CILEx tutors

Meet some of the legal experts who are your CILEx tutors

Kate Sutherland

Kate Sutherland is the CILEx Course Leader at the University of Westminster and additionally teaches Tort on the LLB.

Kate first became aware of the legal career options available to those studying CILEx legal qualifications while she was a PA to the senior partner in the Paris office of a major law firm whose central office is in the City of London. Following her return to London, Kate pursued CILEx studies whilst working as a fee earner in private practice specialising in the areas of corporate immigration and employment law. She went on to complete her studies and obtained dual qualification as Fellow of CILEx and Solicitor.

After nine years working in private practice law firms based in the City and West End of London, Kate completed a PGCE Higher Education teaching qualification and started her teaching career in law at Middlesex University. She has been at the University of Westminster since 2006.

Alan Fenton

Alan Michael Fenton BA (Hons), MA Business Law, CNAA Cert in Education, Solicitor (non-practising) is a full-time Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster. He assists with the running of the CILEx programme and is Deputy Module Leader of the LLB Contract module.

Alan originally lectured in banking and insurance law but has more recently practised as an employment lawyer where he quickly rose to Head of Employment at a medium sized practice in the West Country. Alan has approaching 20 years’ experience teaching contract law and has been teaching CILEx Level 6 Employment Law since 2010.

Anthony James

Anthony James completed his first degree in social policy and administration at the London School of Economics. He then went onto to complete a PGCE in Law and Business, GDL followed by a training contract with Gill & Co specialising in immigration and criminal law. For the past 12 years, Tony has taught on a variety of subjects at the University of Westminster at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Criminal Law and Litigation, Immigration Law and Legal Research.

Andrea Chute

Andrea Chute is a Barrister specialising in employment and discrimination law. Andrea has experience of designing and conducing employment law courses for major organisations including several large trade unions and the TUC itself. Andrea has extensive experience in a broad range of market sectors and has undertaken both claimant and respondent work across a wide variety of differently sized organisations. Andrea has particular expertise in dealing with complex and high value claims. She has appeared before the Court of Appeal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and in ancillary proceedings before the civil courts. In addition Andrea undertakes non-contentious work including developing and reviewing HR policies and procedures, and drafting and updating contracts of employment. She also has an interest in professional disciplinary and regulatory work in addition to representing client’s interests at parole board hearings.

Diane Astin

Diane Astin has spent more than 20 years as a practicing solicitor working in both private practice and the voluntary sector. Her practice is in civil litigation, acting mostly for legally aided claimants specialising in housing and public law. She is the author of the Housing Law Handbook (3rd edition, LAG, 2015).

Diane graduated with a BA from Newcastle University and, following a period working for social services, did the postgraduate conversion course in law at Northumbria University. She has an LLM from the London School of Economics and has taught civil litigation since 1999, both as a visiting lecturer and on professional CPD-accredited courses. She currently combines lecturing and training with private practice as a solicitor and is a member of the Civil Justice Council.

Tiloma Thenuwara

After qualifying with LLB Hons from the University of London, Tiloma gained experience teaching a variety of legal skills modules in the Law Undergraduate Department of the University of London’s International Programme in Sri Lanka. Working as Legal Counsel in a leading barristers’ chambers in Colombia, Tiloma represented a number of clients in courts of first instance and tribunals. Since joining the University of Westminster, Tiloma has taught Land Law to the LLB as well as CILEx Level 6 Land Law.

Emily Pearce

After qualifying with a 2:1 in Law from East Anglia University and completing her training contract in 2012, Emily Pearce has been practising as a Conveyancing Lawyer in private practice. She has first-hand experience of sales and purchases of residential properties, including sales and purchases of residential properties up £2 million for private clients and companies, re-mortgages, bridging finance, transfer of equity as well as auction purchases and staircasing transactions on shared ownership properties, with the time constraints that apply to those transactions. I am fully familiar with all aspects of the Level 6 CΙLEx syllabus.

Katharine Dyson

Katharine Dyson’s teaching career has spanned 15 years. She has worked closely with CILEx in the development of the qualification and acted as CILEx chief examiner and moderator on key CILEx modules. Katharine has also provided contributions to Law Cards Series, Family Law, Routledge Press and has edited this series. As a specialist in family law, crime and criminal justice, Katharine’s research is multidisciplinary with a foot in law, international relations and democratic politics.

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