Trainer profiles

At Altior, we're extremely proud to be able to offer you the opportunity to work with extensively experienced qualified trainers and examiners from across the legal sector.

If you're interested in working with Altior as a trainer, please contact us for more information.

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Katie Best

Katie is a management and leadership expert, who has worked with a wide-range of organisations to develop and deliver effective leadership and management training and coaching services.

She works closely with clients to scope, design and deliver learning interventions that will benefit their organisation and their people.

Katie also lectures in Business and Management for universities and professional colleges.  She tends to teach Business Management and Leadership, but because those are wide subjects, Katie is also comfortable with teaching Strategy, Economics, Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management.

Kate gained a PhD from King’s College London Department of Management, focusing on work practices in the cultural and creative sector.  She has had articles published in top ranked journals, including Organisation Studies (2015) and Human Relations (2018).  Katie likes to use her research and consultancy experience to help others deal with the quagmire of management and leadership research and practice.

Mac Mackay

Mac specialises in advising law firms on marketing (CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing, 2014), as well as management skills, leadership, improved performance and client care, from front-line to Partner level.

He established a marketing and training consultancy (1991), specialising in professional services, and has worked in the USA.

He addressed World-Link for Law conferences in Istanbul (2006), Boston (2007) and Athens (2010) on personal skills development and business improvement.

Previously approved by the Law Society to deliver finance modules on Management Course Stages 1 and 2, he has designed and delivered a wide variety of popular open programmes, including on the Professional Skills Course (PSC) and has developed in-house courses for many firms.

Martin Hyman

Martin qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and was then the Finance Director at two companies, which he helped to list on AIM.

When he is not lecturing for Altior, Martin works as a freelance Finance Director for several private companies.

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 TimesThe Financial Times, Money Mail, Professional Adviser and Citywire, he is at the cutting-edge of evolving markets and industry trends.

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 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 20 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 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 re-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.  He often appears as a legal commentator for BBC Wales and BBC Radio Wales.

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 the Bar Council, in delivering education for universities and schools on the Wales and Chester Circuit.

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 an SEI Emotional Intelligence Assessor.  Neeta also holds a Certificate in Teaching English to Adults (CELTA).

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