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Who we are

The Student Lawyer was created in 2011 by a group of LLB students. The aim was to create a free online resource which would make legal news and articles accessible to aspiring solicitors and barristers.

The site has undergone many changes since then. In 2019, the site was redesigned to launch new features including the TSL Mentorship Scheme, TSL Tutors, and TSL Job Board services, the monthly Commercial Awareness Quiz, and the TSL podcast, where we chat to guests from the legal industry to discuss hot topics in the law and to get their career and study tips.

TSL maintains its original aim of being a free repository of information for future lawyers. It is able to do this thanks to its team of student writers and video creators led by TSL General Manager, Camilla Uppal, ensuring that the site continues to post informative and useful briefings, videos, and articles each week.


The Student Lawyer is part of Gradmedia Limited, a digital publishing company headquartered in London. It is predominantly owned by CRCC Asia, a company that has for 13 years been a global leader in the field of international internship programmes, and CRCC Asia’s two founders, Daniel Nivern and Edward Holroyd Pearce, sit on the board.

Whether you’re at law school, university or sixth form, The Student Lawyer provides aspiring solicitors and barristers with everything you’ll need to make chasing down that dream career in law that little bit easier.

Management Team

Oliver Grazebrook
Director

Oliver is a solicitor who worked for 6 years at a US commercial firm in London, before going in-house. He is in charge of The Student Lawyer’s mentorship scheme for students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the legal industry.

Daniel Nivern
Director

Daniel has 13 years’ experience in the education and professional development industries.  He is regularly called upon by the media to share his expertise with the media and has recently appeared on the BBC, Sky News, and in The Independent and Wall Street Journal.

Edward Holroyd Pearce
Director
Along with Daniel, Edward has co-founded two successful internship companies, CRCC Asia and Virtual Internships.  Through Edward and Daniel’s experience, they provide invaluable guidance to the TSL management team.
Camilla Uppal
General Manager

Camilla graduated from the University of Kent in 2012 and has since been working at the Financial Ombudsman Service, helping to resolve complaints about PPI, the UK's biggest financial mis-selling scandal. In addition to managing The Student Lawyer, Camilla is studying the LPC LLM part time and will be joining Shakespeare Martineau as a trainee solicitor in 2022.



Writing Team

Imaan Fatima
Tips for Students Editor
Imaan is a third-year student at the University of Strathclyde studying Scots and English Law. She has a strong interest in Dispute Resolution, Corporate and M&A. Imaan plans to strengthen her knowledge in these areas and intends to pursue a career in commercial law. Imaan is keen to share her knowledge and learn from others.
Gabrielle Long
Editor of Interviews
Gabrielle is the Editor of the Interviews team. She has been writing for the interviews team since the beginning of 2021, and is in her final year of studying economics at The University of Manchester. Following graduation, Gabrielle hopes to complete the GDL, and ultimately hopes to work as a commercial solicitor in London, with a particular interest in M&A.
Natalya McPartland
Hot Topics Editor
Natalya is the Editor of the Hot Topics Team. She has been writing for The Student Lawyer consistently since summer 2020. She has just graduated from Law the University of Manchester and is currently studying for the LPC at the University of Law. She is due to commence a training contract in Manchester in 2022.
Aqua Koroma
Commercial Awareness Briefings Editor
I completed my LLB at the Open University in July 2021 after full-time study. I am currently studying the LLM LPC full-time at the University of Law and will complete the course in August 2021. I shall be taking a fairly long, well-deserved break thereafter and notwithstanding gaining some legal experience, before commencing a training contract early 2023. I am interested in human rights, immigration, public and criminal law.
Divya Tejwani
Future Lawyer Briefings Editor
Divya will be completing her law degree in 2022. She has been contributing to law through her writings and voluntary roles since she stepped foot in law. She has a strong interest in commercial, maritime and space law. Divya wants to pursue a career in law with multiple specialities, with an upper hand in commercial law.
Zara Yusuf
Commercial Industry Updates Editor
Zara recently graduated from Newcastle University with an Ancient History degree. She is now working in the finance sector, keen to study the GDL, with the intention of pursuing a career in commercial law.
Hassan Tahir
Case Law Updates Editor
Hassan is a Sixth Form student at the Manchester Grammar school and has successfully founded two law journals, while also being a contributing writer for TSL's Case Law updates in that time - from the age of 15. He intends to use his passion in Law to further grow TSL and pursue a legal education in the future.
Laetitia Ponde Nkot
Legal Industry Updates Editor
Laetitia is a final year LLB student at the University of St Mary's Twickenham. There are a lot of areas that she would like to specialise in, however, popular wisdom is that we develop in one, or maybe two areas. She has a strong interest in corporate and public law. Alongside her studies, she is very involved in law, she writes articles on cases in various areas of law.
Victoria Soh
YouTube Team Leader
Victoria is a finalist studying Law at Durham University. She grew up in Penang, Malaysia and spent much of her life attending international schools. In her free time, she also runs the Instagram page @legalbreakdown for aspiring commercial lawyers.
Shwetha Sivaraman
Commercial Awareness Editor
I am a final year law student at University College London and plan to begin the LPC in 2022 with the intention of qualifying as a solicitor. I have a strong interest in IP and media law, and hope to expand my knowledge in these areas as I navigate my legal career.
Aisha Ahmad
Commercial Awareness Quiz Writer
Aisha is currently on a gap year, and intends to study LLB law in September 2021. She is particularly interested in many areas of law such as commercial, corporate, family, and environmental law, and hopes to augment her knowledge in these areas of law as time progresses.
Stephanie Anais
Chief Editor and Content Manager
Stephanie is a part-time LLB Law student at Birkbeck, University of London. Stephanie is a career changer and has previously qualified as a hairdresser, and has extensive marketing experience at a barristers’ chambers in Lincoln’s Inn. You may recognise Stephanie from The Student Lawyer podcast, which she co-founded and co-hosts. Stephanie is currently applying for training contracts with a view to qualifying as a commercial solicitor.

Sales & Marketing Team

Victoria Wilson
Social Media Manager and Social Media Ambassador Manager

Victoria is a third-year law student at Keele University and an aspiring solicitor. Alongside this, Victoria manages TSL’s LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook presence, along with managing TSL’s social media ambassadors.

Website & Digital Team

Matthew Carter
Web Master & Digital Marketing Manager

Matthew, although British, has spent most of his life living overseas. Up until the age of 13, Matthew lived in Staffordshire in the humble town of Leek. He was approached by his father one afternoon explaining that they would all be moving to China for the foreseeable future in a matter of weeks. This changed his life forever. By the age of 17, Matthew was now proficient in Mandarin and completing his final years of the International Baccalaureate  at Dulwich College Shanghai. Matthew then moved back to the UK to attend The University of Manchester studying Business and Management with Chinese. During this time, he founded The Chairman's Bao & Atomic Digital Marketing - a Chinese newspaper for Mandarin learners. Fast-forward a few more years and now Matthew is seeking new and exciting opportunities in fields related to what he loves and knows best - Asia. 

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