About the coaches

Melissa Andrewes

Associate Director, Rare

Melissa Andrewes read Modern Languages at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, before studying the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the Legal Practice Course (LPC). She joined Slaughter and May as a trainee solicitor and qualified into the general corporate group where she practised for a number of years. Her next step was to move to Clifford Chance as a senior associate in the Commercial Business Group. Melissa then taught the LPC at the University of Law and set up and ran the GDL, leading a yearly cohort of over 300 students. She joined Rare in March 2010. She is an Associate Director with particular responsibility for coaching students interested in law.

Melissa’s vast practical and legal experience is critical to her assisting Rare’s candidates to develop the knowledge and skills required to bring the best out of each candidate.

Elham Saudi

Associate Director, Rare

Elham graduated from Oxford in 2000 with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and then trained as a lawyer, spending seven years at top City law firm Slaughter and May, where she worked on the financing of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium deal and advised clients including 3i Group plc, COLT Telecom Group and Diageo plc. She spent a year and a half on secondment at Uría Menéndez in Madrid and has also worked on developing Slaughter and May’s practice in the Middle East.

Elham Saudi is co-founder and director of Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL), a non-governmental organisation incorporated with the aim of promoting human rights by defending justice and promoting the rule of law in Libya. In her role as director of LFJL, Elham has worked on both fact finding in connection with investigations into alleged human rights abuses in Libya in the period since 15 February 2011 as well as providing advice to a number of European governments and international bodies as well as the National Transitional Council in Libya. She has also led LFJL’s innovative Destoori programme, directed at creating a sense of ownership in Libya’s new constitution, educating people on the fundamentals of constitution building and canvassing opinion on the issue.

Elham has appeared on Channel 4, BBC, and Radio 4 and, most recently, was a speaker at the Hay Festival Beirut.

Andrew Lilley

Coach, Rare

Andrew Lilley, a former Managing Partner of Travers Smith, has become a mentor for Rare, working exclusively with Articles and Discuss candidates. Andrew began his career as a trainee at Freshfields, later moving to Travers Smith, where he was an employment lawyer for nearly twenty years. Now, he teaches at BPP and mentors Rare candidates.

Carly Gilberg

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

Coach, Rare

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.