About the coaches
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 and is an Associate Director. Melissa is an AoEC Accredited Associate Executive Coach and has 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, 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. He is now Head of Employment at Deloitte Legal.
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 & Gilbert (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 seven years and is now responsible for Rare’s law programmes and clients.
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.
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.
Rita is a qualified solicitor and an award-winning global training and development specialist.
After qualifying as a solicitor, she specialised in Litigation, working in the UK until 1999. In 2000, Rita moved to Singapore and joined Allen & Overy to manage the Training, Development & Know-how function. Rita then returned to London in 2003 to head up the Training function for the Banking practice and had global responsibility until 2017.
Rita now works as an independent freelance consultant for law firms based in Europe and Asia.
She started working as a Coach with Rare in 2019.
Ian Stanley has spent his entire professional career at Allen & Overy during the period that it has expanded into a major international law firm advising businesses and governments around the world. As a partner leading M&A transactions and complex projects for 30 years, he is very experienced in managing relationships with corporations in Europe, the US and Asia. He also has a breadth of experience of analysing risks, advising on strategies and communicating them clearly.
He has had a long-standing commitment to mentoring students and, as well as coaching at Rare, he is a trustee of the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.