A unique law firm in the UK
For over 20 years our American partners have been litigating cases against some of the world’s largest companies and institutions including Volkswagen, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, the United States Department of Agriculture and others. They have obtained some of the largest US verdicts against the pharmaceutical industry including a verdict of $72.6 million and another of $34.3 million. They also have represented over 15,000 women who were injured as a result of being implanted with defective trans vaginal mesh products.
Additionally, our U.S. partners were class counsel in the landmark Pigford II settlement against the US Department for Agriculture which resolved for 1.2 billion dollars.
Our barristers and solicitors here in the UK are some of the best and brightest their professions have to offer. SPG Law prides itself on its ability to represent thousands of individuals who have been harmed by the wrongdoing of corporate giants and recover compensation for clients while giving each and every one the personal attention they deserve. SPG Law brings the knowledge obtained in the US in handling these large cases together with a staff of top lawyers in the UK, to create one of the world's most powerful legal teams entirely dedicated to the representation of the people against the powerful.
Meet the team
Bar Admission: England and Wales (Barrister) 2010
Education: Magdalen College, University of Oxford (BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Clare College, University of Cambridge (MPhil in Politics and Education Policy), City University, London (Graduate Diploma in Law), University of Law, London (Bar Vocational Course)
Tom Goodhead is a Barrister specialising in group litigation, consumer protection, product liability, private international law and clinical negligence.
Tom is heavily involved in the VW NOx Emissions Group Litigation on behalf of clients of SPG Law. Tom is also currently acting in a number of group actions arising from leaks of confidential medical data, defective products and foreign travel.
Tom has successfully acted as sole and co-counsel in numerous clinical negligence cases of up to £10m in value including cases involving severe birth injuries, strokes, delayed diagnoses of cancer, amputations, cauda equina syndrome, bariatric surgery and chronic pain disorders.
Tom’s work has a heavy international dimension. He has been instructed in cases arising from accidents in the United States of America, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Turkey, France, Belgium, Ascension Island, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia and Spain. He currently spends significant periods of time in Brazil in relation to contemplated litigation.
Head of Brazilian Law Desk
Lisa Heads the Medical Product Liability Department. She deals with large Group actions against manufacturers of defective medical products. Since joining SPG Law in February 2019, Lisa works closely with the American arm of SPG Law who have aggressively litigated cases successfully against some of the World’s leading manufacturers.
Lisa is currently instructed as the lead solicitor by the Chair of the Association for Children damaged by Hormone Pregnancy Testing involving the drugs, Primodos and Amenerone Forte. She currently represents around 200 victims and regularly speaks at their AGM, as well as working with Sky TV journalists who have taken a keen interest in the cause.
Other current group actions include Transvaginal Mesh and the Essure contraceptive device.
She now represents thousands of injured people seeking redress against huge corporations and she is the ‘go-to’ solicitor for defective medical products.
Lisa is a Senior Litigator member of APIL dealing with high value and complex claims of maximum severity.
Lisa was one of 5 Solicitors in the Country on the Steering Committee for the metal on metal hip group litigation.
The hip claims provoked a great deal of media interest. Lisa’s TV appearances included as an expert commentator on Granada Reports and of the BBC’s Inside Out programme. As a keynote speaker, Lisa’s engagements included a Metal on Metal Hip Conference alongside Professor Peter Kay, past president of the British Orthopaedic Association and past Vice President of the British Hip Society. She has provided expert comment for local and national newspapers.
Interests outside of work
Married, with three children, Lisa enjoys time with her family. She has a keen interest in cooking, travel and keeping fit. She often spends weekends watching her children play football.
Head Of Medical Product Liability
Andrew is a solicitor with over 22 years experience of litigation. Expert in consumer and land law, he has advised hundreds of clients on successful cases over the years, including previous group actions.
Andrew has made numerous press appearances (This Morning, Channel 4 news, Panorama, BBC news and radio), and is in demand as a speaker nationally. He has delivered talks all over England and Wales, and at the EU Parliament on two occasions.
In his spare time Andrew plays guitar and cycles. He also snowboards as often as possible.
Senior Solicitor / Liverpool
Emma obtained her undergraduate LLB (Hons) degree in Law from The University of Liverpool, her postgraduate LPC qualification from Liverpool John Moores University and qualified as a solicitor in 2009.
