Associate Director, Rare
Melissa joined Rare in 2013 from BPP, where she was a freelance lecturer in Corporate Transactions. Prior to BPP, Melissa was part of the management team at the University of Law. She set up the Graduate Diploma in Law course at the Moorgate Centre of the University of Law and managed yearly cohorts of up to 300 GDL students, from admission to final results.
During her time at the University, she worked with various law firms to focus on what they were looking for in future trainees. She gave coaching and careers advice to many students.
Melissa practised commercial law at Slaughter and May (1997–2003) and Clifford Chance (2003–2005). She holds a degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University. She is SHL Level 2 qualified.
Since joining Rare, Melissa has set up the Discuss programme for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
Associate Director, Rare
Andrew Lilley, a former Managing Partner of Travers Smith, works with candidates on our Articles and Discuss programmes. Andrew began his career as a trainee at Freshfields, later moving to Travers Smith, where he was an employment lawyer for nearly twenty years.
Magdalene started her career in the legal profession at Clifford Chance as a trainee after graduating from Leeds University, and completing her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law.
She qualified as a solicitor in 1991 into the Banking department of Clifford Chance before becoming in-house Counsel at UBS AG, and then joining Weil, Gotshal & Manges as a senior associate. She later went on to spend 13 years at White & Case and became the head of their Banking practice.
She was named one of The Lawyer magazine’s Hot 100 lawyers of 2008 in finance and identified as “one of a rising generation of female banking stars”.
Throughout her career, Magdalene has had a strong commitment to diversity and inclusivity issues.
Dorothy Henderson joined the leading City law firm Travers Smith in 1987 and became a partner in 1993. She became the Head of the Employment department, which she set up herself in 1992. She was also Head of Graduate Recruitment from 2000-2003 and was on the firm's GR panel from 1996-2010.
Dorothy’s practice covered all areas of Employment law including Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation. As well as being a regular speaker at client seminars and external conferences, Dorothy has made appearances on BBC Radio and TV and was listed as a recommended Employment Lawyer by The Legal 500.
Dorothy left private practice in 2010 and now sits as a part-time Judge in the Employment Tribunal and also in the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal. She also does voluntary work as a school governor and with her old college, Newnham, Cambridge.
Senior Manager, Rare
Carly studied Law with French at the University of Sheffield, before completing the Legal Practice Course at BPP. She trained at Barlow Lyde & Gilberg (now Clyde & Co) and joined Allen & Overy in 2006 as an associate specialising in leveraged finance.
Carly then managed the graduate recruitment team at Herbert Smith Freehills for almost seven years and joined Rare as a Senior Manager responsible for our law programmes in 2017.
Julianna Barnaby joined Rare as a candidate and successfully secured a training contract at Travers Smith. She worked at the firm for three years, qualifying as an associate in the Tax department.
She is currently a freelance travel writer and content strategist. She has written for a number of publications including SUITCASE Magazine, Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, Professional Spa & Wellness, Rough Guides and Business Traveller. She also writes her own online publication, The Discoveries Of.
Julianna graduated with an English Language and Literature degree at the University of Oxford in 2007.
Julianna regularly helps out with law mock interviews at Rare and has helped a number of candidates secure vacation schemes and training contracts.
Cary is a very experienced lawyer, who qualified in both Canada and England. He spent nearly 30 years as a litigation lawyer and partner at Hogan Lovells, where he was a specialist in major cross border disputes, often involving high profile fraud matters and insolvencies.
He was also the partner in charge of the firm’s graduate recruitment team for many years and has huge experience in all aspects of mentoring and developing young talent to work in large law firms.
Cary has taken a particular interest in the challenges facing candidates from less privileged backgrounds and is therefore thrilled to be working with Rare.