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Faculty - Autumn in London

Thomas Beale
Senior Associate Solicitor, McAllister Olivarius/AO Advocates

Professor Beale qualified as a solicitor of England & Wales in 2008 and is an experienced litigator, working on a wide range of cases including complex multi-track claims in the High Court. Beale has always worked at leading law firms in the UK, where he has successfully run cases to trial, recovering substantial settlements for his clients. He has acted on a wide range of matters including commercial contract claims, multi-million-pound trustee disputes and breach of employment contract claims.

Beale received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from the University of Manchester in 2002. He then worked for the growing digital agency Fast Web Media in Manchester as a sports journalist, collaborating with BBC America. Professor Beale continued to work as a freelance journalist while undertaking his legal studies. He studied for his Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London, which he successfully completed in 2005.

He trained at a West London firm, where his seats included commercial litigation, probate and commercial property law. Following qualification, he moved into civil litigation, taking a particular interest in public liability and employers’ liability.

Andrea Biondi
Professor of European Law, Director
Centre for European Law at King's College London

Andrea Biondi is a professor of European Union Law and the director of the Centre for European Law at King's College London. He is a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Warsaw and at Georgetown University. He is a member of the Bar of Florence as well as being an Academic Member of Francis Taylor Buildings Chambers in London. Professor Biondi is on the International Advisory Board of European Public Law, King's College Law Journal, London Law Review, the European Public Private Partnership Law Review, and he is the general editor of the Kluwer European Law Collection.

Michael Finch
Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law

Professor Finch joined the law faculty in 1982, after practicing law in New England. While attending Harvard Law School, he served as research assistant to Professor Allen Dershowitz.

Professor Finch has published extensively, including articles in the Minnesota Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, and the Business Lawyer. His work has been cited by numerous federal and state courts, including the United States Supreme Court and the Florida Supreme Court. He is the co-author with colleague Michael Allen of the text, An Illustrated Guide to Civil Procedure (Aspen 2010). He is also co-author with Michael Allen and Caprice Roberts of Federal Courts: Context, Cases, and Problems, (Aspen 2d ed. 2015).

Professor Finch has been actively involved in civil appellate practice over the past 15 years and has handled numerous appeals involving multi-million dollar verdicts. Together with Stuart Markman of Tampa, Florida, he regularly teaches Appellate Practice at Stetson. He is an active member of the Florida, Montana, and Connecticut bars, and an inactive member of the Vermont bar.

When not in Florida, Professor Finch and his family like to spend time at their second home in Ennis, Montana¹. He spends his free time snowboarding, building log furniture and fences, and collecting fossils. Professor Finch is also a private pilot and has studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Eduardo de Lima. In 2003, he received a bronze medal in Jiu-Jitsu at the Pan American games in Santa Barbara, California.

In 2015, Professor Finch began serving as director of Stetson’s Academic Success Program. His principal goal in the coming years is to see that students receive regular assessment and feedback, which is the proven key to academic success.

Genevieve Gordon
Programme Leader for MSc Business and Sports Management, DMU and CEO of Tactic Counsel Ltd
West Sussex

Having a first degree in Business and Finance Genevieve went on to train as a lawyer, and since 2001, has worked actively within sports law. Historically, she has advised organisations such as Brighton Bears on right to work regulations and other individual athletes on their commercial activities. Genevieve was an initial advisory to British Polo Enterprises for the inaugural British Polo Masters. Other long-term projects have included working for Major League Baseball International, working primarily on The World Baseball Classic and MLB Academies, although her extensive role included working on a variety of commercial and player projects.

Genevieve teaches International Sports Law and Global Sports Marketing at American universities including Syracuse University and Ithaca College, and previously at British institutions including Birkbeck, University of London, where she acted as a sessional lecturer in International Sports Law, Tort Law, and Contract Law for nine years. Annually, Genevieve speaks at Cambridge University on the English Legal System and Comparative Systems with a sports law focus. Most recently Genevieve wrote a Masters degree for DMU entitled, The Business of Motorsport. Her research work focuses on legal issues surrounding equine sports, learning disabilities in sport, and the legalities of sport sponsorships. She has recently given a paper on Duty of Care and extension of that legal principle which was also published in the Global Sports Law and Taxation Review.

She holds an LL.M. in International Sports Law as well as being on the editorial panel for Law In Sport.

Kathleen Hallisey is a US attorney and UK solicitor specializing in civil litigation. She has extensive experience in employment and personal injury litigation and has acted on behalf of clients facing sex and age discrimination as well as sexual harassment in both the US and UK. She has represented members of the largest trade union in Britain and Ireland and has negotiated valuable settlements for victims of catastrophic and fatal injuries. Prior to moving to the UK, she worked as a civil trial attorney in New York. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies and Spanish Literature from Fordham University and a J.D. from Touro Law School. She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and New York and is a solicitor of England and Wales.

Simone Higgins is a senior solicitor at the Government Legal Service (UK). She has taught business, commercial, human rights and EU law at a number of leading academic institutions, including the University of Hertfordshire, London Metropolitan University and BPP law School. She has also worked as a foreign law consultant for a law firm in New York, where she provided legal and lecturing services to the firm’s business client in UK company and competition law. She has also written a number of legal articles on the business aspects of the European Convention on Human Rights, EU law and Caricom (the Caribbean version of the EU).

Marc Mason
MSc, GDL, Barrister

Marc Mason has held a number of academic posts at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (London), University College London, and the University of Westminster. His research has been in the areas of mediation, legal aid and the legal profession. He has also taught in these fields and in the fields of public law, empirical research skills, and child protection. He has practiced as a family law barrister, and is a lecturer and barrister at the University of Westminster.

Gillian More is a former prosecutor who retired as a Prosecutor in the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland. She has taught advocacy worldwide. For many years, she taught on the National Institute of Trial Advocacy 's Robert F. Hanley Advanced Trial Skills Programme as well as the NITA national programme.  She has run many Advanced Advocacy Programmes for NITA in Scotland and also served as a member of Faculty for the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative on Trial Skills Programmes in Ukraine Moldova Georgia and Istanbul.

She was Head of Advocacy Training for the Society of Solicitor Advocates in Scotland on their tripartite Programme with Northern Ireland and Ireland and has regularly taught with NITA at Queens University Belfast.  More taught advocacy as a tutor at the Scottish Prosecution College, and additionally taught for the University of Edinburgh on the Post Graduate Legal Diploma.

She has served as an integral part of Stetson’s Educating Advocate’s program and taught in Stetson’s Autumn in London program. More is a course tutor at Glasgow's University of Strathclyde’s LL.M. in Communication Negotiation and Advocacy program. Most recently, she has taught Awesome Advocacy for Stetson on their Gulfport campus and serves as a faculty member on Stetson's International Training Program in Ireland and summer study abroad program in Oxford.

Lisa Webley is professor of Empirical Legal Studies at the University of Westminster School of Law and senior research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. She teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by Westminster Law School including constitutional and administrative law, family law, child protection, and 21st century law practice. She teaches occasional classes on dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. She is a Ph.D. supervisor at Westminster, as well as a dissertation supervisor for LLB and LL.M. students. She is course director and principal teacher on the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies two-week intensive Introduction to Legal Research Methods course for MPhil/Ph.D. students. She is co-author of Complete Public Law TCM (with Harriet Samuels) and sole author of Legal Writing. Webley is faculty research director for the faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, a member of the Law Society of England and Wales Equality and Diversity Committee, and the Civil Mediation Council. Her research interests include diversity in the legal profession, access to justice and ADR, new modes of legal service delivery and legal education and legal ethics.