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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.

Francis Graydon

Francis Graydon

Francis was called to the Bar in 2007 at the Inner Temple.  He practised first as a solicitor and then as a solicitor-advocate before returning to the Bar in 2013.  He has a broad and diverse range of legal practice experience gained through working for several law firms in London, the North East, and the East Midlands as well as a Nationwide Chambers.

Francis’ diverse and wide-ranging practice makes him extremely versatile, both as an adviser and advocate.  He is equally comfortable bringing and defending claims and applications and receives instructions to represent both the Claimant/Applicant and the Defendant/Respondent alike.  He employs a forensic approach and frequently brings his expertise in neuroscience and psychology to his instructions. Francis prides himself on being approachable and giving sound, practical advice.  He is particularly sought after where sensitivity and understanding is required by solicitors and lay clients alike.  Francis is a tenacious advocate who always strives to be clear, concise, and pragmatic in his approach.

Francis is authorised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to undertake direct instructions from individuals and organisations.  He is also authorised by the BSB to conduct litigation.  He has a growing practice in this area and represents individuals and companies in his areas of practice.

Francis also has an active Pro-Bono practice and assists the Bar Pro-Bono Unit in London with their ever-increasing caseload.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Francis trained as a clinical neuropsychologist and neuroscientist at several internationally renowned research centres.  These include the Institute of Psychiatry (King’s College, London) Mount Sinai Medical Centre (New York), the Robarts Research Institute (London Ontario, Canada) and the ATR Human Information Processing Research Lab (Kyoto Japan).  He has been the recipient of many scholarships and fellowships throughout his career. His last faculty appointment to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience in the medical school at Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan.

In addition to publications in international peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, Francis presented research papers at national and international conferences in London, New York, and Los Angeles.

Before undertaking his career in the neurosciences, Francis was recruited by the London Metropolitan Police Service.  He served as an operational police officer and undertook general and specialist work.

Gail Escolme

Gail Escolme

Gail has specialised in employment law throughout her legal career.  She has an enviable reputation across the North West for providing sensible, practical and understandable advice to both employers and employees. 

Gail trained with a leading regional practice in Preston, before moving to Kendal for 8 years.  She started her own practice in 2013.

Gail is a people person and takes great pride in building strong relationships with her clients.  She is a friendly, down-to-earth professional, who is caring and eager to provide solutions and support when people need it most.

Helen Huxford

Helen Huxford

Helen is Managing Director of MD Law in Cardiff and has a wealth of experience practising in Private Client law throughout England and Wales.

Ingle Dawson

Ingle Dawson

Ingle designs and delivers management development programmes that facilitate sustainable change through enhanced understanding of organisational politics.

Ingle qualified as a chartered accountant, before becoming a partner in a major international firm.  In addition to advising clients and managing marketing initiatives, he had ongoing involvement in shaping the firm’s UK management development programme, and designing and delivering key courses.

Ingle has over 20 years’ experience in leadership and professional development.  Before joining Kaplan, he spent 7 years as a founding director of a successful change management consultancy, and for the last decade has worked in the field of leadership, change, and personal impact across a range of sectors, but with a continued focus on global businesses.  He works mainly but not exclusively at executive and senior leadership levels.

Janine Collins

Janine Collins

Janine is a non-practising solicitor and legal trainer.  She delivers courses, including the Client Care & Professional Standards core module on the Professional Skills Course (PSC).

Janine trained and worked as a commercial litigator in City law firms.  She then developed the network and conference programme for General Counsel, The CLO Programme.  She also ran her own boutique consultancy, Client Intelligence, carrying out client feedback appraisals for law firms.

John Loosemore

John Loosemore

John, founder of Kaplan Altior, has spoken to thousands of lawyers and advised many law firms, both in the UK and abroad, on practice management issues. 

He founded and built a large legal practice, which he ran for many years, and has been at the forefront of the debate on the future role of lawyers.

Judi Gadsby

Judi Gadsby

Judi qualified as a solicitor in 1998, having completed her training contract in the West End.  Upon qualification, she joined the Commercial Property department of Linklaters in the City.

During her time at Linklaters, Judi worked on many varied projects; including the letting of many large shopping centres, sales and purchases, development projects and property finance.

After a period in New York, Judi returned to London, where she represented lenders financing large property transactions.  After a career break, Judi took up a position as a teaching fellow at the University of Portsmouth, teaching Land Law and Commercial Property to the Masters students in the Civil Engineering department, as well as Land Law to the undergraduates in the Business and Law Faculty.

Judi is now a trainer, working closely with the next generation of solicitors.