Division of the General Counsel, Governance and Compliance

Legal Counsel

The aim of the Office of the General Counsel (Legal Counsel) is to deliver at pace consistently excellent legal advice across a broad range of the University’s activities, ensuring value for money in the services that we provide.

We cover a wide range of topics including data protection, contract law, commercial law, consumer law, staff & student complaints, staff & student discipline, public law, visas & immigration, intellectual property, regulatory law and employment law, to name a handful.

Please see below for contact details and information about individual areas of expertise:

Bridget Edminson - General Counsel and Director of Governance and Compliance

Areas of expertise: Legal, Governance, and Compliance


+44 (0) 1273 873972

Geraldine Ismail - Senior Legal Counsel

Areas of expertise: Public and private law litigation; EU exit-related matters; privacy, data protection, confidentiality; international relationships, collaborations, partnerships, and student mobility; student complaints, misconduct and admission decisions; defamation and libel; public law.


+44 (0) 1273 873989

Nicola Enston - Senior Legal Counsel

Areas of expertise: Complaints and discipline; regulatory investigations and OfS matters; crime; health and safety; Freedom of Information; safeguarding, public law.


+44 (0) 1273 877858

Lucy-May Tarafder - Legal Counsel

Areas of expertise: Estates and property; CMA; employment matters; housing; online learning.


+44 (0) 1273 873988

Emma Purnell - Legal Counsel

Areas of expertise: Commercial and research-related contracts; data protection; procurement matters; collaboration partnerships, spin outs, and transnational education (TNE); export controls; intellectual property.


+44 (0) 1273 877808

Michele Balfe - Legal Counsel

Areas of expertise: HR and employment; trade union matters; UKVI; safeguarding; charity law.


+44 (0) 1273 873871

Jennifer Oldfield - Legal Counsel

Areas of expertise: Property and estates; environmental and sustainability matters; contracts and procurement.


+44 (0) 1273 876945