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.

Browse our trainer profiles:

Martin Hyman



Martin qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and became Finance Director at two companies which he helped to list on the London Stock Exchange.

Martin teaches the Financial & Business Skills (“FBS”) module on the Professional Skills Course (“PSC”) for BARBRI Altior and works as a freelance Finance Director for several private companies.



  • Financial & Business Skills

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, Michael 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 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 acted 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, Michael is at the cutting-edge of evolving markets and industry trends.



Michele Henderson



Michele is a Chartered Legal Executive (“FCILEx”) and a registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (“TEP”).

With over 15 years’ experience in wills, probate, and lasting powers of attorney, Michele now works as a self-employed consultant with Cognitive Law.  Her work includes helping clients create wills and lasting powers of attorney, applications before the Court of Protection, advising clients of how to apply for probate and administering estates.

Michele hopes her extensive professional experience will assist the candidates understanding and make the course an interesting and practical learning experience, not just in their studies but in their future as a probate practitioner.

Michele has worked as a tutor with the Law Academy in Liverpool teaching both non graduates and graduates.  She is currently Chief Examiner with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives on the Wills & Succession modules and is scrutiniser for the Equity & Trusts and Elderly Client papers.

In addition, she is an assessor for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”) on the qualified thesis route to membership and Chief Examiner on the Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation.




Mike Winston



Mike is a solicitor-advocate (all courts), freelance legal trainer and Learning and Development Consultant at national defendant firm, Keoghs LLP.  He has over 25 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.



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 BARBRI Altior, Phil teaches the Client Care & Professional Standards (“CCPS”) and Financial & Business Skills (“FBS”) and Advocacy & Communication Skills (“Advocacy”) core modules, plus the Negotiation Skills for Lawyers elective on the Professional Skills Course (“PSC”).


Rachael Davis-Stollar



Rachael is an experienced and articulate professional skills trainer, mentor, and coach.  She practised in the city as a finance solicitor, specialising in restructuring and insolvency, before taking up an in-house commercial role with a listed company.  This combination of private and in-house practice afforded her a dual perspective (both as instructed and instructing solicitor) on the relevance and importance of commercial awareness to the development and success of today’s lawyers and law firms.

Whilst a lawyer in private practice, Rachael delivered technical and skills training to clients, lawyers, trainees, and executive support teams, and was significantly involved in both business development and knowledge management for the practice.  Given her experience working in and with law firms, she has a particular interest in lawyer commerciality and the alignment of legal advisory services with clients’ needs and objectives.

Rachael has been appointed a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire Business School in their Strategic Management Group and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.  She leads on the annual SELF programme on management and leadership and is an industry expert speaker on the Graduate MBA programme.  Outside of work, she is trustee and Chair of Fundraising for a national charity for children and adults with learning disability or autism and sits on the board of trustees of her local theatre.



Richard Stone



Richard is a solicitor-advocate, an accredited mediator, and a Certified Fraud Examiner.  He has specialised in criminal law throughout his career.

Formerly a partner with a firm in Manchester, he is now a freelance solicitor and court advocate and continues to prosecute and defend cases all over Greater Manchester and beyond.

In addition, Richard assesses and lectures extensively on several litigation, advocacy and client care courses and is also an external examiner for the Bar Professional Training Course (“BPTC”).



Rob Price



Rob is a non-practising solicitor and legal training consultant.

He delivers soft and technical skills courses on a wide range of topics, including Building Rapport, Handling Difficult People, Client Care, Complaints Handling, Time and Stress Management, Negotiation Skills, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation.

Rob trained and worked as a commercial litigator in private practice for several years at two national firms in Leeds, primarily acting for corporate defendants in complex civil, commercial, and environmental litigation matters.

He holds a Diploma in Performance Coaching and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning.