. During her training contract Roosje spent 6 months on secondment to Unilever UK, providing legal support to the company’s marketing function. Roosje has over three years’ post qualification experience both in house, and in private practice. On qualification Roosje joined Addleshaw Goddard’s real estate team as an associate. She spent two years as a solicitor in the legal team at national science and innovation centre, The Centre for Process Innovation, advising on commercial, IP, property and employment matters. Roosje is a non-practising solicitor.
Jenna Woodfine graduated from the University of Manchester in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in French and German. As part of her degree course, Jenna spent a year working in Paris. She went on to study the GDL and the LPC at the College of Law, Chester. She joined Practical Law in July 2008 as a paralegal for Practical Law Property, Environment and Construction. Jenna has been working with Practical Law EU since May 2010 and became an Assistant Editor in January 2011. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in EU Law from King’s College London and is currently studying for an MA in EU law.
Charlotte Wylie graduated from Selwyn College, Cambridge in 2012, with a BA (Hons) in Chinese Studies. During her undergraduate degree, she spent a year studying at Peking University in Beijing. In June 2014, she completed the GDL and joined Practical Law Global as an Assistant Editor in September 2014. She is currently studying for the LPC at the University of Law (London Bloomsbury).
Vivian Yuan, Head of Practical Law China
Vivian joined the team in September 2014 from Mayer Brown JSM where she had worked since 2004 in the Shanghai office and once completed a secondment to the firm’s Hong Kong office between 2005 to 2007 and also a secondment to the legal department of Dow Chemical Greater China subsequently in 2010. While with Mayer Brown JSM, she had built up her expertise and knowledge with practice areas focused on PRC real estate investment, project finance, foreign direct investment and general corporate matters. She also once worked on hospitality and leisure projects and employment law matters.
Prior to her private practice, Vivian was an auditor in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s Shanghai office between 2001 to 2003. Vivian was admitted to the PRC Bar in 2004 and the New York State Bar in 2010 and is currently non-practising in both jurisdictions. She speaks native Mandarin and fluent English.
Bojana Zimonic graduated with a BA in Law from UCL in 2010. She has worked with several NGOs specialising in environmental law and access to justice, before moving to Brussels in October 2010 in order to pursue an interest in EU matters. She joined Practical Law EU as a paralegal in July 2011 and became an Assistant Editor in July 2013.