She worked for Silverbeck Rymer in Liverpool for over 10 years and Fletchers in Southport for almost 5 years, dealing with some of the highest value cases in the UK.
Emma specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence and has a wealth of experience of dealing with claimants with the most severe and life-changing injuries. In one of her most recent settled cases, Emma secured an award of £9.8 million for her client who suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of negligent medical treatment surrounding a ruptured brain aneurysm.
Emma’s passion lies in being able to use her skills and expertise to secure maximum compensation for her clients which in turn allows the injured person and their family to have choices regarding the future and security to enable them to rebuild their lives.
Emma is involved with Headway Wirral Charity and enjoys volunteering and providing support to those with acquired brain injury in her local area.
Emma has dedicated her time to the Thalidomide Trust and was involved in providing pro bono legal advice and guidance regarding equitable apportionment of compensation.
Outside of work, Emma enjoys painting and drawing and regularly visiting the vast array of art galleries in the North West.
Simon completed his law degree at the University of Liverpool and his LPC at BPP Law School. During his legal career he has handled fast and multi-track disease (asbestos, HAVS, NIHL, CTS, asthma, dermatitis), clinical negligence (informed consent, fatalities, mis-diagnosis, birth injuries), inquest representation, employment and property matters. He has handled cases in a group action against a large mine in the North East of England and has also been part of a team bringing a group action against a large aluminium manufacturer. He has prepared and taken cases to Trial on numerous occasions and has conducted advocacy before Circuit Judges in multi-track matters with Counsel in opposition to include CCMC’s. Simon has issued and defended numerous complex interim applications including setting precedent in relation to expert engineers in disease matters.
At SPG Simon is part of the VW and BA core teams and has a particular interest in data breach claims, GDPR, large scale disclosure projects and international law/jurisdictional arguments.
Away from law Simon enjoys spending time with his family and attending the gym.
Degree – 2:1 – International Business
Qualified ACL Costs Lawyer achieving highest exam result of all who sat the exam in 2012 scoring 89%.
I have 20 years experience as a Costs Draftsman/Costs Lawyer and currently work as Head of Costs and Head of Operations here at SPG Law
I was previously employed at Plexus Law, an excellent, highly regarded well established Defendant Insurance Solicitors Practice in Liverpool City Centre. I was also employed as Head of Costs at a claimant solicitors firm, HH Law, in Liverpool for over two years. Prior to this, I was employed at a nationwide Costs Drafting firm Lawlords Costs Consultants for over six years, with offices in London, Liverpool, Manchester, and Carlisle. A Top 100 Defendant Law Firm in Bolton, Keoghs LLP, for three years as a Team Leader and also worked as a Senior Manager at one of the largest claimant only UK Law Costs Practices, Compass Costs for four years.
My experience covers all aspects of law from Legal Aid Matrimonial matters to GLO’s, High Value Commercial Litigation, Clinical Negligence, Brain injury, Costs Budgets - Precedent H, CCMC's, Serious injury CAT/PI costs, EL, PL, OL, Industrial Disease, Travel Law, RTAs, Predictive, MOJ/Portal costs and Enforcement. I have experience of dealing with both claimant and defendant costs and have honed my advocacy skills at county court and SCCO level.
I have been managing high performing costs teams for the past fifteen years and have the ability to grow teams/file volumes and increase profit margins considerably.
In my spare time, I love spending time with my young family and watching Liverpool FC.
EA to Tom Goodhead & Office Manager
PA & Office Manager Assistant
Paralegal to Managing Partner
Undergraduate degree – Bachelor’s degree in French and English Law, Toulouse Capitole 1 University, France and Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
Postgraduate degrees – Master’s degree in General International Law, Paris-1 Sorbonne University, France
Master’s degree in European Union and World Trade Organisation Law, Rennes-1 University, France
LLM in International Trade and Foreign Investments Law, University of Ottawa, Canada
Final Postgraduate Research Project title – “The Economic Partnership Agreement, a renewal of the legal framework of the commercial relationship between the European Union and West Africa?”
Prior to working in SPG Law, Adèle graduated with a dual bilingual master’s degree in International Trade and Foreign Investments Law from the University of Ottawa in Canada and the University of Rennes 1 in France. She had previously received a bachelor’s degree in French and English Law and a master’s degree in General International Law.
