Division of 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