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Alumni profiles

If you are an alumnus and would like your story to be featured here, contact Hannah Dormor: h.dormor@qmul.ac.uk.

Alumni profile - Judge John Russell Finch OBE
14 December 2021

The then Bailiff nominated me [for an OBE] in 2017, not wanting it to appear as a retirement gift. I got it at the Palace from HM the Queen, in a very pleasant ceremony. There are not many spaces on the Channel Island list, so I was fortunate. It is a comfort to me that Anne was able to watch a DVD of the investiture and Tom also attended in person. The arrangements are excellent, you and your guests are made most welcome and put at your ease. It is not an occasion to have your trousers fall down! The only big regret is that neither of my parents were alive to see it.

(Law LLB, 1971)

Alumni profile - Rida Hussain
28 November 2021

What I love about MYH is that it gives the Muslim youth the opportunity to receive judgment-free advice on issues they may face.  The fact that the helpline is confidential helps to empower younger Muslims in getting the help that they would perhaps otherwise not be comfortable seeking. For this reason I see MYH as providing an essential service to our community and am honoured to be part of such an amazing organisation. 

(Law LLB, 2018)

Alumni profile - Yasmin Hoque
22 November 2021

As I got older, I felt that being in a profession was essential to provide a voice to minority groups and underrepresented members of society. However, I was the eldest and no one before me in our family had been to university

 

(Law LLB, 2005)

Alumni profile - Hussain Syed
15 November 2021

Islamophobia Awareness Month is a fantastic opportunity for the Muslim community to educate the wider community about the impact of Islamophobic hate crime and discrimination on British Muslims in the UK. I urge everyone reading this post to take time this month to read through some of MEND’s resources on Islamophobia or speak to their Muslim friends and colleagues about Islamophobia.

 

(Law with History LLB, 2020)

Alumni profile - Tolu Ojo-Williams
5 October 2021

In a world edging towards polarising extremes, recalling history is crucial to remind us of times past which mirror contemporary times, in order for the global community to avoid making the same errors as before. So, for me Black History Month is an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come as a society, celebrating the growth and freedom that has been claimed through that journey, and amplifying the voices of those who continue to win victories for us in their everyday lives. Black History Month is an intentional time to appreciate and educate each other. 

 

(Law LLB, 2016)

Alumni profile - Kelvin Wong
14 September 2021

Having served as the Malaysian alumni ambassador for the past 7 years, I have grown a passion for helping prospective students in understanding Queen Mary better and connecting alumni for career opportunities. I understand the importance of networking and I am dedicated to help my fellow alumni and students to network with each other.

(Law LLB, 2013)

Alumni profile - Iria Giuffrida
27 July 2021

Some people are very clear from early on that they are going to be lawyers – I was not one of them. Law was a means to an end; I like structure, and I’ve always liked solving problems, although I would be lying if I said I was aware of it at the time. It just felt like the kind of degree that trains you for ‘the real world’. Whether you want to be a lawyer or not, studying Law teaches you a rigorous way of thinking, of questioning things, of trying to build logical arguments, which can serve you well whatever career you pursue.

 

(English and European Law LLB, 2001; Law PhD, 2009)

Alumni profile - Hilary Stewart-Jones
22 June 2021

I began my knowledge and interest in the gambling sector whilst at Ladbrokes which at that time ran betting shops, casinos and racetracks across multiple jurisdictions. The industry is unique; it is highly regulated but is evolving and inventive.

 

(Law LLB, 1982)

Alumni profile - Fran Ridout
25 May 2021

Professor Nigel Spencer from Queen Mary, two other co-collaborators from outside Queen Mary, and I got together to make a podcast about legal careers. The whole idea is about diversity and democratising knowledge about the industry. We want an individual who doesn’t have a family member or family friend in Law to have as many insights into the profession as someone who does. We have episodes on different topics which might interest our listeners.

 

(Law LLB, 2006)

Alumni profile - Siti Kasim
23 March 2021

When I first came back to Malaysia in 2004, I had no idea about the existence of our indigenous people. This subject is not taught in our schools. No one talks about them. I joined the Human Rights Committee under the Bar Council in 2007 and that’s when I realised there are many human rights issues in Malaysia. I started visiting the villages of the Orang Asli, which is the word for the peninsula indigenous people, and I learnt about the issues, and I saw who they are.

