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Support from Application to Qualification

Support from Application to Qualification

We’re committed to ensuring that you will have everything you need during your time at the College.


We will:

  • give you all the information you need to make an informed decision to join the College
  • be fair, efficient and courteous in our dealings with you, providing accurate and timely information, and taking clear and appropriate action if ever things go wrong
  • offer you individual supervision throughout each course
  • do everything we reasonably can to enable you to learn effectively and achieve, ensuring inclusive and accessible support for every student
  • give you feedback on your performance to enable you to grow and develop
  • listen to your feedback and strive to improve our learning experience
  • communicate honestly and quickly with you about any changes in the programme



Individual requirements, mental health and wellbeing support


Personal Tutors and Supervisors

You will have a personal tutor offering you pastoral and wellbeing support. You will also meet with a 1-2-1 supervisor on a regular basis to discuss and get individual feedback on your engagement and the progress of your learning journey.

Our team is here to support everyone. We encourage you to share any issues related to disability, physical or mental health or wellbeing that may affect your ability to study with us, before and during the application process, and we can work individually with you to ensure you feel able to learn effectively with the College.

During the programme, you will be able to speak with your personal tutor or Student Services about any circumstance affecting your learning and they will guide you through any adjustments required for either the College's or the SRA's assessments.

We have partnered with Spectrum Life to ensure you have all the support you need to succeed. Whether you wish to access wellbeing resources, counselling or seek advice about anything from improving your mental health to support with parenting, we will support you.

Everyone in our Student Services Team is trained in Mental Health first aid, so if you’re not sure what sort of support you need, please contact us at studentsupport@collegalpractice.com or
020 3884 4112.


Diversity and Inclusion

The College is fully committed to ensuring that its information, learning and processes are accessible and relevant to all. One of our main goals as an organisation is increase access to the legal profession and our signature learning design delivers both flexibility and accessibility.

The online nature of our programmes and 1-2-1 supervisor approach gives students a high level of flexibility across a week to choose when to study.

We also believe that our courses are focused and productive, and specifically designed to achieve the learning outcomes. We feel that they offer excellent value for money and minimise additional expenses for students, such as accommodation, travel and materials.

We are monitoring closely the diversity of our students, and we are pleased to share that our students in 2021 came from a variety of backgrounds, and we were able to work very closely with some who needed adjustments to successfully complete their course.

Our Programme Committee Chair leads our strategy on Diversity & Inclusion, ensuring that it is considered at the higher level in the organisation.




Academic Leadership Team

The College’s experienced academic leadership team lead the design and delivery of the College’s Programmes. They work closely together with your supervisors and subject matter experts working in practice to ensure that the programmes are high quality, relevant and reflect today’s legal practice.

Jane Waddell

Head of Curriculum Design and Development

Jane Waddell is Head of Curriculum Design and Development and a member of the Senior Executive. Jane has responsibility for the leadership and strategic development of the curriculum across the College. Prior to joining the college, Jane was an Assistant Head of Department and Programme Leader for Professional Law at the University of West of England for 11 years. She was a partner at TLT and Eversheds Solicitors between 1998 and 2007.

Kathryn Newton

Programme Leader

Kathryn Newton is the Programme Leader for the SQE1 Preparation Course and the LLM in Legal Practice. Previously, she ran the LPC at Manchester Law School for 7 years and was responsible for the management of the tutor team, full delivery and review of the programme. Prior to this, Kathryn specialised in family law working as a partner in a regional firm in Manchester.

Sarah Taylor

Programme Leader

Sarah Taylor is the Programme Leader for the SQE2 Preparation Course. Before joining the College, she was Course Leader and Deputy Programme Leader at Manchester Law School for 10 years. Prior to this, Sarah worked as an in-house solicitor with the Co-op Insurance Society and as a solicitor with Eversheds.

Meet our supervisors

Lydia Maref 

"The service I received from the Student Services team was excellent and heavily influenced my decision to study for the SQE with The College of Legal Practice. They were very responsive, and took the time to understand my individual circumstances and to find out answers to my queries. This approach has given me every confidence that within the prep course, my individual progress in learning will matter to them."

Lydia Nassima Marref

Legal & Compliance Manager

Find out about our College supervisors

Learn More 


Our team is your first point of contact regarding any questions or queries you may have. You can contact us via email at studentsupport@collegalpractice.com or call 020 3884 4112 .
We aim to respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.


Dr Giles Proctor

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Giles Proctor qualified as a solicitor with Addleshaw Goddard in Manchester and practiced in corporate and commercial law before entering teaching and completing his PhD and has designed and delivered commercial diploma courses and corporate training for ‘magic circle’ law firms, whilst at Nottingham Law School and the University of Law.

He managed the successful opening of Kaplan Law School, delivering postgraduate legal education, in partnership with Nottingham Law School, to over 16 City firms. Whilst leading Kaplan Law School , the Law School was contracted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to design and develop the assessment for the changing QLTS exam regime, which has now shaped the SQE assessment regime, he also helped found Roehampton Law School (the Law School), which opened in September 2015. Giles joined The College of Legal Practice as Chief Executive Officer in February 2020 and leads our business engagement, collaborating with firms and Universities to develop bespoke training programmes around professional education, including SQE.

Peter Liver

Chief Operations Director

Peter Liver was previously Executive Director for Membership at the Law Society England and Wales where he led on the development of education, learning and training. He also shaped the wider Membership proposition which included accreditations, publications and events.

Peter has extensive senior leadership experience working in the not for profit sector including having been Chief Executive Director for ChildLine UK, and previously Executive Director at the NSPCC. He also set up a Charitable Foundation raising several million pounds which was donated to three children’s charities.

Peter joined The College of Legal Practice in April 2019 as Chief Operations Director and works closely with the CEO and its not for profit parent company The College of Law.

Sarah Nicholson

Senior Administrator

Sarah graduated with a degree in Law from the University of Sheffield, and went on to work for 10 years as a teacher and school leader in primary schools across Yorkshire. In January 2023, Sarah decided that she was ready for a new challenge, and now works as the College’s Senior Administrator, providing day-to-day support for the Executive Team. In her spare time, Sarah has served as a charity trustee and as a church leader, and she enjoys reading and spending time with her two small boys.