As part of her legal research, she has focused on legal aspects of bilateral trade between the European Union and West Africa, the concept of fairness in WTO Law and early International Petroleum Law.
Adèle has always been interested in International Law and Human Rights. Since joining the firm, she has spent 2 months in Brazil working on a £5bn lawsuit against BHP. This involved travelling throughout Brazil and meeting with local victims and indigenous tribes affected by the 2015 Fundão Dam disaster.
Adèle has a long-standing involvement in supporting at-risk children in Europe and West Africa. In 2015, she volunteered at the minor’s detention centre in Lomé, Togo where she offered mental and legal support to young children, working closely with the Togolese Ministry of Justice to improve rehabilitation programs and prison conditions.
Outside of work, Adèle enjoys travelling as she has a natural aptitude for building relationships, meeting new people and learning from others. She speaks fluent French and English as well as elementary Italian. She is also passionate about football and supports her hometown team Stade Rennais F.C.
Undergraduate Degree – BA, Philosophy, Ethics & Religion – The University of Leeds
Postgraduate Qualification – Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
GDL Research Module – A critical analysis of the refuge crisis in Europe, and whether the existing provisions of International Law are effective in dealing with the current crisis
In his final year at the University of Leeds, Alasdair undertook an external placement with Leeds City Council and Leeds Minister. On this placement, Alasdair produced an external review of the Faith Covenant in Leeds and gave a presentation on Researching the Faith Covenant in Leeds. Alasdair also undertook work experience in the Planning and Environmental Department at Walker Morris LLP.
Alasdair previously gained professional paralegal experience on a highly sensitive commercial project at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and worked on a dispute resolution case at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.
In his spare time, Alasdair enjoys playing football, exercising, going to gigs and spending time with his family and friends. He also is a Manchester City season ticket holder (for all his sins) and has a passion for wildlife, especially marine life where he is actively involved with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Alasdair also enjoys reading books on sports, politics, philosophy, religion and science.
Alasdair cares deeply about environmental issues, specifically in relation to those that corporations are responsible for. Alasdair’s passion lies in bringing corporate companies to account who are in breach of the law and getting claimants the justice, they deserve.
Postgraduate Degree(s) – LLM, Law, Medicine and Healthcare (2018) from the University of Liverpool.
Postgraduate Dissertation – Is there a gender bias within the Mental health law system in the way it deals with female within the public health services.
Her LLM dissertation proposed a study and reflection on the male-dominated area of Mental health law and the use of its mechanisms which could demonstrate an underlying bias against female service users of the mental health services.
Marylene has extensive customer service and administrative support experience.
As a French national, Marylene is bringing a European perspective.
An advocate for social justice she is passionate about helping others and particularly supporting individuals and their families who have been victims of the negligence of medical practitioners.
Marylene is driven and excited about her career prospects at SPG Law.
Outside of her professional career, Marylene enjoys taking care of her family.
Undergraduate Degree – LLB Law (Hons) – Liverpool John Moore’s University
Vocational Legal Training – LPC - Liverpool John Moore’s University
Hazal is an enthusiastic paralegal at SPG law and is passionate about family law and civil litigation. Hazal is interested in working against corporations that are in breach of the law. Hazal has studied various modules whilst undergoing the LPC such as Advanced Personal Injury and Litigation which has strengthened her knowledge of the law around claims.
Hazal has undertaken pro-bono work at the Family Legal Clinic at Liverpool John Moores University, where she had various roles such as supporting solicitors and barristers on the “Nans Project” for CAMHS Street Law and creating a delivering a presentation to the grandmothers, solicitors and social carers. From shadowing a barrister while interviewing and advising clients, she has gained understanding of the interview and counselling process. She has gained many skills from being bilingual speaking fluent Turkish and English.
Outside of work, Hazal enjoys playing netball and to taking part in charity work she has competed in Race for Life twice and ran 10km for charity.
Under Graduate Degree – Law with Mandarin at the University of Liverpool
During my undergrad, I volunteered at the University of Liverpool Law Clinic where I worked on Statelessness cases and fresh claim projects. In my final. year, I worked at the South Sefton Magistrates Court, under the Witness Service, where my role was to support witnesses through the experience of giving evidence in court.
I was awarded a Community Engagement Award for contribution to the work related to Research for UN Universal Periodic Review of the UK 2016-2017 and a Community Engagement Award for contribution to work of the Law Clinic Statelessness Project 2016-2017.
