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Who we are

Below you will find contact details for each member of the Legal and Cases Team.  If you are not sure who to contact, please email and a member of the team will be in touch.

Chrysten Cole

General Counsel and Deputy Director of Compliance, Governance and Risk

Chrysten heads the Legal and Cases Team and continues to provide support for Strategic Procurement and Construction from a legal perspective.   Chrysten is the main contact for consumer rights queries and general policy/ procedural matters.

Chrysten’s role also includes leading the Student Cases Teams including College Cases, student conduct and Fitness to Practise.  

Phone: 01392 726454

Paul Biddle

Commercial Contracts Solicitor

Paul joined the Legal and Cases Team in December 2011 from a regional law firm. Paul works primarily on general commercial matters, in particular drafting, reviewing and advising on contracts for goods and services and IT/SAAS contracts. Aside from commercial matters, Paul advises on ERDF/ESIF projects and data protection queries.

Phone: 01392 726422

Emma Wilson

Property and Estates Solicitor

Emma is the University’s Property and Estates solicitor within the Legal and Cases team.  Emma joined the University in 2018 having previously practised as a property litigation solicitor at a regional law firm for over 10 years.  Emma deals with a wide range of property matters on behalf of the University, including commercial leases and licences, residential property agreements, accommodation contracts and land access agreements and advises on a variety of land and property related issues across the campuses

Phone: 01392 725498

Rachael Baird

Intellectual Property Solicitor

Rachael Baird advises on intellectual property matters for both research and business purposes. Rachael’s work supports the protection, exploitation and enforcement of University-generated intellectual property including copyright, trademarks and patents.  Rachael’s work includes drafting negotiating and reviewing licencing agreements, securing trademark registration and patent protection, as well as supporting the set-up of spin out companies and managing the sale of shares. Rachael deals with matters for all of the colleges and across the professional services.

Phone: 01392 725560

Eleanor Lavers

Contracts Paralegal and Intellectual Property Portfolio Coordinator

Eleanor supports Rachael Baird with intellectual property matters for both research and business purposes. Eleanor assists with the management enforcement and exploitation of University generated intellectual property. Eleanor administers the University’s patent and trademarks portfolio. Eleanor’s role involves drafting, reviewing and negotiating research and intellectual property contracts including non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, data-sharing agreements, student IP assignments and copyright licences. Eleanor deals with matters for all of the colleges and across the professional services.

Phone: 01392 725495

Luke Dunham

Education Contracts Officer

Luke is the University’s Education Contracts Officer.  Luke’s role includes reviewing and drafting contracts between the University and third parties for a number of education matters including mutual student exchange, delivery of joint programmes, student work placements with companies, and student fieldtrips. Luke works across all Colleges and Professional Serices. 

Phone: 01392 726224

Emily Timmins

Commercial Education and Research Contracts Officer (Solicitor)

Emily works on commercial education contracts where the University is working with the private sector (e.g. delivering degree apprenticeships to companies). Emily also works on research contracts for the College of Medicine and Health, with a focus on clinical trial agreements. Emily has a commercial contracts background and assists with a range of other matters including data protection.

Phone: 01392 727552

Charlotte Beer

Research Contracts Officer (Solicitor)

Charlotte joined the University in December 2018. Prior to joining the University, Charlotte qualified in London as a solicitor practicing commercial and corporate law. Charlotte’s work includes advising on a range of research contracts including collaborative research and consortium agreements, EU funded agreements and studentships with industry partners whilst also advising on contract research and consultancy queries. Charlotte is the primary contact for contractual queries for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

Phone: 01392 722471

Katie Enticott

Contracts Adviser

Katie works on research contracts within the Legal and Cases Team. Katie's work includes reviewing, drafting and negotiating contracts including collaborative research agreements, studentships, non-disclosure agreements, data-sharing agreements and material transfer agreements. Katie works on a daily basis alongside the Contracts Officers for all colleges and primarily deals with contractual matters for the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Phone: 01392 726364

Anne Murray

Academic Contract Administrator

Anne joined the University in 2018 as Academic Contracts Administrator.  Anne provides administration support to the Legal Team. 

Phone: 01392 722779