Authorisations and Waivers

Dr Louise Merrett

Louise is a door tenant at Fountain Court chambers, a Reader at the University of Cambridge and a teaching fellow at Trinity College. Her legal practice focuses on international commercial litigation (particularly all aspects of private international law). She has been teaching law in Cambridge since 2003 and lectures in commercial law, conflicts of laws, advanced private law and international commercial litigation. She has acted as an external examiner for Glasgow University and KCL as well as a Chair of Examiners in the Faculty of Law at Cambridge. She has chaired disciplinary committees for the University of Cambridge and Trinity College.

Louise is a member of the Editorial Board of the ICLQ and CLJ. She has published in the major journals in her field, regularly contributes to books and is an author of Chitty on Contracts and Benjamin's Sale of Goods.

Emma Wood

Emma Wood is an in-house solicitor and a lecturer in law and legal skills at Universities in the UK and EU.  Her legal practice focuses on commercial contracts (particularly in the IT and professional services sectors), and she has particular academic expertise in European Law (holding an LLM in European and Comparative Law from the University of Ghent, Belgium).  She also acts as Director of her own legal consultancy business, Lawcraft Ltd.

Emma is passionate about using clear communication skills in order to improve the law's accessibility.  She has been involved in volunteer projects to explain legal concepts in plain English to those otherwise at risk of losing their rights (which underscores her commitment to the principles of equality and diversity), and she is undertaking academic research that complements her practice.

Competition and Economics

James Harvey (jointly with Sam Williams)

James Harvey is a Director and co-founder of Economic Insight Limited, a specialist economics consultancy firm.  He is a competition economist and has led the economic analysis on numerous European Commission and UK competition cases over the past fifteen years.  James also provides extensive board-level advice to regulators and companies on the competition and regulatory issues associated with liberalising markets, as well as being engaged as an expert economist in commercial disputes.  Recently, James has been working with the University of Oxford to develop behavioural and experimental techniques to help understand how consumers react to different types of information and prompts.

James was previously a member of the competition practice at Frontier Economics.  James has a BSc in Economics from Cardiff University and an MSc in Economics (with distinction) from the University of York.  He has published in various journals, including the European Competition Law Review, which he edits.

Sam Williams (jointly with James Harvey)

Sam Williams is a Director of Economic Insight, a specialist economics consultancy firm, which he co-founded in 2011.  He is a professional economist who advises extensively in relation to economic regulation, competition law and business strategy.

Prior to founding Economic Insight, Sam headed up the economics team at Royal Mail Group and before that, was a consultant at Frontier Economics.  Sam frequently advises firms on key strategic issues at a senior level, working with Boards and Chief Executives.  Over his career his clients have included HM Treasury, Tesco, Thames Water, HSBC, and Three Mobile.

Sam read Economics and Politics at Warwick before completing an MSc in Economics for Development at Pembroke College, Oxford.  He is on the Development Committee of Child Bereavement UK, a charity offering bereavement support to children and parents.

Dr Paolo Siciliani

Paolo is a competition expert at the Bank of England (Prudential Regulation Authority). Prior to joining the Bank, he was Chief Economist at the BBC Trust for three years, after spending three years at the Office of Fair Trading as an economic adviser. Beforehand, he worked at Vodafone Group as a regulatory economist and in economic consultancies.

Paolo has published in Journal of Banking Regulation, World Competition, Journal of Competition Law & Economics, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, European Law Review, the Antitrust Bulletin and Telecommunications Policy.

He graduated from Bocconi University in business administration, holds a post-graduate masters in international economics and finance from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and completed a PhD in law and economics at University College London, where he is Visiting Lecturer at the Faculty of Laws. His research is currently focused on the nexus between competition, prudential regulation and financial stability.

Competition Law, and Information Law and Data Protection

Professor Suzanne Rab

Suzanne Rab is a barrister at Serle Court Chambers. Suzanne has wide experience of competition law matters combining cartel regulation, commercial practices, intellectual property (IP) exploitation, merger control, public procurement and State aid.

She has significant experience of advising on the development, implementation and application of new competition laws and regulatory regimes in line with international best practices. She also has wide experience of EU and UK information rights and data protection law, advising public and private organisations.

In private practice as a solicitor for 15 years prior to joining the bar, she has held positions at magic circle and leading international antitrust practices. She has also held the role of director at PricewaterhouseCoopers working within its strategy, economics and forensics teams.

Suzanne has published extensively on comparative competition law and regulatory matters.  She is also a visiting Professor at Imperial College Business School and a CEDR accredited mediator.

Continuing Professional Development

Virgina Wykes

Virginia has extensive experience of managing and improving the continuing professional development (CPD) systems for healthcare professionals to update and enhance their skills and knowledge. Her particular focus has been on CPD that is fit for purpose and impact driven, and helping individual practitioners to understand the benefits to them of undertaking purposive CPD.

Virginia started her career as a pharmacist due to her love of chemistry and maths but as a manager soon realised she had an even stronger interest in supporting others to learn and develop, both personally and professionally. She moved into pharmacy education and training, obtaining a qualification in adult education followed by a masters in training and development; then becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Virginia has had senior management and advisory positions in the professional and regulatory bodies for pharmacy, physiotherapy, dentistry and medicine (specifically clinical radiology and oncology), with a particular focus on education, training, standards and quality assurance.

