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Our Seminar Presenters

Our Training Team

Elahe Ghazinoori

Elahe Ghazinoori founded EMG Associates, a legal consultancy firm, in 2006 having formerly practised as an in-house solicitor for a telecommunications company. As EMG Associates' principal presenter, she has a wealth of experience in providing inspiring and engaging training sessions in the areas of corporate and commercial law to legal practitioners from the international community. Elahe’s focus is to support the development of individuals and the subsequent growth of the organisation in which they work. She is commercially aware, providing practical business-focused solutions to all her clients.
Elahe has trained hundreds of lawyers and legal professionals around the world on subjects such as company law, commercial law, contract law, drafting skills, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions and arbitration. She has launched the TOLES series of courses successfully in the Middle East, in particular in the UAE and Bahrain working with some of the top law firms, training institutes and universities in the region.
Before devoting her work fulltime to EMG Associates, Elahe also lectured for BPP Law School, one of UK’s leading law school and professional development institutes. She also worked as a senior training consultant for over 5 years for one of the world’s largest corporations, American Airlines.
Elahe’s broad academic achievements include: B.Sc. Hons II(i) in Mathematics and Post Graduate Diploma in Statistics. Admitted to the roll of solicitors in May 2005.  Elahe also holds the University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).
She has also written a number of topical articles on a range of corporate issues in the London Chamber of Commerce and the Arab British Chamber of Commerce publications.

Peter Pafitis

Peter Pafitis, a Leeds University LL.B graduate and Barrister-at –law of the Middle Temple, has served as legal advisor to various corporate entities in South Africa and Bahrain, subsequent to which, as associate lecturer in law, he has taught company law, contract law, legal system, banking law and criminal law at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus.  During the course of his academic career, he has rendered tutor support for the University of London LL.B and LL.M External Degree programmes on the island,  and has developed and presented a Cyprus variant of the Corporate and Business Law module  for the University of Middlesex BA Hons and Finance degree, at Intercollege. For the period 2002-2005, Peter was designated as visiting lecturer for the law component of the Institute of Financial Services programme at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. As training instructor he has delivered CIB/IFS banking law seminars and ACCA/ ACA  Business and Corporate Law professional courses for GlobalTraining in Cyprus, Athens and Bucharest.  He has also presented a series of workshops in Moscow for the Professional Competence Certification of Investment Firms and Credit Institutions.  As part of the Universite Libre de Bruxelles’ Odysseus network project for the European Commission, Peter was appointed as Co-ordinator and Rapporteur for Cyprus to review and report on the transposition of Immigration Directives.  As Consulting Director, he was a key player in the establishment of the Legal Resources Centre in Cyprus, and is currently Head of Legal Services Development at AG Erotocritou LLC, a leading Cyprus-based law firm. Peter has contributed a chapter on Banking Law for the publication “Key Issues Internationally” and is the author and editor of the recently-published book “Company Law and Law of Partnership in the Republic of Cyprus”, an authoritative and comprehensive resource for students and legal practitioners.

Louise Kulbicki

Louise Kulbicki LLB, LLM is a British legal English teacher and founder of Study Legal English which provides online legal English resources to language learners. Louise gained practical experience working in the legal field on the development of international environmental law before turning to legal English teaching. 

Since 2013 she has been teaching legal English to lawyers and law students from around the world and specialises in online teaching and resources development. She has delivered a range of legal English courses including TOLES training and Contract Drafting. Currently she is a board member of the European Legal English Teachers’ Association (EULETA) in charge of social media, tech and communications and a member of the International Division of the Law Society of England and Wales.


Julia Hansen

Julia is an Australian native English speaker. In 2008, she graduated with a Combined Bachelor of Media and Communications and Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University, Sydney. Julia spent seven years working with the Australian Government, primarily with the Australian military, advising in international humanitarian law, criminal law, and government administrative law. During this time, Julia undertook a number of international postings working as a Legal Advisor with other governments, NATO, the United Nations, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Julia was responsible for overseeing the legal training and certification of hundreds of civilian and military personnel working in East Timor, Iraq, and Afghanistan, to ensure Australia's compliance with international law. Julia also spent one year in Afghanistan; working in justice system reform, which involved teaching Afghan judges, prosecutors and police, Afghan criminal law and human rights law. In 2016, Julia moved to the United Arab Emirates, and worked as a commercial lawyer. In 2018, she completed the University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), as she realised her interests lay beyond law - she loved interacting and teaching in the cosmopolitan commercial environment of Abu Dhabi. Julia's passion is to empower law students and lawyers to be confident with their English and the common law system, in a relaxed and enjoyable teaching environment.


Michael Howard

Michael is a Non-Practising Solicitor who has over 10 years experience of working within City law firms in London. Throughout his legal career he worked for major international UK and US firms, specialising in Commercial Litigation. During his legal tenure, Michael successfully advised on and ran numerous cross-border, multi-million pound disputes. In addition to his legal career, Michael also has over 5 years teaching and training experience and holds a professional TEFL qualification. For the past 3 years he has combined his professional legal and teaching skills to provide courses to law firms, universities and institutions in Legal English as a second language. His ability to dovetail his extensive legal and teaching experience ensures that he provides clients with a professional and yet fun and stimulating environment in which to study Legal English. In particular, he specialises in preparing clients for various internationally recognised qualifications, including the TOLES exams.

Shirley Mitchell

Before becoming an Independent Consultant in 2005 Shirley previously worked for a top London Training Consultancy and was involved in the research, design and implementation of training programmes to a variety of blue chip clients worldwide. She has also held the position of Training Manager with responsibility for a team of Independent Associates so has hands on experience of the many challenges organisations face, from start up through to maturity. Shirley is committed to achieving the highest standards possible. Her 10 years of Consultancy and Management experience ensure that even the most challenging issues are resolved quickly and efficiently. Her interest lies in seeing possibilities beyond what is already present and known, by using her insight, ingenuity, and intellect. Her passion is developing people to achieve tangible business benefits.

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