LLM – University of Liverpool
I am currently doing a full-time master’s degree in international law and human rights.
I am very passionate about gender equality and have written a paper on Reservations Mechanisms and CEDAW, which has been accepted by the University of Liverpool Law Review. I am also interested in Business and human rights, especially fighting for justice for those whose rights have been infringed upon by multi-national corporations.
Hobbies - Outside of work I enjoy hiking, painting and dancing salsa.
Undergraduate Degree: LLB First Class Honours, University of Liverpool
Jordan joined SPG in 2018 after graduating from the University of Liverpool. Jordan possesses strong commercial awareness and maintains an interest in global financial markets. As such, his final year LLB modules all had a corporate focus, with Jordan particularly thriving in international investment and commercial law.
Whilst at the University of Liverpool, Jordan received an award for his presentation critiquing the contemporary climate of international investment arbitration. The panel commended his consideration of geopolitical and economic factors and their effects on investment regulation.
In his spare time, Jordan is passionate about tennis and has formerly competed at a national level. Jordan captained the University of Liverpool Men’s Tennis first team and led his team to numerous varsity and BUCS league victories. He also coaches and mentors’ young players seeking to obtain international rankings.
Undergraduate degree - Ba (Hons) Architecture - the University of Liverpool
Oliver, also well-travelled, meeting various people along the way, tailoring him to be great at understanding and engaging with all kinds of people.
In his so far short time at SPG he has quickly found an area of focus; commercial negligence, currently specialising in the Automotive Industry.
He even likes to make it his job to round up the team at the end probably a week to enjoy some well-deserved down time together.
Undergraduate degree – LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology – The University of Liverpool
Having recently graduated from the University of Liverpool achieving a degree in Law with Criminology LLB (Hons), Kajal has a keen interest in many different aspects of law mainly being consumer rights, tort, family and commercial law.
Prior to working in SPG law, Kajal gained a copious amount of retail experience by working in Pop Boutique and Next, this is something that she enjoyed as fashion is also one of her main interests. Alongside working in retail, Kajal also undertook voluntary work at Prism Youth Project, which essentially helped and supported the most vulnerable young people. Volunteering at Prism Youth Project, emphasised Kajal’s interest of working with vulnerable people, which she hopes to continue in working in SPG.
Outside of work, Kajal is also interested in keeping healthy as she often goes to the gym and swimming in her spare time. Reading is a hobby that Kajal frequently enjoys, as she likes to be engrossed in a book. She is also an enthusiastic and outgoing individual who spends time with friends and family.
Undergraduate degree – BA (Hons.) History – University of Manchester, Graduate Diploma in Law – BPP University
After graduating with a degree in History, Callum decided to make the transition into law after completing an in-house placement at the defense contractor, General Dynamics UK. During his time at BPP University, Callum undertook pro-bono work for the homelessness and housing charity Shelter UK, where he assisted clients on matters concerning poor housing conditions and disputes with landlords.
Since joining SPG Law in January 2019, Callum has spent a month in Brazil working on a £5bn lawsuit against the mining company, BHP. The trip involved travelling to affected areas throughout the country, meeting with victims of the 2015 Fundão dam disaster and learning about how their lives have been affected by the dam’s collapse. The highlight of the trip was being offered a unique opportunity to spend two days with the Pataxó, an indigenous tribe. The trip helped us learn more about indigenous culture, their persecution and how the dam collapse affected their livelihoods.
Callum is a keen sportsman; he has represented his country at rugby and plays golf off a handicap of 9. In his spare time, Callum enjoys travelling, and within the last year has visited China and various countries throughout Europe.
Dominic started working at SPG in March 2019 as a Law Costs Draftsman.
He has worked on a wide variety of cases ranging from Commercial Litigation and Actions against the Police to Court of Protection and Contentious Probate.
Previously, Dom worked predominantly on Clinical and Medical Negligence matters, preparing Bills of Costs and Costs Budgets on cases with damages in excess of £10 million, working from inception to conclusion of the Detailed Assessment process.
Dom currently works side by side with the Solicitors and Paralegals within SPG advising on all aspects of costs law, Costs Budgeting and the preparation of Bills of Costs.
