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School of Law

School of Law Alumni

As a graduate from the School of Law we would like to provide you with a lifelong link to the School, the university and each other. This includes events, communications and opportunities to support current and prospective students through volunteering.

The School of Law is extremely proud of its graduates, many of whom have gone on to pursue high profile careers, both in the legal and non-legal professions, including several current members of staff: Professor Stavros Brekoulakis, Dr Gabriel Gari, Professor Spyros Maniatis, Dr Bernard Schneider, Professor Uma Suthersanen, Frances Ridout, Niova Vavoula, Sanmeet Kaur Dua, Dr Mario Mendez and Frances Ridout.

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies has an additional comprehensive offer for CCLS alumni. For further information on this, please see the CCLS alumni site.

Our alumni include:

Rt Hon Mrs Justice Cox was a leading practitioner in human rights law, in particular, discrimination and employment. She was admitted to the Bar in 1976, made a Queen's Counsel in 1994 and was appointed a Judge of the High Court assigned to the Queen's Bench Division in 2000. In 2002, she received a lifetime achievement award from Liberty and JUSTICE in recognition of her commitment to equality and human rights. Dame Laura was made an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary in 2005.

Vincent Coughlin is an experienced barrister, defending and prosecuting in criminal trials since 1981, including high profile cases at the Old Bailey. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 2003, and was appointed as Chief Criminal Counsel at the Financial Conduct Authority in 2017.

Judge Brian Doyle taught at the University of Salford Business School from 1980-95, before becoming Professor and Dean of Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Liverpool. He served as a salaried Chairman of the Employment Tribunals from 2000 and was appointed President of the Employment Tribunals (England & Wales) in April 2014.

Trevor Faure is an author, lawyer, and has been CEO of Smarter Law Solutions since 2014. Prior to this, he held senior positions at EY, Tyco International and Apple. He has received the In-House Community Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, The Lawyer In-House Counsel of the Year & Team of the Year, Legal Business Team of the Year & FT Innovative Lawyer commendation.

Michael Crystal QC has been a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary since 1996. He has been practising since 1972 and was made a Queen's Counsel in 1984. Between 1995 and 2018 he was a Deputy High Court Judge and he was made an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary in 1996.

Read more profiles from our undergraduate alumni and postgraduate alumni.

Keep in touch

We send out a quarterly newsletter which includes School updates, alumni profiles, events and opportunities to get involved. In order to ensure you receive this, we encourage you to keep your contact details up to date. You can do this in one of two ways:

We are also keen to keep in contact with you through social media, where we share news, alumni profiles and interesting articles. Find us on:

CCLS also have dedicated Linkedin group for CCLS alumni and the School of International Arbitration have a Linkedin page for alumni and friends of the SIA.

Through these channels, we share news, events, updated and profiles.

If you would like to share your own story, career journey or experiences at Queen Mary, please email for Department of Law alumni or for CCLS alumni.

Coming back to campus

We will invite you, at regular intervals, to events held on campus. Events hosted by the School of Law can be found on the School of Law events page. In addition, the School of Law offers an extensive programme of events for our alumni, both on campus and internationally:

Queen Mary also hosts a range of alumni events throughout the year.

We offer campus tours for alumni – if you are interested in booking onto one, please email

Supporting Queen Mary

Having completed your studies, graduated and likely having secured work, alumni are extremely well-positioned to support the ongoing life of the university. In the 2018/19 academic year, over 100 alumni volunteered, including supporting current students, sharing experiences at open days and advising on governance boards.

There are a number of ways the university can benefit from your support:

  • Mentoring a current student can boost career prospects, or ensure they make the most of their time studying with Queen Mary
  • Alumni, having first hand experience of the university, are well positioned to support decision making boards and advisory committees
  • Hearing alumni speak at careers events helps students make informed decisions about their next steps

Hearing from alumni at open days and other events for prospective students can help them make informed decisions, reassure prospective students and their parents that Queen Mary graduates are highly employable, and that their experience as a student here will be enjoyable.

Find out more about alumni volunteering at Queen Mary. If you are a postgraduate law student from Queen Mary, you can also volunteer with our at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies.

Alumni overseas

Staff from the School and the International Student Recruitment team frequently travel overseas and would be keen to meet with alumni to discuss how we can assist you and our recent graduates with employment and further opportunities. School-specific international alumni events are listed above.

Find out more about what Queen Mary offers for international alumni.

Let us know how we're doing

If you have any suggestions or feedback for the Queen Mary University of London alumni offer, including School-specific activity, please let us know by emailing (Department of Law) or (CCLS).

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