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Lucy Ryland trained at Allen & Overy LLP, qualifying in 1999. She spent over three years as an associate in the corporate department of A&O, where she advised on a variety of corporate transactions. In 2003 she joined the corporate know-how team and was a PSL for six years, specialising in corporate governance and AGMs. Lucy joined Practical Law Corporate in July 2009 and is Head of Practical Law Corporate. She is responsible for the AGMs and de-listing deal types. Lucy is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Hilary Owens Gray qualified into the corporate department of McGrigors LLP (now Pinsent Masons) in 2003. In 2006 she joined Baker & McKenzie LLP, where she spent more than five years as an associate in the corporate department, advising on a wide range of corporate transactions and developing her focus on equity capital markets, corporate governance and public company matters. Hilary joined Practical Law Corporate in May 2012 and is Deputy Head of Practical Law Corporate. She is responsible for the IPOs (Main Market) and transfers to the Main Market from AIM deal types. Hilary is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Sara Bradbury qualified into the corporate department of Norton Rose in 1996. In 1998 she joined Taylor Joynson Garrett (now Taylor Wessing LLP), where she spent nearly eight years as an associate in the corporate department specialising in a range of company and corporate transactions including private and public M&A, joint ventures and group reorganisations. Sara joined Practical Law Corporate in April 2006 and is responsible for the public M&A, joint ventures and cross-border mergers deal types. Sara is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Sarah Hassan is a non-practising solicitor. She trained at Taylor Joynson Garrett. She joined the corporate department of Travers Smith Braithwaite on qualification. She subsequently spent just under five years as an associate in the corporate group of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert before joining Practical Law Corporate in July 2004. Sarah is responsible for the admissions to AIM and AIM Rules: Reverse takeovers deal types.
Naomi Bellingham trained at Slaughter and May, qualifying in 2005. She spent nearly four years as an associate in the corporate department of Slaughter and May, where she advised on a wide range of corporate transactions. Naomi joined Practical Law Corporate in August 2009 and is responsible for the IPOs and secondary issues deal types. Naomi is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Liga Dugdale trained at Ashurst Morris Crisp (now Ashurst LLP), qualifying in 2003. She spent more than seven years as an associate in the corporate department of Ashurst, specialising in equity capital markets and investment trusts. During her time at Ashurst she advised banks and issuers on IPOs, a wide range of secondary issues, block trades, continuing obligations and general corporate governance matters. She also spent time on secondment at Morgan Stanley. Liga joined Practical Law Corporate in October 2010 and is responsible for the Listing Rules transactions, secondary issues, reorganisations and returns of value deal types. Liga is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Amanda Cantwell trained at Allen & Overy LLP and qualified into its corporate department as a legal executive in 1989. She worked on a variety of corporate transactions latterly specialising in non-contentious court related transactions, restructurings, narrative reporting and corporate governance issues. In 2007 she joined Boyes Turner where she spent nearly four years as an associate in its corporate department. Amanda joined Practical Law Corporate in September 2011 and is responsible for the AGMs, demerger, reorganisation and returns of value deal types. Amanda is currently a non-practising legal executive.
Simon Graham joined Practical Law in February 2015. He was formerly a partner in the Corporate Group of Wragge & Co, now Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, where he advised on a wide range of corporate matters including private and public M&A and inward investment. Simon is currently a non-practising solicitor and US attorney (California, inactive status).
Caroline Pearce qualified into the corporate department of Nabarro LLP in 2002 where she worked principally on IPOs, secondary issues and general public company matters. In 2005 she joined Forsters LLP where she advised on a range of corporate matters including private company M&A. After completing a Masters in Contemporary European Studies, she joined PwC Legal LLP in 2008 where she spent three years focussing principally on group reorganisations and corporate structuring transactions. In 2011 she joined Kaplan Law School as a lecturer and spent four years teaching business law and practice, public companies and capital markets, legal research, drafting and writing and EU law. She joined Practical Law in 2015 and is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Rebecca Catterson joined Practical Law in April 2010. She was previously a senior associate at Allen & Overy LLP, where she worked in the fields of restructuring and insolvency, and securitisation. Rebecca has significant experience advising institutional lenders and insolvency practitioners on domestic and international financings and workouts. Rebecca trained and qualified at Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard) in 2002 and has also passed the bar examination in the US (Illinois). Rebecca is currently a non-practising solicitor and is acting head of Practical Law Restructuring and Insolvency.
Sharon Hooker is a former solicitor. She trained at Linklaters and practised in their international finance department for three years after qualifying, concentrating on structured finance work. She then joined Freshfields, where she spent a year and a half as a PSL in the corporate department. Sharon joined Practical Law Finance in 2005 and is responsible for the convertible bonds deal type. Sharon is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Samantha Hull graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature from King's College London in 2012. She then graduated with a degree in Law (LLB Hons) from the University of Cambridge in 2015. After this she completed the BPTC at BPP University before joining Practical Law in October 2016 as a What's Market Assistant Editor.
Nady Budaly graduated with a history degree from Queen Mary, University of London in 2011. After completing the GDL at BPP Law School in 2013, she worked as an Adjudicator at the Financial Ombudsman Service for just over two years, providing alternative dispute resolution to financial institutions and their customers. Nady joined Practical Law in January 2016 and is a What’s Market Assistant Editor.
Ollie Steeple joined the Practical Law international content team as an Assistant Editor for What’s Market in June 2016. Ollie completed the LPC at BPP London Holborn having studied history at the University of Warwick and the GDL at the University of Law, Chester. He has lived and travelled abroad extensively but is particularly interested in developments in Asia.
Raghav Vohora graduated from the University of Warwick in 2015 with a degree in law (LLB (Hons). After this he completed his LPC at the University of Law (Bloomsbury) with a combined LLM which canvassed corporate governance. Raghav joined Practical Law in August 2016 and is a What’s Market Assistant Editor.