Core Training Team

Lucy O’Connor

Training Manager

Lucy previously managed the in-house training division at Central Law Training Ltd and has over 21 years’ experience of working in the Learning and Development Industry. Lucy established the LTT when she realised there was a gap in the market for highly tailored online training programmes for her clients at cost-effective rates. She assists the trainers with the planning and delivery of tailored online in-house training solutions. Lucy will analyse your training requirements and match them with the LTT expert trainers.

Hannah Mackinlay

Commercial Property

Hannah Mackinlay LLB MA (Environmental Law) FRSA is an experienced commercial property solicitor who also has expertise in Environmental Law and Stamp Duty Land Tax. Hannah previously worked at Partner and senior levels at firms such as Shoosmiths and Pinsent Masons. As well as acting for major landowners, local authorities, development agencies, national house builders, banks, building societies, volume conveyancers and PLCs, over a long and varied career, she has also dealt with ordinary high street commercial leases and small developers. She was listed in the Legal 500 for Environmental law expertise. She is also a Director of SDLT Compass which is the first and only SDLT expert system for accurately assessing and calculating SDLT and LTT. She teaches the LPC for BPP University.

Stephen Allinson

Insolvency, Business Law and Debt Recovery

Stephen Allinson is a solicitor and Licensed Insolvency Practitioner. He has specialised in credit, debt, restructuring and insolvency work since 1987. Prior to setting up his own consultancy, he was a Business Recovery and Insolvency partner at a major law firm leading a team undertaking national debt and insolvency contracts in both the private and public sectors. Stephen was appointed Chairman of the Board of The Insolvency Service in January 2017 and is also the Chairman of the Joint Insolvency Examination Board. He is regularly published in his fields of expertise and latest book, ‘The Corporate Insolvency & Governance Act 2020 – A Practical Guide’, was published in August 2020. His presentation style is always very interactive, and he concentrates on ensuring practical advice is given for delegates’ day to day practice.

Andrew McLoughlin

Litigation and Personal Injury

Andrew Mcloughlin is a solicitor, who has Higher Rights of Audience for Civil and Criminal proceedings and sits as a Recorder in the Crown and County Courts. He was appointed as a Court Examiner by the Lord Chancellor. His wide-ranging experience in practice coupled with ongoing training from the Judicial College gives Andrew gives a unique insight into judicial thinking and therefore what you should be doing. His main areas of specialisation include civil and commercial litigation, as well as all types of personal injury from road traffic through to industrial disease and clinical negligence. Andrew has been delivering bespoke training for over 20 years. Andrew has been described as ‘an extremely erudite and knowledgeable gentleman with a sharp sense of humour. An absolute joy to learn from. Truly outstanding.’

Tanya Gass

Corporate Law

Tanya Gass is an ex-Magic Circle corporate finance solicitor now legal trainer and governance consultant. She has a reputation for bringing much-needed clarity to legal and regulatory issues with her visual style of training and is a recommended member of the Legal Education and Training Group. Tanya covers a range of topics including company law, corporate governance, corporate finance, equity capital markets and negotiation skills. Her extensive client list includes directors (SMEs, large private companies, listed companies, banks and charitable associations), law firms, accountants, company secretaries and other business professionals, as well as training organisations, universities and Companies House.

Lorraine Richardson

Residential Property

Lorraine Richardson (M.A. Cantab) is a conveyancing expert, solicitor, and legal trainer. When in partnership in practice, she ran a branch office and was the COLP for her firm. She is now freelance and in addition to locum work to remain current, she writes and delivers training for a variety of organisations including law firms, universities, and professional bodies. Lorraine delivers bespoke courses for in house firms and also covers compliance, legal skills and professional conduct. Lorraine is a main contributor for the monthly update publication for practitioners, ‘The Practical Lawyer’ and is looking forward to the publication of her new book by Law Brief Publishing: ‘A Practical Guide to Document Signing and Electronic Signatures for Conveyancers’

Peter Scott

Business Skills, Finance, Risk and Compliance

Peter Scott is a solicitor and former Managing Partner of Eversheds London and European offices. He acts as an advisor, trainer and coach to many law firms in the UK and abroad in relation to their financial, strategic, performance, compliance and business development issues, with particular focus on helping clients to improve their competitiveness through effective performance management. Peter is co-author of ‘Financial Stability Toolkit’ published by the Law Society; editor of ‘Practice Management Handbook’ (Law Society Publishing) now in its 2nd edition; the examination moderator for the Institute of Legal Finance & Management; a member of the editorial board of ‘Legal Compliance’ published by the Law Society; and co-author of ‘Measuring and Reporting for Law Firm Success’ published by Ark Group.

Helen Swaffield

Commercial Law, Contract Law and Litigation

Helen Swaffield is a practising Barrister with over 25 years’ experience in Commercial and Public Law including commercial contracts and regulation, EU Law, international outsourcing and procurement, competition, franchising, supply and distribution and IPR. Helen appears in the High Court, Commercial Court and Technology and Construction Court as well as commercial arbitrations and adjudications. Helen has a French Law accreditation and has a diploma in EU Law from the University of Strasbourg. Having worked at both the EU Commission and the EU Court, she speaks French and reads Spanish.

