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Chris Knuckey trained at Cobbetts, and worked in their commercial department advising on public procurement and general commercial matters. From 2004 to 2006 he was a solicitor at Clarkslegal advising on public procurement, including in respect of PFI/PPP schemes undertaken by local authorities. From there, Chris joined the Treasury Solicitor's Department, advising across Government on procurement law and associated commercial issues, before joining Practical Law Public Sector in 2008. Chris is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Kirsten Maslen trained at Nabarro Nathanson (now Nabarro) and qualified in January 2005. She then moved to West Sussex County Council where she led the legal projects, procurement and contracts team, advising on all aspects of the tendering process, and drafting and negotiating contracts from low value agreements to major projects. Kirsten has a particular interest in outsourcing, employee transfers, PPP and public to public arrangements. In 2012 Kirsten received the SLG Young Solicitor of the Year award. Kirsten is not practising at Practical Law.
Jane West worked as a solicitor for the London Borough Council of Haringey for three years, before joining Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, where she gained substantial experience of public and administrative law and practical experience of civil litigation, in particular judicial review proceedings. Jane joined Practical Law Public Sector in 2008 from Beachcroft where she advised public sector bodies on public and administrative law matters, including statutory powers and other public law litigation. Jane is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Cally Warren studied law at King’s College London, graduating in 2005. She went on to undertake the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the Bar in 2006. Cally is a Social Policy Co-ordinator for the Citizens Advice Bureau and currently works on our enforcement and housing materials. Cally is an Assistant Editor for Practical Law Public Sector and is currently a non-practising barrister.
Katie Hewson trained at Slaughter and May and worked in the Dispute Resolution department there as an Associate solicitor. Katie was involved in commercial transactions, contractual disputes and international arbitrations and dealt with information and data protection queries for large corporate clients. She has also spent time working for a public sector management consultancy, dealing with consultations on issues such as healthcare. Katie also volunteered for a legal charity that deals with whistleblowing in the public sector and public inquiries. She uses her varied experience to work on our commercial, freedom of information, public and administrative law materials. Katie is an Assistant Editor in our Public Sector team. She is a non-practicising solicitor.
Stephen Down is an Assistant Editor for the Practical Law Contentious team, after having originally joined Practical Law in August 2010 as a Paralegal. He graduated in 2007 from the University of Southampton with a degree in Law and then completed the LPC at the College of Law in July 2008 with a Distinction. He has also undertaken voluntary legal work experience, which involved dealing with a variety of areas including probate and employment
Isabel Evans qualified at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in 1998, with a specialisation in project finance. She has advised commercial banks, developers, multilaterals and export credit agencies, often in the context of multi-source financings that involve several jurisdictions and high levels of political risk. Isabel also spent four years in the New York office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and was admitted to the New York bar in 2001.
After leaving private practice in 2006, Isabel has been working as a magistrate at Thames Magistrates’ Court. Isabel is a consultant for PLC Public Sector and works on our enforcement resources. Isabel is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Caroline Cox trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and joined their real estate department in September 2001. She spent seven years there after qualification advising both private and public sector clients on a variety of property and planning transactions. Prior to training as a solicitor Caroline worked for eight years in both the private and public sectors as a town planner. She is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Caroline joined Practical Law in December 2008. Caroline is currently a non-practising solicitor.
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Liz Parkinson joined Norton Rose upon qualification in 1988. She later worked at Slaughter and May and then Simmons & Simmons in the commercial property departments. More recently she was a partner in the West End firm of Collins Benson Goldhill. Before joining PLC Property in 2004, Liz obtained a distinction in a masters degree in European Real Estate at Kingston University.