Dom has worked in the legal sector for over 10 years, initially starting off as an Administration Assistant at the age of 17, working within a Criminal Law firm in Liverpool, before moving on to become a Family Law Paralegal at Morecrofts Solicitors. Working closely with the Senior Partners and Counsel, assisting with the day to day running of cases and attending Conferences and Court Hearings.
Paddle Boarding (on vacation)
Also a keen Skier
Hi, my name is Jan. I am a mum to five children. I am an Essure survivor and have lost many years of my life (and working life due to being sick).
I love speaking to people and meeting new people. I am a good listener, a good friend, and help ladies 24/7 on a support Group for Essure ladies. Support is now part of my life, and part of me.
I enjoy time with my husband, children, and dogs, and we have enjoyed canal holidays for several years. I am proud to work for SPG Law and proud to help build an army for justice for ladies.
U.K. Registered Foreign Lawyer
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1988)
Supreme Court of New Jersey (1989)
United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1989)
United States District Court, District of New Jersey (1994)
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York (2005)
United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas (2006)
United States District Court, District of Columbia (2007)
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (2002)
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (1995)
Harris L. Pogust has spent his career representing people who have been injured not only by the negligence of others, but also by the greed and intentional actions of large corporations across the country, including software companies, manufacturing companies, and pharmaceutical companies, as well as the federal government.
For over twenty-five years, Harris has been litigating, bringing to trial, and settling claims on behalf of his injured clients, and has over twenty years of experience in working as lead counsel in class action suits, state court mass tort programs, and federal, multi-district litigation programs. Currently, Harris has served as lead counsel in In re Celexa and Lexapro Products Liability Litigation, E.D. Mo., MDL No. 1736, liaison counsel in In re Paxil, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, No. 1503, and is also representing thousands of African-American farmers in discriminatory lending claims against the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”).
Tony has over 30 years’ experience of advising clients on all aspects of commercial disputes, including procedures to avoid disputes, early settlements and trial expertise. Prior to joining SPG, Tony was Senior Litigation Counsel at a large property development and retail company and was previously a Partner at a number of national and international law firms.
Tony’s recent cases include the following:-
- Advising on a number of high profile boardroom disputes including contractual, shareholder and employment claims;
- Advising on the tax implications following the purchase of a company, including corresponding with HMRC;
- Acting for exiting employees in restrictive covenant litigation;
- Advising the remaining members in a professional LLP following the departure of one of the founding members; and
- Acting for a Hong Kong company in a rates dispute with Manchester City Council.
Head of Consumer Protection Litigation
Sara is a qualified Solicitor and Head of International Claims at SPG Law. She has over 15 years’ experience in complex areas of law. Her high level of knowledge, skill, and experience has meant her being accredited by the Law Society for her specialism in Clinical Negligence. She has also been a Senior Litigator of APIL for 8 years.
Sara was Head of Medical Negligence in 2020 Legal t/a as Camps and Your Legal Friend for the 9 years which at its height was a team of 38. She trained in large and respected claimant clinical negligence firm (Goodmans) and has also worked for a large national defendant firm which gives her a unique perspective into defendant practices and the ability to assess cases from both sides.
The 2017 Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession described Sara as “approachable, sharp and honest” and she has been ranked in Band 2 since 2017.
The clinical negligence team she ran is part of at Your Legal Friend was described by Chambers 2017 as ‘very responsive and on the ball’.
The Legal 500 has recommended Sara in their lawyer rankings every year since 2016.
2017 - “for her work on cases arising from a delay in diagnosis of cancer and orthopaedic matters including brachial plexus and Erbs palsy injuries”.
2018 her team was mentioned as a “ ‘very knowledgeable team that has a wonderful touch with clients’. Sara Stanger is ‘efficient, resolute and perceptive’.
Sara has experience in running a wide range of cases and is currently the lead solicitor on the Fundao Dam Disaster case which is valued at $5 Billion.
“I am proud to be a part of this dynamic firm, which holds large corporations to account.”
Head of International Claims / Liverpool
Gladuela qualified as a Solicitor in 2016 and joined SPG Law in April 2019 from a background primarily in litigation. With a keen interest in pursuing justice, Gladuela prides herself on maintaining integrity during the pressures of litigation and boldly challenging erroneous thinking during the course of the litigation process.
Outside of work, Gladuela is passionate about traveling with her husband and developing her love of languages.
