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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 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.

She has recently been appointed to the sit on the Law Society Property Section Committee.

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.

Simone Pearlman

Simone Pearlman

Simone is a qualified lawyer with 30 years’ experience in a major City and global law firm, including 24 years in knowledge management, working on strategy and its practical application. 

She has extensive experience of leading and managing innovative projects in London and across global teams, working with and influencing lawyers, business services teams and the firm’s major clients. 

Simone has excellent training skills with many years' experience devising training sessions, delivering courses and running training programmes for lawyers, clients and support staff; presenting and chairing seminars and market leading conferences; setting up a Women’s Network and leading and building a large team. 

She is commercially aware with excellent presentation, training, leadership and management skills; an engaging and pragmatic communication style; strong problem solving and project management skills; and an aptitude for developing positive relationships.

Simone has previous experience as a University of Law tutor, Head of Legal Knowledge, professional support lawyer and litigation associate.  She has an MA Law from the University of Cambridge.