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Alan Wilkinson

Alan Wilkinson

Alan has studied at Harvard University, Leicester University, the London School of Economics, the College of Law and the University of Greenwich. 

On being admitted as a solicitor, he worked in private practice, before becoming the Director of Legal Affairs and Compliance for a London stock exchange listed financial services company. 

For the past 15 years, Alan has been involved in education and training.  He has lectured to a wide variety of audiences in the UK and internationally on topics including ‘the City of London’, Financial Services, Compliance, Banking and Investment Law, Islamic Financial Law, Corporate Finance, Insolvency, Fraud, Pensions, Business Crimes and Negotiation. 

Alan is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (non-practising) and is currently a senior external examiner at the University of Law.

Alisa Gray

Alisa Gray

Alisa is an experienced post-graduate law tutor and examiner.  Prior to joining Kaplan Altior as Business Development Director, she wrote examination papers and assessed candidates taking the Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Scheme (QLTS). 

Alisa began her career as a Banking and Finance lawyer, taking a position at Allen & Overy on qualification where she worked on large, high profile cross border transactions. After deciding that partnership wasn't for her, she moved to Linklaters LLP where she designed, implemented and delivered legal and skills training to the global banking and finance teams.

In addition to her career in law, Alisa is an organisational psychologist.

Andrea Spears

Andrea Spears

Andrea is a UK qualified lawyer, who develops and delivers technical and skills training programmes to a broad range of commercial clients and law firms.

She has more than 20 years’ experience in negotiating and drafting commercial contracts and resolving disputes.  Andrea began her career as a corporate lawyer in a top-20 law firm in the UK, where she gained 8 years’ experience acting for a broad range of commercial clients, investors and financial institutions in domestic and international transactions.  She then worked as UK legal counsel for an international manufacturing company.  Andrea provided legal support and guidance to the company’s business operations in the UK, Asia, and the Americas.  In addition to providing legal support, she also provided training across sales and procurement teams in relation to the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts and competition law issues.

Andrea’s education and training career started with the University of Law in London, where she was responsible for the design of bespoke legal and commercial training programmes to young lawyers heading for careers with the top City law firms in the UK.  She then moved to Kaplan UK, where she headed up all training programmes for Kaplan Law School.  As Head of Legal Professional Development at Kaplan, Andrea is now responsible for developing and delivering bespoke technical and skills training solutions to business executives and lawyers in both the UK and overseas.  She combines a consultative training style with a business focus and a determination to help deliver results.

Andy Shanahan

Andy Shanahan

Andy is a solicitor-advocate and Managing Partner of Shanahans Solicitors and Advocates in Cardiff.  He has been qualified for nearly 30 years. 

He specialises in Criminal Defence, but also has good experience of general Civil Litigation.  Andy’s been a duty solicitor for the last 25 years and has worked in the Higher Courts for the last 20 years. 

At Kaplan Altior, he has been a trainer and examiner for the Professional Skills Course, Higher Rights of Audience, CILEx Criminal Proceedings Advocacy Skills and various other courses for almost 15 years.

Chris Reeves-Croft

Chris Reeves-Croft

Chris was called to the Bar in 1992 and is experienced in both Civil and Criminal work.  He is also an accredited Mediator. 

Chris has had substantial involvement in litigation skills training and assessment since 1997.  He has designed and delivered a range of courses for various providers, was Head of the Civil team on the Bar Vocational Training Course (BPTC) and Training Manager at a UK Top 20 law firm. 

Chris continues to divide his time between practice at the Bar and training.  He delivers and assesses advocacy and a range of other litigation skills courses for Kaplan Altior.

Chris Sweetman

Chris Sweetman

Chris is a non-practising solicitor, trainer and chartered manager. 

He began his legal career as a stagiaire in the Competition Directorate of the European Commission, before training and qualifying with a major UK firm. 

Chris specialised in large-scale commercial contracts, M & A support and IT system procurements for a range of private and public sector clients.  He was also seconded to legal roles at:

  • RAC Motoring Services (advising Commercial Managers in its Consumer Services Division);
  • The UK Department of Health (where he was part of a national project team to bulk buy public health care services from the private sector); and
  • The Welsh Government Legal Service (advising on economic development policy and drafting local government finance statutory instruments).

Chris also worked in a commercial role at national workplace office supplies provider, PHS Group, identifying targets for acquisition in the context of the Group’s growth strategy. 

Having worked in the legal learning and development field for over ten years, he has designed and delivered hundreds of programmes to delegates from a diverse range of firms, specialising in skills development sessions. 

Alongside his training role, Chris has also held senior management positions with P & L responsibility in the professional services sector, as well as commercial and non-executive director roles outside the sector.  Qualified to postgraduate level in strategic leadership, he recently became a chartered (professionally qualified) manager.

Dominic de Saulles

Dominic de Saulles

Dominic is a solicitor-advocate and Senior Lecturer at Cardiff Law School.  He currently delivers the Civil Litigation programme on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), as well as the Commercial Litigation elective, having previously taught both subjects on the Legal Practice Course (LPC). 

As a Commercial Litigation Manager at Eversheds, Dominic acted for finance companies against insurers.  He was later an Associate and Partner in smaller practices, dealing with general Commercial Litigation, commercial landlord/tenant and large Personal Injury claims. 

An experienced trainer, Dominic has delivered sessions to legal professionals at all stages of their career.  He is currently involved in conducting a research project with the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.

Ed Mynott

Ed Mynott

Ed has been practising in all areas of Immigration Law since 2003.  He currently practices as a Tribunal Advocate, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner. 

Ed has been a member of the Law Society’s Immigration Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme since 2010 and is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA).

In 2012, Ed joined the Consulting Editorial Board of Lexis PSL Immigration, a subscription-based online platform, which provides specialist practical guidance.  He remains a Board member and a contributing author, writing Practice Notes designed for Immigration lawyers. 

Before practising in this area, Ed conducted academic research in the area of Immigration and taught at undergraduate level, both before and after obtaining his PhD in 1995.