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Brunel Law School appoints first Practice Chair in Commercial Law

​Barrister Suzanne Rab to join Private and Commercial Law this month

SUZANNE RAB Serle Court 2

Suzanne Rab will join Brunel Law School this month as their first Practice Chair in Commercial Law.  As a UK qualified lawyer with two decades of practice as a solicitor and now barrister, Suzanne brings multi-disciplinary commercial law academic and practitioner expertise. This is a part-time appointment, enabling Suzanne to continue her professional activity as a barrister with Serle Court.

Head of Brunel Law School Arad Reisberg welcomed Suzanne saying: "Suzanne's appointment is a strategic investment for the School, helping us build more connections to practice and the City as well as promoting a successful female role model to our students. Suzanne was a guest speaker at our Celebrating women in Law last October, and last June she ran our first international Competition Law Summer School in June.  A major part of Suzanne's role will­­­­­ be to ­­­­­expand our Summer School.  She has supervised, mentored and lectured to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Oxford University, the Open University and Imperial College London."

Suzanne looks forward to joining campus: "I am delighted to be joining  Brunel to chair their experienced and expert commercial law practice.  I am looking forward to leading a programme which will provide opportunities to further the nexus between academic and professional practice, building on strong intellectual foundations and real-world application.  Now more than ever legal practice in the UK faces great challenges, complexity and opportunities, which is why this role is particularly interesting.  My practice combines law, economics and policy, in the UK and overseas, and I share Brunel's vision and focus on these areas and the connections between them." 

Having been an advisor to the Legal Services Board and The Law Society on legal professional services regulation, Suzanne has acted as Counsel and Special Advisor to the Bar Standards Board in EU law, competition and data protection.  She is a member of the education committee of Lincoln's Inn where she provides advocacy and EU law training anda Mediator accredited by Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.  She has extensive experience at the interface between IPR and competition law and in financial services, most notably advising the Financial Conduct Authority and the Payment Systems Regulator.  Prior to her call to the Bar Suzanne was a director in the economics and strategy practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers and had senior roles in leading international law firms, most recently as partner.