TLA: Law as an International Career, Thursday 9 November 2017


Please note that bookings have closed for this event.

The theme for this year’s TLA Autumn panel discussion – to which alumni and students are both equally welcome – will be ‘Law as an International Career’.

Our speakers reflect the diversity of legal careers with an international dimension that are open to a lawyer who qualifies in the UK. Between them they have been in private practice based in the UK, in private practice overseas, undertaken international legal roles with the UK government and international bodies, appeared in international criminal tribunals, and been on both secondment and in a permanent role as in-house counsel for an international corporation.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions (during both the session and the reception afterwards), and we hope that members in the audience will contribute their own perspectives to the discussion.

The speakers will be: Sara Masters QC (1988), Helen Mulvein OBE (1989), Michael Stewart (2001), and Angela Liu (2009).

The panel will be chaired by TLA committee member Andrew Walker QC (1987).

The event is kindly hosted by Kirkland and Ellis International LLP.

Please note that bookings have closed for this event.


Sara specialises in all areas of commercial law both as counsel and as an arbitrator. She has a particular interest in jurisdictional disputes. She also has extensive experience in insurance and reinsurance, sale of goods, shipping (including ship-building and ship sale disputes) and commodities, aviation, construction, energy and European Union law, particularly competition law.  Her work is almost exclusively international in character. She is the European editor of The White Book (English civil procedure rules) and also edits the sections dealing with service out of the jurisdiction, jurisdictional challenges, and depositions and evidence for foreign courts. Sara read Law at Trinity College.

Helen Mulvein took an undergraduate degree in law and LL.M in public international law, both at Trinity. She was a practising barrister at Ropewalk Chambers, Nottingham for four years, specialising in personal injury and general civil law. Since 2000 she has been a legal adviser at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. She has advised a range of FCO policy departments throughout her government career, and was posted to Baghdad in 2004 as Legal Adviser to the UK Special Representative for Iraq, and to Strasbourg from 2006-09 as the UK’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe. From 2014-17 she was Legal Counsellor at the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York, where she provided legal advice to the Mission on all legal issues arising in UN work and policy advice on international justice matters. She is currently a Legal Counsellor at the FCO.

Angela read History at Trinity, matriculating in 2009. She joined Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in 2014, where she qualified into the general commercial litigation practice. Angela was seconded to the Court of Appeal in 2015, where she worked as the judicial assistant to the Rt Hon. Lord Justice Moore-Bick, the Rt Hon. Lord Justice McCombe and the Rt Hon. Lady Justice King. She was later seconded to HSF’s Dubai office, where she gained a broad experience in Middle Eastern dispute resolution, and has continued to advise Middle Eastern clients since her return to the London office. She currently works on a range of commercial disputes across various industries, and in a number of forms of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration and mediation. Almost all of her work has an international dimension.

Michael Stewart read law at Trinity from 2001 to 2004.  In 2006, Michael joined Lovells (now Hogan Lovells) as a trainee solicitor and remained with the firm as a member of its M&A team until 2016.  During his time with Hogan Lovells, Michael spent time living and working in Moscow, Hong Kong and (for a brief period) Ulaanbaatar.  Michael’s final transaction at Hogan Lovells saw him posted to Basel, Switzerland as a secondee to international pharmaceutical company Novartis where he was part of the in-house team responsible for a multi-billion dollar asset swap with GlaxoSmithKline plc.  Following his secondment, Michael joined Novartis on a permanent basis as Group M&A Legal Counsel – he advises the company on a wide range of transactions throughout the world including acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures and capital markets transactions.

Andrew Walker QC studied law at Trinity. He matriculated in 1987, was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1991, and took silk in 2011. He was made a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2016.  He is Chair of the Bar for 2018.  He will return to practice in 2019 as a member of Maitland Chambers, focusing on property, company and commercial disputes, fraud, and professional negligence and valuation issues. He was awarded the Bar Pro Bono Award in 2009 for some of his work with the homelessness charity, Shelter. He is also a trustee of the Industry and Parliament Trust, a charity which seeks to develop mutual understanding between Parliament and the worlds of business and commerce.


6:15 pm

Arrival and Drinks Reception

6:30 pm

Panel Discussion

7:30 pm


9:00 pm