In recent years Virginia has qualified as a management coach and mediator and currently works free-lance using these skills to support individuals and organisations alongside her education and training consultancy. She also volunteers as an NHS complaints advocate.

Equality and Diversity


Equality and Diversity Law

Emma Dixon

Emma Dixon is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers.  She is a public law, employment, regulatory and EU practitioner.  Emma specialises particularly in challenges relating to charities; civil liberties and human rights; commercial judicial review; discrimination and equality; EU law; financial services; health and social security; regulatory and professional disciplinary matters; and religious organisations.

Emma has for many years specialised in equality law, with particular breadth and depth of expertise in challenges under Article 14 European Convention on Human Rights and those relating to discrimination on grounds of disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation and transgender status. 

Equality and Diversity Law, and Regulatory Law

Louise Price

Louise Price is a practising barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. She specialises in employment, discrimination and education law. She also undertakes work in the related fields of public law, regulatory law and professional discipline. She has depth of experience of both advisory work and representation in the field of employment law and is known for her expertise in complex disability discrimination matters.

Louise has been instructed in a number of cases concerning the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has extensive experience of advising on the application of the public sector equality duty and provides training to public bodies on how to meet this duty.

Additionally, Louise has considerable experience of regulatory law and compliance work in the fields of health and social care and education. She is recognised as a leading junior in the area of Professional Disciplinary law in both Chambers & Partners UK and the Legal 500 and sits as a Chair at the General Pharmaceutical Council. Prior to coming to the Bar, Louise was awarded a Joseph Priestly Scholarship to undertake an internship for the Centre of Capital Punishment studies, working in Malawi for CHREAA, a local NGO, in partnership with Open Society, South Africa. She also worked as an advisor and tribunal representative for the London Borough of Brent's Citizen's Advice Bureaux.

Higher Education

Dr Janet Stockdale MBE

After studying psychology at University College London, Jan joined London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she combined her academic career with various School-wide positions including Dean of Recruitment, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Chair of the School Board of Examiners and Dean of the University of London (UoL) International Programmes at LSE. Her current roles include: Senior Lecturer (Careers/Alumni) in LSE's Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science; chair of the Assessment Offences Committee and member of the Academic Committee of the UoL International Academy; and, reviewer of transnational educational provision for the Academy.

Jan's extensive research activity has focused on contemporary social problems and policy issues.  For over 20 years, she has been involved in research relating to policing, crime reduction and community safety, for the Home Office, other government departments and the police service. In 2014, Jan was awarded an MBE for 'services to higher education'.

Information Law and Data Protection

Aidan Eardley

Aidan is a barrister practising at 5RB. He specialises in media and information law, acting for a wide range of clients, and he has appeared in all levels of court and tribunal. He is recognised as a leading junior in his fields by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

He is a member of the Attorney General's 'A' Panel of civil counsel and has extensive experience of advising regulators and public authorities on data protection and freedom of information issues.

He is a co-author of Duncan and Neill on Defamation (4th edn, 2015) and a contributor to Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt (5th edn, 2017). He also sits as a part-time judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber).


Andrew Fryer

Andrew has 30 years' experience in Broking and Underwriting Professional Indemnity and Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance, at national and international level, for the professions and their professional associations and for public companies.  He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII).

Andrew has advised several Government departments and organisations, public companies and law societies on Professional Indemnity issues. He is a Director and Leadership Partner, FINEX Global, a Division of Willis Towers Watson.

Publications include: A contributing author of the CII Advanced Study Group publication on Professional Indemnity insurance; Editor of "A Worldwide Guide to Directors' & Officers' Liability"; Author of "An Architect's Guide to Professional Indemnity Insurance; and a Contributing author of "Post Construction Liability and Insurance".

Regulatory Policy and Theory


Regulatory Risk

Paul Dyer

Paul is a risk management expert who has extensive experience working with clients in the public and private sectors to develop risk processes and capabilities, undertake cultural change and improve compliance, governance and assurance arrangements.

Paul is passionate about delivering enhanced value through quality risk management and regulatory practice and is the Managing Director of Influence Inc, a risk, regulation and innovation based management consultancy. Influence Inc was shortlisted as Risk Consultancy of the Year 2014 and 2015 by the Institute of Risk Management.

Paul is also the Chief Executive of the Association Professional Compliance Consultants, the UK body for compliance consultants who advise firms regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

Paul has two bachelor degrees from Portsmouth and Bordeaux, France and is currently completing a Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership at Cass in London. 


Dr Morven Leese

As a Reader in Biostatistics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London, Morven Leese was concerned with the design and analysis of clinical trials, epidemiology, and questionnaire development studies to do with forensic mental health (the Special Hospitals and prisons) and community mental health.

Trained at Imperial College, she worked as a statistician in the British Museum Research Laboratory before retraining in medical statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and joining the IoPPN.

After retirement she continued in a consultant role on a number of projects, including a study of adoption outcomes. She currently acts as Expert Member (Statistics) on the London and South East Research Ethics Committee of the Health Research Authority.