Aysel Kucuksu head and shoulders image in black and white Alumni profile - Aysel Küçüksu
18 March 2021

Studying at Queen Mary certainly had a lot to do with where I am now. It was a fantastic experience for me both socially and intellectually. I met many people from all over the world, with whom I still keep in touch, and my professors were incredible.

Student profile - Liam Langlois
25 February 2021

Queer individuals have been and are virtually present in every instance of society. Acknowledging their past and future contributions is fundamental firstly because they play a role in innovations and progress just like anyone else and because gender and sexual orientations only constitute a part of their identities.

Alumni profile - Kerri Dixon-Jones
18 February 2021

Although Mental Health Law is a world away from the type of work I do now, that role was fundamental in teaching me about people and hard work and I am forever grateful for my manager Kate for her mentorship and friendship. It was the training Kate gave me that has made me successful in each role I have had since.

Alumni profile - Abby Crawford
7 February 2021

 I grew up with such limited information about the history of the LGBTQ+ community, and I wasn’t ever given the opportunity to learn about the impact and contributions of LGBTQ+ people at school. If we don’t include LGBTQ+ people in our shared history, it essentially erases people from the narrative, and this sends such a strong message to young people that ‘people like you don’t matter’.

Head and shoulders image of Laura James in a black suit jacket and white shirt Alumni profile - Laura James
10 December 2020

I had the benefit of completing a bachelor's degree at a Canadian University, and my experiences prior to law school fostered my desire to study law. I like to learn, and becoming a lawyer means that I will never stop learning. 

Sarah Cove in her barristers' uniform Alumni profile - Sarah Cove
7 October 2020

I knew I wanted to become a lawyer when I was 12 and therefore when I looked into degrees later on the LLB was the degree for me. I love London and the East End so Queen Mary was the obvious choice but also the modules at Queen Mary were really interesting.

Tony Goldsmith profile image Alumni profile - Tony Goldsmith
15 September 2020

Tony Goldsmith talks about his career, from his time as a deck officer with Ocean Fleets, leaving the sea to study Law at Queen Mary and qualifying as a solicitor, becoming a partner at the firm, to setting up Hill Dickinson's first office in Asia, and then returning to London to take over as business group leader.

Kamran Khan in his barrister's gown and wig Alumni profile - Kamran Khan
14 July 2020

No one day as a pupil barrister is ever the same. Each case has its own nuances, and the job requires you to absorb a large volume of information in a short space of time and be able to apply it in your client’s best interests.

Alumni profile - Ololade Adesanya
7 July 2020

I’m a Director at EY and the Wealth and Asset Management sector lead for internal audit. As an auditor, my role is to protect the assets of financial institutions by providing assurance that they have sound governance, processes and controls in place.

Alumni profile - Constance Kratsa
2 July 2020

Constance studied Law and Economics at Queen Mary, graduating in 2006, and went on to earn an MBA from the University of Oxford. She now works as Head of Marketing (EMEA Travel Retail) for a premium beauty brand. Here, she shares her experience of studying at Queen Mary and how it helped her discover an interest in the business world.

May Poon profile image in black and white Alumni profile - May Poon
16 June 2020

I completed my training contract in Hong Kong and I am now Hong Kong qualified and working in Hong Kong. I never thought I would end up as a solicitor and working in Hong Kong too but I am really happy that it turned out this way!

Headshot of alumna Shivani Reddy Alumni profile - Shivani Reddy
10 May 2020

At Fairtrade, I worked on a wide range of issues (fairer prices for banana farmers; public-private partnerships; gender equality in agricultural supply chains; Sustainable Development Goals; modern slavery; post-Brexit trade policy…). After almost four years, I decided that I wanted to see if I could make an impact on people’s lives from inside a large company so I moved to Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP).

Headshot of alumna Niva Thiruchelvam Alumni profile - Niva Thiruchelvam
1 November 2019

As a civil servant for HM Treasury, it's really motivating to work on issues knowing that the solution can have a positive impact on millions of people’s lives - I'm currently working on tackling climate change!