Rachael completed her undergraduate degree in Law at Bangor University before completing the LPC at University of Law Chester. She qualified as a Solicitor in February 2019.
Rachael worked with 2020 Legal Limited t/a Camps and Your Legal Friend for 7 years, dealing with personal injury, clinical negligence, and group litigation before joining SPG Law as a newly qualified Solicitor.
During her time at 2020 Legal, Rachael was part of the charity team and often organised fundraising events. She hopes to be able to do the same for SPG. In May 2018 Rachael won the Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division ‘Star Trainee Solicitor of 2018’ for her work with 2020 Legal and Charity.
Outside of work Rachael enjoys weightlifting, reading and watching films, as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Undergraduate Degree – Business economics – John Moore’s University
Rob has over 12 years IT experience and 7 as a Proclaim developer. His experience covers a large variety of legal case types including personal injury, (both claimant and defendant) Medical Negligence, Industrial disease, family law, conveyancing, probate, employment law, Subrogation and recovery and mass litigation. Prior to joining SPG he was the lead developer in the legal arm of a large international loss adjusting firm and was instrumental in the setting up of their system and a finance link that feeds into the New York stock exchange.
Outside of work Rob is a qualified scuba diver, though rarely gets to enjoy this pursuit in the UK. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, children and dog.
Lead Proclaim Developer
University of Central Lancashire: FD Business and Finance
Owen joined the SPG Law team in December 2018 as a Proclaim developer responsible for the maintenance and improvement of business-critical systems. After several successful workflow initiatives he has taken on the challenge of managing the growing IT team and developing the IT solution as SPG continue to grow.
With a background in Process Improvement and Compliance, Owen strives to work in accordance with his values of integrity and truth, advocating ‘Working smarter, not just harder’.
Owen has run several businesses over the past 5 years, ranging from development contracting to Windows maintenance.
Outside of work, Owen enjoys spending time with his young family and traveling abroad.
Undergraduate Degree – University of York, History of Art, BA 1st
Eloise is an experienced Paralegal who has worked in the Criminal, Conveyancing and Personal Injury Departments of several large Law Firms. Eloise also has experience of in-house and agency Recruitment.
More than anything, Eloise enjoys working with people and contributing to a successful and enjoyable workplace.
Outside of work, Eloise likes to go running (supposedly) and painting commissions.
Office Manager / Liverpool
Rachael started working at SPG in May 2019 as a PA/ Legal Assistant.
Rachael has worked in the legal sector for over 15 years starting off at the age of 16 as an Office Junior at Mackrell & Thomas Solicitors where she worked for 10 years gaining experience working in different roles such as receptionist, accounts and legal secretary and working within various areas of law including Clinical Negligence, Criminal, PI, RTA, Family, CICA, Debt and Welfare Benefits. From there she moved onto working at 2020 Legal Limited t/a Camps and Your Legal Friend Solicitors for 6 years working in the Clinical Negligence Department as a Legal Assistant Supervisor and managing a team of 8 legal assistants.
In her spare time Rachael enjoys socialising, attends her local gym and takes part in all different types of fitness classes, walking and looks forward to travelling.
Pa & Legal Assistant
Undergraduate Degree – LLB Law First Class Honours from The University of Liverpool
Once graduating from the University of Liverpool, Sarm undertook legal work experience at a Criminal Law firm, based in his home city of York, where he shadowed barristers and solicitors in the Magistrates Court.
Sarm began working at SPG in November 2018. Since joining, Sarm has spent a month working in Brazil on the Fundao dam disaster case, one of the largest class action suits ever brought in English Courts, which affected around 200,000 individuals. During his time there, Sarm travelled to various cities and met with victims of the dam collapse to take their witness statements and discover how their lives had been affected by the disaster.
In his spare time, Sarm enjoys playing and watching football, working out at the gym and watching Formula 1. Sarm is also a keen traveller and within the last year he has visited Cape Verde, Prague, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Tehran and is looking forward to going to the Caribbean this summer.
Undergraduate Degree – LLB Law (Hons) - The University of Liverpool
Postgraduate Degree(s) – LLM, Professional Legal Skills (ongoing)
Vocational Legal Training – LPC – BPP University, Liverpool
Postgraduate Dissertation – “Anonymity should be extended to defendants involved in committing sexual offences to protect their right to privacy and avoid potential injustice”
Chris is currently a paralegal with SPG law and is passionate about commercial law. Chris’s passion for the area was demonstrated by his electives at both undergraduate level and during his LPC, which included Advanced Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Law and Company Law. His interest in claimant-based litigation has grown since starting work at SPG Law. Chris finds that being able to work exclusively against corporate wrongdoing is incredibly rewarding work. Chris’s interest in acting for those without the resources that large companies enjoy stems from his volunteering work for Citizens Advice.
