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Raichel Hopkinson is the head of Practical Law Dispute Resolution. Raichel was a partner in the dispute resolution department at Denton Wilde Sapte for 5 years, specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration, before she joined Practical Law in January 2010. Raichel is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Beverley Barton qualified as a solicitor in 1993. She trained at Linklaters, where she stayed for six years following qualification, working on a wide range of general commercial litigation cases, including a number involving competition law issues. Subsequently, at CMS Cameron McKenna and Arnold & Porter, she practised as a litigator in a team specialising in pharmaceuticals-related work, and gained valuable trial experience on cases including Re Medicaments, the last ever case in the Restrictive Practices Court. In 2005, she moved to the role of litigation Professional Support Lawyer: first at Eversheds, and then at Bond Pearce. She joined Practical Law as a Senior Editor in the Dispute Resolution team in October 2008. Beverley is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Martha Castaneda Wilcox qualified as a solicitor in 2004 with Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills LLP) where she specialised in insurance and reinsurance litigation. She has worked on a wide range of disputes including professional negligence claims against insurance brokers and solicitors, and insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes relating to business interruption, employers’ liability and directors’ & officers’ insurance. She joined Practical Law Dispute Resolution as a Senior Editor in June 2012 from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Martha is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Emma Chown qualified as a solicitor in 1992 having trained at Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, where she stayed for five years following qualification, working in the commercial litigation department. In 1997 Emma joined Richards Butler as the first professional support lawyer in the commercial litigation department. She played an important role in developing their award-winning know-how database. She joined Practical Law Dispute Resolution as a Senior Editor from Richards Butler in March 2006. Emma is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Janet Currier qualified as a solicitor in 1998 having trained at CMS Cameron McKenna. On qualification Janet joined CMS Cameron McKenna's banking and international finance team, where she specialised in contentious corporate recovery and banking litigation. She joined Practical Law Dispute Resolution as a Senior Editor from CMS Cameron McKenna in February 2006. Janet is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Rosalind Green qualified as a solicitor in 2005 with Capsticks LLP, where she specialised in commercial litigation. She has dealt with a wide variety of cases in the healthcare sector, including fraud claims, challenges under EU procurement law, contract disputes and defamation (including work in the Court of Appeal), Rosalind joined Practical Law Dispute Resolution as a Senior Editor from Capsticks in July 2016, and is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Nev Illingworth-Law qualified as a solicitor at Lewis Silkin in 1998. From 2007 he was the litigation professional support lawyer at Mishcon de Reya. Nev is an experienced litigator with particular expertise in costs law, the civil procedure rules, insolvency, e-disclosure and contract law. He especially enjoys the tactical side to litigation. He joined the Practical Law Dispute Resolution team, as Ask Editor, in March 2014. Nev is currently a non-practising solicitor.
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.
Natalie McEvoy qualified as a solicitor in 2005. She trained at Linklaters and qualified into the Litigation department there, where she worked on trials in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council and gained her Higher Rights of Audience. She moved to Schillings to practice media litigation, dealing with pre- and post- publication defamation and privacy disputes, before gaining in-house experience as Senior Advisor at the IFPI, the trade association for the recording industry. Subsequently, Natalie moved back into private practice, as Professional Support Lawyer at Mishcon de Reya, with particular expertise in civil procedure. She joined Practical Law Dispute Resolution in June 2016. Natalie is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Claire Monkhouse qualified as a solicitor in 2004. Claire then spent 10 years with Eaton Smith LLP in West Yorkshire, where she practised in the dispute resolution department, dealing with a wide range of civil and commercial litigation, as well as becoming an accredited mediator. Claire joined the Practical Law team as a Senior Editor in August 2016 and is a non-practising solicitor.
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.
Susan Scott qualified as a solicitor in 1992. She trained with Norton Rose and joined Practical Law Dispute Resolution as a Senior Editor in February 2006 from Simmons & Simmons, where she was a member of the commercial litigation department, specialising in professional negligence disputes. She has broad litigation experience (including multi-party actions and trials) and has acted extensively for insurers and a wide range of insured professionals. Susan is currently a non-practising solicitor.
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.
Natalie Stopps was called to the Bar in 2000. Natalie practised at Fountain Court between 2001 and 2010, maintaining a broad commercial and civil practice with an emphasis on complex contractual disputes, civil fraud, banking litigation and professional disciplinary/regulatory matters. Natalie joined Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP in 2011, spending 3 years in the Commercial Litigation, Civil Fraud and Asset Recovery Department. Her practice at Peters & Peters focused on large scale commercial disputes, frequently with an international dimension. Natalie joined Practical Law in August 2015 as a Senior Editor in the Dispute Resolution team. She is currently a non-practising barrister.
Pia-Cody Styles qualified in 1999, having trained at Travers Smith. She has dealt with a broad range of disputes including claims in the Commercial Court and has taken a number of cases to trial. She joined Practical Law Dispute Resolution as a Senior Editor from Travers Smith in April 2006. She is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Lucy Swallow qualified in 2002. She trained and worked at Norton Rose for six years in their commercial dispute resolution team working primarily on insurance and reinsurance disputes and professional negligence claims. She moved to Lanyon Bowdler in Shropshire in 2006 where she worked for six years doing a broad range of civil and commercial litigation for both private and corporate clients. Lucy joined Practical Law as a Senior Editor in December 2012 and is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Ariane Tadayyon qualified as solicitor in 2014 and has been involved with a variety of contentious matters, including commercial disputes, intellectual property cases, insolvency and enforcement of judgments. Ariane completed a traineeship at the European Commission in 2011. She has a degree in English Law and French Law from the University of Manchester, which included a year studying a diploma in international relations in Dijon. Ariane joined Practical Law as an Editor in October 2016 and is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Jack Meek graduated in 2011 from Queen’s University Belfast with a degree in Law and Certificate in American Business Practice from the College of Idaho, USA. In 2012, he earned a Distinction for his Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law at Queen’s University Belfast, before completing the BPTC. In 2013, he was called to the Bar of England & Wales, and in 2014 he passed the New York State Bar Exam. Jack worked previously as a paralegal at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and completed a traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights. Jack joined Thomson Reuters in August 2015 as an Assistant Editor for the Practical Law Dispute Resolution and Arbitration teams.