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.

Andrew Lilley

Associate Director, 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.

Cary Kochberg

Coach, Rare

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.

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.