Outside of work, Chris enjoys exercising and playing various sports, including football and badminton.
Undergraduate Degree – LLB (Hons) with Criminology - The University of Liverpool
Postgraduate Degree(s) – LLM, International and Human Rights Law (ongoing)
Postgraduate Dissertation – An intervention into the current debate in the human rights discipline on economic inequality focusing on the interaction between and impact of the current neoliberal ‘free market’ ideology on human rights law and international criminal law
Alongside core legal modules in her undergraduate degree, Naomi studied international criminal law and human rights issues, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Incorporating criminology as a minor allowed her to explore gender issues in the criminal justice system and corporate crime.
Beginning her legal profession in the University’s award-winning Law Clinic, Naomi worked on a variety of cases including a ‘statelessness’ case. This further fuelled an interest in immigration and human rights issues, which led to Naomi undertaking a postgraduate degree in International Human Rights Law. Her LLM dissertation poses an intervention into the current debate in the human rights discipline on economic inequality focusing on the interaction between and impact of the current neoliberal ‘free market’ ideology on human rights law and international criminal law.
During her University years, Naomi was the Vice President of Help the Homeless society Naomi. Alongside her academic colleagues, she has been working on a collaborative piece of work which is soon to be published. The piece focuses on human rights issues and policy surrounding homelessness and psychological care provision.
Naomi has extensive customer service experience. As a passionate, young individual with ambition and drive, she is extremely excited to be fulfilling her role as paralegal at SPG Law, who as a firm, are aiming to hold some of the biggest corporations to account for their wrongful conduct. Naomi is excited for her career to progress intends to undertake the Legal Practice Course and qualify as a solicitor in the near future.
Outside her professional career, some of Naomi’s passions include keeping fit and active alongside undertaking volunteer work with those experiencing homeless, refugees and those seeking asylum.
Undergraduate Degree –Law graduate from the University of Leeds with upper second class honours.
I have always been passionate about volunteering, varying from helping in Sheltered Accommodation for the elderly to being a MOSAIC mentor- helping to increase 14 and 15 year olds confidence, self-efficacy and teamwork skills. Most recently, I have been a volunteer at the Personal Support Unit, helping litigants in Person engage with the judicial process. This has motivated me to fight for the everyday person.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis and walks with my dog.
In his spare time Kyle enjoys both playing and watching football. He also likes playing rugby and going to the gym. Kyle is currently looking to enroll on the CILEx course in September 2019 to further his career in law.
Having recently graduated from the University of Liverpool with BA Hons in Philosophy, Rachel is moving in to her legal career with SPG law after developing a keen interest in ethics and human rights through her studies and international volunteer experiences.
Following university Rachel worked for a female-orientated charity, the Women’s Organisation, which focused on helping women in the Liverpool region from diverse backgrounds to gain employment or set up their own businesses.
Outside of work Rachel has been a passionate runner from a young age, having been a member and coach at her home athletics club and regularly participating in long-distance events.
Rachel also enjoys the opportunity to speak and socialise in Spanish, which she has developed through school-taught study. She also utilised this skill whilst working with American volunteer group GIVE in Nicaragua to teach English in a local school.
Alongside her role at SPG law Rachel hopes to commence legal study and attain her GDL qualification.
Undergraduate Degree – LLB Law - University of Central Lancashire
Postgraduate Degree – LLM in Legal Practice – University of Central Lancashire
Vocational Legal Training – LPC – University of Central Lancashire
Stephen has previously completed his undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational legal education before joining SPG Law. Stephen focused on the development of Intellectual Property Law and the relationships between the EU and UK legal systems during his LPC. Stephen wrote his LPC dissertation on the impact of EU rulings, particularly Factortame and Infopaq, on the development and implication of IP law in the UK market.
Stephen has previously worked in Civil Litigation, joining SPG from Slater & Gordon where he worked after graduating. His work there primarily focussed on personal injury and road traffic accidents.
