Susanne Tayfoor

Susanne Tayfoor – Principal

Susanne is a trained barrister who has trained lawyers and taught and examined Oxbridge graduates. As a University Principal Law Lecturer she designed and taught a number of undergraduate online Law modules, which focused on developing employability skills. She co-authored a series of Contract and Tort Law Casebooks, as well as writing Common Mistakes in English by Cambridge University Press. She has a Masters in Law from King’s College, London University, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is on the tutor panel for many of the JLC workshops.

Idea behind The Junior Lawyers Club

A key aim in devising this course was for students to develop a passion for speaking, learning and thinking and to stimulate curiosity and knowledge in a wide range of topics. Being able to think creatively and critically, to have your voice heard, to be able to lead and inspire others with a clear and engaging vision, these are some of the most empowering things we can give students today. No one knows where the future is going in these fast-changing times – many of the job roles they may work in have not been created yet. But we can prepare them for the future by making them resourceful, innovative and curious, able to voice their opinions engagingly.’

JLC aims:

To develop

Independent thought – developing the ability to create logical and persuasive arguments, to critically analyse information sources and to think creatively
Confidence – giving everyone the platform to perform increasingly well, within a supportive environment
Empathy – developing the ability to actively listen and consider other views

Course Contributors – Presenters – Developers

Dr Roxanne Stockwell

DR.ROXANNE STOCKWELL

BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS

Drama Materials Consultant and Contributor – Lawyer, theatre specialist and qualified speech and drama teacher. Roxanne initially qualified as a solicitor and worked as a corporate lawyer for several years before becoming the MD of a touring educational theatre company in Australia, which included running drama workshops for children from 4-18 years of age. She now works in higher education in the UK. Roxanne has a BA (Hons) and Masters Degree in Law from the University of Sydney, an MA in Theatre Directing from the University of Western Sydney, a Masters Degree in Law from UCL, and an Associate Teachers Diploma in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London. She has recently completed a doctorate in higher education management at the University of Bath.

John Clifford

JOHN CLIFFORD

BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS (Non-Executive Director)

John Clifford is a Consultant in Higher Education Policy, a former Associate Dean at Royal Docks School of Business and Law, Dean of Kaplan Law and Business School and Director of the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP. He is on the governing body of a leading London school, and was also a Principal A-Level examiner. He holds a number of Masters Degrees in: Medical Law, Public Law and Legal Research, and Criminology.  He has Undergraduate degrees in Politics and History and a postgraduate qualification in Law.  He has taught Constitutional and Administrative Law, Jurisprudence, Criminal Law and Tort law for many years as a University Lecturer.   He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). At the Junior Lawyers Club John supervises our staff-training programme and oversees rigorous quality control for our course materials and syllabus development.

LOUISE CRIPPS

BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS

Louise has over 30 years experience in education including 13 years as a Headteacher of a primary school in Bath. Committed to helping children develop a lifelong love of learning, and passionate about equipping them with the skillset they will need for the future, she has brought her energy and experience to the Board of Professional Advisors.

Schona Jolly

SCHONA JOLLY Q.C.

CONSULTANT

Volunteer Consultant – Schona Jolly is an equalities, employment and human rights barrister, practising from Cloisters Chambers. She is a Q.C and was shortlisted for Lawyer of the Year 2015. She is Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee. She writes, publishes and lectures on human rights and discrimination topics, and speaks several languages.

Meena Wells JLC

MEENA WELLS

TUTOR

Meena Wells is a qualified solicitor with 14 years’ experience working for Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service as a court legal adviser. She has trained and advised magistrates and judges on child law, advocated on behalf of court users and assisted litigants in cross examination. She has also sat in a quasi-judicial role on non-disputed case management matters.

Meena has completed the NSPCC ‘trainer for trainers’ course and is an NSPCC schools volunteer as well as a CEOP (child exploitation online protection) e-safety certified trainer. She is also certified by the Ministry of Justice as a ‘trainer for trainers’. This year she was nominated alongside her legal colleagues for ‘Education Provider of the Year NHS Awards 2020’.

Meena now teaches for three universities on both undergraduate and postgraduate law courses, including training lawyers in Advocacy and Communication skills. She is regularly a guest speaker and panel member at professional conferences.

Rebecca McVarish

REBECCA MCVARISH

TUTOR

Becks McVarish is a qualified lawyer with over 10 years experience in City practices and financial institutions and has also worked as a journalist and sub-editor for financial and hospitality industry publications. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education and is an experienced Early Years Practitioner.

Becks enjoys working with young people to support their development into confident and articulate communicators, through activities specifically designed to stimulate their thinking and sharpen their communication skills.

Sebastian Humphreys

SEBASTIAN HUMPHREYS

TUTOR

Sebastian Humphreys is a LAMDA graduate and JP Jacobs scholarship recipient, who has worked extensively across stage and radio, having honed his vocal skills first on stage in productions ranging from ‘1848’ at Conway Hall to ‘The Taylor Made Man’ in The Arts Theatre, and later on radio, including the award winning Digital Drama production of ‘Peace in Our Time’, which then went on to win gold at the New York Radio Festival.

Dr Sara Hourani

DR SARA HOURANI

TUTOR

Dr Sara Hourani is a Senior Law Lecturer at Middlesex University. She has a strong background in research skills, with a PhD in Law, and some of the places where she has presented her research include Yale Law School, Istanbul International Law Congress and the Paris Chamber of International Arbitration. She is passionate about teaching debate and research skills to our students at the JLC.

David Grewcock

DAVID GREWCOCK

TUTOR

David Grewcock is an actor, choreographer and director. He is currently Resident Director of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ opening at Sadler’s Wells Theatre next summer.

David’s performance roles include ‘War Horse’ at New London Theatre and the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

He is Associate Artist with the National Youth Theatre, and regularly facilitates their intake and casting auditions for 14-21 year olds.

David has taught at leading drama schools and has written several education packs for major shows to complement syllabus requirements for Drama and English exams. He is a former contributor for The Stage newspaper.

Sam Stafford

SAM STAFFORD

TUTOR

Sam has a first class Honours degree in Professional Acting from LAMDA and was recipient of the prestigious Laurence Olivier Bursary Award. In the final year of his degree, he was elected Student President, and was the first ever student member to be welcomed to the LAMDA Board of Trustees. He exudes positive energy in our workshops, bringing out confidence and ability in every student.

Sara Poyzer

SARA POYZER

TUTOR

Sara has been an actor for over 20 years and recently finished playing the lead role of Donna Sheridan in the West End production of Mamma Mia. Before this she starred in Billy Elliot and various other West End shows, including Othello with Lenny Henry.
Sara is also a voice over artist and runs a company that hosts over 5,000 students every year, providing drama, voice and presentation workshops to school pupils.

Sarah Perceval

SARAH PERCEVAL

TUTOR

Sarah Perceval trained as an actress and spent many years taking lead roles in in classical theatre productions such as ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. Sarah is also a spellbinding performance storyteller and has performed in venues ranging from the House of Lords to Wandsworth Prison. As a frequent presenter for special events she is an expert in the art of speaking clearly, eloquently and confidently. As an experienced workshop leader, she has coached a variety of professionals in presentation skills technique and storytelling. Sarah was recently the ‘Sage in Residence’ at Eton as part of the Wisdom Project, and was invited back to lecture when her residency finished.

Imogen Walker

IMOGEN WALKER

TUTOR

Imogen joined our tutor panel in October 2019. She is a LAMDA graduate, and former student co-president and student Trustee of LAMDA. She is also a very competent debater and has won various prizes in debating competitions, including ‘Best Floor Speaker’.