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Richard Stone

Richard Stone

Richard is a solicitor-advocate and has specialised in Criminal law throughout his career.

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

In addition, he assesses and lectures extensively on a number of Criminal law, advocacy and client care courses and is also an external examiner for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Rob Price

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 Commercial 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.

Robin Jones

Robin Jones

Robin qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and worked in private practice in North Wales before joining the North Wales Prosecuting Solicitors Department in 1985. 

He transferred to the CPS in 1986, where he worked until March 2012.  During that period, he dealt with a wide range of cases and carried a varied and serious caseload.  Robin was involved in national training in the CPS from 2001.  From 2008 until he left the organisation, he held the position of Legal Development Manager, designing and delivering training to a range of staff on legal subjects, such as the law in relation to youths, to skills training such as advocacy. 

Robin is an experienced Magistrates` Court advocate, having appeared in Court for over 30 years.  He is also an experienced advocacy assessor.

Roy Morgan

Roy Morgan

Roy is a solicitor-advocate and Certified Fraud Examiner.  He founded his own practice in 1985 that became one of the largest practices in Wales and joint top Criminal law firm. 

Described as “a leading light in Criminal law” (Legal 500) with more than 30 years’ advocacy experience, Roy is Kaplan Altior’s lead advocacy trainer and assessor for the Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal), Advocacy & Communication Skills and CILEx Criminal Proceedings Advocacy Skills.  He also conducts courses on such matters as Trial Strategy Planning, Handing Experts and Criminal Cross-Examination Techniques

A former Chair of LAPG and past President of Cardiff and District Law Society, Roy has sat on various working groups and given evidence before the Select Committee on the delivery of legal services.  He also delivers practical skills courses such as Business Development & Networking Skills and Time & Stress Management.

Roy pioneered a number of projects and pilots for the delivery of legal services, is a media spokesperson on legal matters and has featured on various BBC television and radio programmes (Lawyers Casebook, Good Morning Wales, Today, The Jeremy Vine Show and The One Show).

Safda Mahmood

Safda Mahmood

Safda is a Senior Solicitor and lecturer, having practiced in both private practice and local government.  He regularly appears in Court and during seminars or conferences focuses on the practice of Family Law.

Safda specialises and practices predominantly in Children Law and Adoption.  He has taught for over 17 years to Solicitors, Barristers, Legal Executives, Trainees and Academics across England and Wales. 

Safda is CPD accredited and is an established member of the Law Society Children Panel.  He has had articles published on Family Law in various Legal Journals.

Sarah Cookson

Sarah Cookson

Sarah is a solicitor and Director/Head of Conveyancing at Yorkshire firm, Switalskis Solicitors. 

She has been practising conveyancing for nearly 20 years and, as such, has a thorough understanding of the practical aspects of practice, together with heading up her own team. 

Sarah has also acted as a Deputy Money Laundering Officer, dealing with aspects such as the ever-changing threats to clients and firms through cybercrime.

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Sarah Lion-Cachet

After studying Psychology at Oxford University, Sarah converted to Law.  She completed her training contract at Herbert Smith Freehills and qualified into their Commercial Litigation department.  Sarah practised in this department until she became involved in legal training.

She has been a legal training consultant now for over 10 years, specialising in teaching advocacy skills to trainee solicitors.

Shân Cole

Shân Cole

Shân is a qualified solicitor and worked in Eversheds during her time in the profession.  She holds a current practising certificate.  Shân also holds a judicial appointment, being a part-time adjudicator in the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. 

Shân has wide experience as a lecturer, having taught at the University of Glamorgan for over 20 years, on both undergraduate and professional courses – including being Legal Practice Course (LPC) Course Director.

Her areas of expertise are in Land/Property Law, Wills and Trusts.  She is currently a part time tutor at Cardiff Law School, teaching on the LLB, LPC and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) programmes. 

Shân is also an external examiner for the University of Law and a critical reader for the Open University.  She is currently Chief Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) with responsibility for the Probate Practice and the Law of the Elderly Client modules.