Before settling on a legal career, Stephen was a competitive disabled athlete, competing internationally in several sports. This allowed Stephen to develop a great teamwork mentality and capability to perform under all pressures.
Outside of SPG, Stephen still enjoys playing sports but no longer at an elite professional level. Alongside this, Stephen enjoys socialising with his colleagues after a hard week at work!
Undergraduate Degree – LLB Law (Hons) - University of Leeds
Undergraduate Dissertation – ‘Preying’ for Jehovah’s Witnesses: To what extent does the liberal state promote religious pluralism and protect the religious freedom of minority groups?
Bethan is an aspiring solicitor with interests in human rights law, previously working for the Welfare Rights Unit of Leeds City Council supporting client claims, she is looking forward to exploring claimant litigation as a paralegal at SPG Law.
A keen advocate for women’s rights and acting ambassador of Women Breaking Barriers Network (WBBN) under the Law School at the University of Leeds; Bethan will continue in this supporting role now as a graduate to inspire others in both academia and the workplace. Bethan is also a blogger for women’s reproductive health matters and member and activist of PCOS (Cysters in the UK) and Endometriosis UK support groups. Bethan hopes that her role at SPG Law will encourage her women’s rights advocacy in areas such as product liability.
In her spare time, Bethan enjoys reading literature that isn’t exclusively Law-related, whether it be non-fiction novels or the extensive gin list at her local bar, and spending time with her loved ones on the Wirral and across the Pennines in Bradford.
Undergraduate Degree – LLB (Hons) - The University of Liverpool
Vocational Legal Training – LPC – University of Law, Manchester
LPC Research Project – “A ‘PESTEL’ analysis of the Personal Injury Market”
Kudzai Matsika graduated from the University of Liverpool with a bachelor’s degree in Law and subsequently completed her LPC at the University of Law (Manchester). In her LPC she did a research project titled “A PESTEL analysis of the Personal Injury Market,” looking at how issues such as legislative changes, Brexit, Technological advances etc… impact the PI market.
Kudzai has previously worked in the fields of employment and discrimination Law and is passionate about working in claimant-based litigation as she feels strongly that big corporations should be held accountable for the injustices they commit. This interest stems from her time volunteering for the Citizens Advice Bureau where she got the chance to act for victims in different areas such as Benefits, Debt and Housing.
Aside from Law, Kudzai’s other academic interests lie in Philosophy, particularly Metaphysics and the Philosophy of religion.
Outside of work, Kudzai enjoys cooking, socialising with friends and family as well as being lost in a good book.
Undergraduate degree: LLB Law (Hons), The University of Liverpool
Vocational Legal Training: LLM Legal Practice Course, BPP Manchester (ongoing)
Inez Sala is an aspiring solicitor, who is currently studying LLM Legal Practice Course at BPP Manchester, alongside her work as a paralegal at SPG Law. Inez is passionate about commercial as well as employment law and international arbitration. Inez has worked as a legal assistant in a Manchester-based law firm, specialising in personal injury, employment, immigration and family law.
Volunteering has been central to Inez’s personal and professional development. She previously worked as a general adviser at Citizens Advice Bureau, assisting clients with housing and employment issues as well as answering their queries about consumer and tax matters. She also took part in Family Court Project, ran by the award-winning Liverpool Law Clinic, where she had a chance to assist the clients during trials and collaborated with solicitors to advise the clients about the next steps of the legal procedure.
In her spare time, Inez enjoys travelling and getting to know different languages. So far she has managed to visit 19 countries. She speaks fluent Polish and English as well as communicative German. In the near future, Inez would like to visit Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya as well as the Taj Mahal in India.
Undergraduate Degree - Edge Hill University, Computing BSc, First with Honours
Amanda has always been passionate about ethical work practices and has focused her studies around this wherever possible. Her role with SPG is her first step towards her goal of supporting a firm who champion these same values.
Amanda has completed multiple inter-school placements focused on delivering internet security lessons, workshops and talks to students of all ages to aid in children and young adults knowing how to stay safe and secure when navigating the web.
In her personal time Amanda is an avid reader and has begun learning Korean in her spare time.
Ellen is an experienced secretary who has worked in various Personal Injury firms over the years.
Ellen really enjoys meeting and working with people from all walks of life.
During her spare time, Ellen enjoys keeping fit with running, weight training and yoga.