Matthew Hickling

Criminal Law and Compliance

Matthew Hickling is an experienced engaging trainer who delivers high quality and easily digestible training. A former Head of a Fraud Squad before qualifying as a solicitor, Matthew makes challenging topics such as financial crime easy to understand and enjoyable to engage with. In addition to training widely in the legal sector, Matthew also delivers AML and Financial Crime training for the International Compliance Association to other regulated professionals in the regulated financial sectors. An external lecturer and examiner for two universities, Matthew is also author of a Specialist Paralegal Qualification in Crime. He is a member of the Law Society Criminal Law Committee.

Olwen Davies

Criminal Law

Olwen was admitted in 1990 as a solicitor and gained Higher Rights in Crime of Audience in 1994. Olwen has extensive experience of defending and prosecuting in both the Magistrates and Crown Court. She is the co-author of Jordans “The Criminal Justice Act 2003 – A Practitioner’s Guide”. Olwen has presented practical and black letter law training, and CPD courses to police and probation officers, HSE inspectors, solicitors, and counsel in criminal matters since 1996. Specialist subjects include evidence, confiscation, POCA offences and fraud.

Mena Ruparel

Ethics, Family and Children Law

Mena is a member of the pension advisory group and contributed to writing The Guide to Pensions on divorce report. Mena has written the Matrimonial Finance Toolkit and the Matrimonial finance Handbook.  Mena is also a member of the Law Society family committee and co-chairs the committee. She regular writes and speaks about family law matters and has written about ethics. She is the co-author of “How to be an ethical solicitor” and the second edition, “So you think you’re an ethical solicitor?” which are published by Bath publishing.

Safda Mahmood

Family and Children Law

Safda Mahmood, Senior Solicitor and Advocate, as well as a nationally recognised Professional Development provider. Safda has practiced and lectured in Family Law for over 26 years and is on the Law Society Children Law Accredited Panel, specialising in Children and Adoption Law. As an author, he has written for various publications, such as Jordans’ Family Law Journal, The Legal Executives Journal, Solicitors Journal and the Law Society. Safda is co-author of the title ‘Child Care and Protection: Law and Practice: Sixth Edition, by Wildy, Simmons and Hill Publishing, and has recently written Covid-19 and Family Law in England and Wales – The Essential Guide’ 1st Edition, by Law Brief Publishing, as well as the Law Society Children Law Handbook 2021, 1st Edition

Richard Humphreys

Banking and Finance

Richard has specialised in financial services work for more than 30 years. Richard’s background as a financial services litigator informs his advice to clients on the full range of compliance and regulatory issues for financial service companies. He is recognised as ‘a very proactive and commercially focused lawyer’ specialising in CCA compliance and FCA regulatory advice, ‘with particular experience in advising equipment finance lessors and motor vehicle financers. His recent experience includes advising firms on the implementation of the GDPR and SMCR. Richard regularly undertakes consumer credit process and documentation reviews for clients, and advises on projects for the investigation, disclosure and remediation of CCA and FSMA breaches. Richard has since 2004 been a member of the Finance and Leasing Association’s working parties dealing with all the recent major reforms of CCA regulation.

John Trimbos

Business Writing and Drafting Skills

John is a Solicitor and CIPD Associate member. John started his professional life with the Treasury Solicitors’ Department, before moving to the private sector in the early 1990s. He has worked with a number of international organisations including banks, law firms and accountancy firms to deliver course on writing, drafting and proof reading.

Rebecca Roscoe

Private Client Law

Rebecca Roscoe trained and qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and completed her STEP diploma in 2008. After 11 years in practice culminating in partnership at Cottrills then Slater Heelis LLP, Rebecca founded her own practice RJR Legal Ltd. RJR Legal is a niche practice specialising in Wills and Estate Planning with a particular focus on long term family estate planning. In addition to her private practice, Rebecca lectures for both CLT and CLT international in connection with all aspects of Wills, Estate Planning and Probate as well as teaching Level 6 CiLex.

Rukhsana Rasheed

Pensions Law

Rukhsana Rasheed is a qualified solicitor and pension specialist, formerly with DLA Piper, a multinational law firm with a UK presence. Rukhsana is an accomplished speaker and training consultant, specialising in all aspects of pension law and practice. Rukhsana works with leading UK providers of business and legal professional training. Clients include multi-national enterprises, global city and US law firms and government organisations.

Martin Richardson

Management and Business Skills

Martin delivers Leadership and Management Training and Consulting Services for Business and the Professions. Particular experience of larger City firms of solicitors and medium sized regional practices. Major focus on changing the mind set of partners, assistants and support staff from running traditional partnerships to leading and managing modern commercial businesses.

Naomi Korn

Compliance and Intellectual Property Law

Naomi Korn Associates is one of the UK’s leading providers of data protection, copyright and licensing related training and consultancy services. Naomi Korn is the Managing Director of Naomi Korn Associates. With over 20 years’ experience in information law compliance, she is a co-author of “Information Law”. In 2020, she was awarded the Walford Award for her outstanding contribution to information and knowledge professionals. She is currently undertaking a part-time PhD at the University of Edinburgh, looking at the impact of Brexit on information law issues.

Helen Lawson

Wellbeing and Resilience

Helen Lawson is a freelance wellbeing specialist, trainer, speaker and contributing author to Unlocked, From Surviving to Thriving, in which she provides the opening chapter on Resilience. With a background spanning business, education, and health, she is passionate about supporting individuals to proactively develop the skills and abilities to lead happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. Helen’s focus is on approaches which develop the thinking and mindset of the individual, and their ability to operate collaboratively for positive outcomes in life. Delivering practical tools to take away and apply, she is committed to helping businesses create working environments which prioritise a supported workforce, full of potential, and improved business efficiency and profitability.