Trainer profiles

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Michael Cotter

Michael Cotter

Michael is a consultant solicitor advocate and Financial Services & Litigation lawyer, who offers expertise in regulated industries including pensions, financial products and investments. 

From complicated regulated-services fraud, to emerging unregulated schemes that target unsophisticated investors, he is an experienced litigator, advising clients in multi-million pound actions against investment services. 

Adept at complicated class-action claims and a professional negligence expert, Michael most recently assisted in the recovery of over £25m to investors as the lead lawyer in the matter against Arck LLP and those connected.  Having uncovered the fraud that affected over 250 clients, he took action to successfully assist with the return of millions from the Yorkshire Bank for those victims.  This case led to the prosecution of the directors of Arck LLP, following an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. 

Michael also assists clients in Judicial Review proceedings against the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and Financial Ombudsman Service. 

As a regular media commentator for titles such as The Times, The Financial Times, Money Mail, Professional Adviser and Citywire, he is at the cutting-edge of evolving markets and industry trends.

Michael Rust

Michael Rust

Michael is a senior Commercial Property locum solicitor, based in Leeds, providing practice support.

After graduating in jurisprudence, he studied and worked in the European Institutions and then trained at the then Pinsent & Co. (now Pinsent Masons) in Birmingham.  After working as an Assistant Solicitor with Commercial solicitors Baxter Caulfield & Co. in Huddersfield and in general practice in Wakefield, Michael became a Partner/Principal in general practice in East Lancashire, where he remained for 25 years. 

In 2010, Michael moved to work in and from Yorkshire, providing practice support.  This took the form of inter alias standing in for Heads of Department/Senior Partners, who had either retired or were absent due to illness/incapacity. 

After his recent experience guiding firms through the process of evaluating and expanding their Commercial Property departments, Michael is well placed to put across the ins and outs of Commercial Property work for the benefit of the aspiring practitioner.

Mike Winston

Mike Winston

Mike is a solicitor-advocate (all Courts), a freelance legal trainer and a Learning and Development Consultant at national defendant firm Keoghs LLP.  He has over twenty years’ experience as a litigator and advocate and has handled a wide variety of matters from simple debt actions, up to injury claims of the utmost severity (brain injuries, spinal injuries and amputations). 

Mike is an experienced trainer and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, holding a Level 3 accreditation.  He designs and delivers training courses on a variety of subjects for all levels of lawyer, including a programme which won a National Training Award in 2011.

Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones

Nathan is a Barrister, practicing at 30 Park Place Chambers in Cardiff.  He has an extensive Family Law practice, with a particular emphasis on Public Law and Family Finance.  He frequently represents Local Authorities in care proceedings in the Family Court.  Nathan also has considerable experience of representing parents and the Children’s Guardian at final hearing, in relation to cases of neglect, sexual abuse and non-accidental injury.

Nathan is one of the leading Sports Law practitioners in Wales.  He offers specialist legal advice and representation to those involved in professional and amateur sports.  Nathan is Chairman of the Football Association of Wales National Safeguarding Panel and Disciplinary Appeals Panel.  He was also recently appointed as a Legal Arbitrator (Development) to the Sport Resolutions Panel, to sit on cases in respect of professional football, integrity and discipline and Paralympic and disability.

Nathan has previously worked as a lecturer in Law at the University of South Wales and regularly assists in providing training for solicitors and local authorities, and also the Bar Council, in delivering education for universities and schools on the Wales and Chester Circuit.

Neeta Halai

Neeta Halai

Neeta is a corporate skills training consultant, who qualified as a solicitor in 2001.  She uses the psychology of human behaviour in her training and coaching programmes, which gets results. 

Neeta travels both nationally and internationally to train lawyers, business professionals and students.  She is a certified practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), SEI Emotional Intelligence and is also an SEI Emotional Intelligence Assessor.  Neeta also holds a Certificate in Teaching English to Adults (CELTA).

Nick Howard

Nick Howard

Nick is an experienced trainer and practitioner. 

Admitted as a solicitor in 2001, he is currently practising in constitutional and administrative law. 

Nick was formerly Faculty Manager at Kaplan Altior and has lectured on LPC, GDL and LLB programmes at the University of Law (Birmingham) and the University of South Wales. 

He delivers training for Kaplan Altior on Client Care & Professional Standards, Business Writing Essentials and Negotiation Skills for Lawyers.

Nick Parker

Nick Parker

Nick is an equity partner in Berry Smith LLP and heads up their Dispute Resolution team, specialising in commercial disputes. He is also a civil and commercial mediator and Deputy District Judge. He therefore has wide practical experience in the legal sector, and the challenges that solicitors and legal businesses currently face.     

Phil Lyons

Phil Lyons

Phil is a former police officer, who then qualified as a solicitor and has practiced Civil and Criminal litigation since 1989. 

He began teaching part-time in 2000, obtained a BTEC in adult education in 2010 and now works full-time as a freelance legal skills trainer. 

For Kaplan Altior, he teaches Client Care & Professional Standards, Financial & Business Skills and Negotiation Skills for Lawyers.