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

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

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
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 pursuing a legal career as a commercial law solicitor.

Writing Team

Bunmi Adaramola
Tips for Students Editor

Bunmi recently completed her LLB and LLM in International Corporate Law at the University of Leeds. In January 2020, she intends to start her LPC MSc and to qualify as a corporate solicitor. She is interested in Corporate,M&A, Banking and Finance and Commercial Litigation practice areas.


Zainab Hassan
Interviews Editor

Zainab is a Trainee Solicitor in a law firm in London. Having studied the LPC LLM part time whilst working at The Law Society's Accreditation Department, she secured some paralegal experience before obtaining her training contract. Zainab is currently a mentor to undergraduate students and enjoys giving back to the legal community through sharing her experiences on her blog (@zaiblogs_).

Katerina Mrhacova
Hot Topics Editor

Katerina is a Law and Business student from the University of Warwick. She says that being an editor of Hot Topics is an excellent experience, as it allows her to explore law from the less traditional perspectives and enjoy the whole process among the rest of the writers. Until now, she has been most drawn to the challenges posed by the merge of technologies and the legal industry. 


Mared Davies

Mared is a Law and Spanish student at the University of Bristol, and is currently studying in Madrid as part of her year abroad. Following her graduation, she intends to become a commercial solicitor in London and has a particular interest in the energy sector.

Emma Ducroix
Future Lawer Briefings Editor

Emma recently graduated from an Applied Foreign Languages degree in France, and just started her Jurilingual Masters degree which concerns international jobs in the legal department of a company.  She has an interest in digital company law.


Vincent Guereca-Adair
Commercial & Legal Industry Updates Editor

Vincent completed an LLM in Transnational Dispute Resolution at the University of Manchester in 2018. He is now working as an adjudicator in housing disputes, with an intention of pursuing a legal career in commercial law. He has a particular interest in the technology and sustainable energy sectors.

Lucy Priestman
Case Law Updates Editor

Lucy graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2019, and is currently working as a Litigation Paralegal at DWF LLP. She intends to complete her LPC LLM on a part-time basis commencing September 2020, and thereafter intends to qualify as a solicitor.

Sophia Gonella
Legal Industry Updates Editor

Sophia is an LLB Law graduate from the University of Durham, pursuing her research masters in Trusts of the Family Home. Following her studies, she intends to become a barrister and has a particular interest in family and property law.

Maddie Smith
YouTube Team Leader

Maddie is an International Relations Graduate from the University of Leeds, and will start her GDL at BPP London Waterloo in September 2020. Following her undergraduate degree she has a particular interest in energy and environmental issues, although she is excited about being able to explore different areas on her way to becoming a commercial solicitor.

Sales & Marketing Team

Rebecca McGuire
Sales & Partnerships Manager

Rebecca studied her LLB at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle where she was also president of the Law Society. She is now undertaking a masters in the area of Human Rights Law and have a specific interest in wrongful convictions and the right to a fair trial - an area she hopes to work in. 


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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