Ryan Whelan

Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP & FOUNDER OF THE ABERDEEN LAW PROJECT

Mr Ryan Whelan founded The Aberdeen Law Project in 2009 and was our Student Director between 2009 and 2011. He graduated with an LLB (Hons) from The University of Aberdeen in 2009, receiving the Cruickshank Prize for graduating top of his year with First Class Honours.

Having served as President of the Law Society in his senior honours year, Mr Whelan was awarded the Edmond Prize in Law (2008) and was the first law student to be recognised with the prestigious Quincentenerian Award (2010). He has been further honoured for his work in founding ALP with an award from the Attorney General. Mr Whelan was also selected by The Bank of Scotland to run with the Olympic Flame ahead of the London Games in 2012.

As a student, Mr Whelan advised and represented numerous clients, including the family of Claire Morris. He also visited law clinics in the USA (including NYU and George Washington), spoke at conferences on pro bono work, wrote articles on ALP and co-founded The Scottish University Law Clinic Network.

Mr Whelan is currently an Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, specialising in litigation, international arbitration and white collar crime. He was elected Chair of the ALP Board in May 2016.


Anna Robertson

public sector solicitor

Miss Anna Robertson was our third Student Director (2013-2014). She graduated from The University of Aberdeen in 2013 with an LLB (Hons) and, in the following year, a Diploma in Legal Practice.

During her time with ALP, Miss Robertson held a number of positions. In her first year, she was a Sector Adviser with the employment team. Between 2012 and 2013, Miss Robertson served as the Deputy Student Director.

Miss Robertson has long been involved in the advancement of children's rights. She was a founding member of the Peer Advocacy Service, which provides support and assistance to vulnerable children, and is a founding member and Secretary of Youth Chex, a grant giving organisation for young people.

Miss Robertson completed her traineeship with the Scottish Government Legal Service and is now working as a solicitor within the public sector. 


Jodie Chandler

legal counsel: aberdeen asset management

Miss Jodie Chandler graduated from The University of Aberdeen with an LLB (Hons) in 2012 and obtained a Diploma in Legal Practice in 2013.

Miss Chandler was a founding member of ALP and, before taking the role of Student Director in 2011, she was Head of Representation, Head of the Housing Sector and Deputy Student Director in 2010.

Miss Chandler completed her traineeship at CMS Cameron McKenna, and worked there for a further year post this.  She is now working as legal counsel at Aberdeen Asset Management.


Caitlin Hurst

Trainee Solicitor at MMS 

Miss Caitlin Hurst was our fourth Student Director (2014-2015). She graduated from The University of Aberdeen with an LLB (Hons) in 2014 and the Diploma in Legal Practice in 2015. She then worked as a paralegal in New York for a year before beginning her training contract.  She is now in the second year of the traineeship at Maclay Murray & Spens LLP.


Lindsay McCormick

trainee with shepherd and wedderburn 

Lindsay was our fifth student director (2015-16). She graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Aberdeen in 2015, and completed the DPLP the following year.

She is currently in the second year of her traineeship with Shepherd and Wedderburn, and will be due to finish this in 2018.  


Louise Sloan 

st andrews college language school

Louise Sloan was our sixth Student Director (2016-17). She graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an LLB (Hons) Law with French Law in 2017.  

Miss Sloan is now working for St Andrews College Language School to develop their delivery of activity and excursion programmes across the UK.