Liz has an interest in social housing and has been a member of the board of Shepherd's Bush Housing Association for the last four years. Liz is the PLC Public Sector champion for property law. Liz is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Peter Harvey qualified at Burges Salmon in 1993 and since then has been involved in environmental law, particularly litigation in both the civil and criminal courts. He joins from Veale Wasbrough, where he led the environment and regulatory team. Peter has extensive experience advising on environmental issues for commercial, public sector and institutional clients (including FTSE100 companies, local authorities, government departments and agencies). Peter has a masters in environmental law and before qualifying as a lawyer he worked for a local authority planning department, specialising in rights of way and nature reserves. Peter joined PLC Environment in June 2007. Peter is the PLC Public Sector champion for environment law. Peter is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Lisa Millar trained at Clyde & Co, qualifying into its corporate department in 1998. She worked in Weil, Gotshal & Manges' corporate finance department between 1999 and 2005, where she advised on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions. Lisa joined PLC Corporate in June 2005 and was appointed head of PLC Commercial in August 2008. Lisa is the PLC Public Sector champion for commercial law. Lisa is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Graeme Simpson joined PLC from Shoosmiths' pensions department where he was a partner, recommended as "excellent" in the Legal 500 directory (2009). He qualified in 1997 and has experience of providing advice on a wide range of pensions matters, in particular, to pension scheme trustees and on public sector outsourcing issues. A member of the Association of Pensions Lawyers, he is a previous speaker on the APL "Beginners" training course. Graeme is also a past editor of Tottel's "Pensions Law Handbook" and has provided comment on pensions issues for various national news broadcasters. Graeme is the PLC Public Sector champion for pensions law. Graeme is not practising at PLC.
Lucy Harrison is a former solicitor. She is head of the competition service. She qualified into the competition group of McKenna & Co and after a spell in the Government Legal Service returned to work as an EC and competition lawyer at Cameron Mckenna. Prior to joining PLC in 2002 she worked at Linklaters for three years, specialising in EC and UK competition law, merger control and public procurement. Lucy is the PLC Public Sector champion for competition law.
Claire Templeton trained at Hobson Audley (now Faegre & Benson) and qualified into the dispute resolution department in 1998. Following secondments to one of its US offices and Viacom (UK) Limited, she joined the employment department of Norton Rose, dealing with predominantly non-contentious and advisory work for employers. She then returned to Faegre & Benson, where she gained wide experience of advising clients on international employment issues. Claire is the PLC Public Sector champion for employment law. Claire is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Michelle Rousell is a former solicitor. She trained at Cameron Markby Hewitt (now CMS Cameron McKenna) and then spent five years at Nabarro Nathanson (now Nabarro) before joining the construction and engineering team at Lewis Silkin in September 2000. She specialised in all aspects of construction and engineering disputes and worked for a wide range of clients - employers, contractors, specialist subcontractors and their insurers, registered social landlords and public bodies. She is a member of the Society of Construction Law and joined PLC Construction in February 2008. Michelle is the PLC Public Sector champion for construction law.
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 PLC Dispute Resolution from Travers Smith in April 2006. Pia is the PLC Public Sector champion for civil litigation. She is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Susan Hollingdale is a former solicitor. She trained at Beachcroft. On completing her training she joined Norton Rose, where she practised as a corporate/commercial lawyer before joining the Unisys in-house team. Since 1997 she has worked as a professional support lawyer with Bird & Bird and Olswang and most recently she worked in the company and commercial department of BP Collins as both a commercial lawyer and professional support lawyer. Susan joined PLC in 2005 and is joint head of PLC Corporate. Susan is the PLC Public Sector champion for corporate law.
Sui Lee worked as an associate at Wragge & Co, specialising in property tax, acting for a varied portfolio of clients. Sui started her tax career at Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in their international corporate tax department. After several years she left to qualify as a solicitor at Linklaters. Sui subsequently joined Laytons Solicitors, where she advised on a diverse range of corporate and other taxes. She is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians, the Association of Women In Property and the Stamp Taxes Practitioners Group. Sui has previously advised local authorities on indirect taxes in connection with property development. Sui joined PLC Tax in 2007 and is the PLC Public Sector champion for tax law. Sui is currently a non-practising solicitor.