About me

I was called to the bar in 2002 and undertook pupillage at 2 Hare Court with pupil supervisors many of whom have since taken silk or been elevated to the Circuit bench.  I got tenancy after pupillage and undertook serious criminal work (prosecution and defence) in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal both on my own and with a leader.  I was also instructed by HMRC to appear in the First Tier Tribunal (Tax) against companies who appealed the denial of VAT repayments where carousel fraud was alleged.

In 2011 I left the self-employed bar and worked in-house for the Nursing & Midwifery Council.  I advised on cases and appeared for the NMC before their practice committees and the High Court.

From September 2011-2016, I was a BPTC Lecturer at BPP University, Law School.  I taught Criminal Litigation, Evidence & Sentencing (and was the Module Leader), Advocacy, Professional Ethics, Advanced Criminal Litigation and Professional Discipline, a module that I created and won approval to run by BPP’s Academic Council.  I also taught and assessed on the Bar Transfer Test and the Solicitors Higher Rights qualification.

In September 2016 I was appointed Teaching Enhancement Manager in the Learning & Teaching team at BPP University.  My role covered a number of L&T areas including technology enhanced learning.  I am interested in:

  1. The use of technology in teaching both knowledge and skills
  2. The most effective way of delivering content online
  3. The presentation skills of those who teach, both delivery and visual aids

Currently I’m Deputy Dean of Education Services with strategic responsibility for our Learning & Teaching team, Careers, Library, Inclusion & widening participation, English and functional skills, our PGCPHE programme, CPD and academic promotion.  I report to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Services).

Away from teaching, I enjoy cooking (which will come as no surprise if you follow me on twitter), puns and the sound of my own voice.

Here are my contact details:

Email: ishankolhatkar@bpp.com

Twitter: @bptc_lecturer

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ishankolhatkar

Ishan Kolhatkar is Deputy Dean of Education Services at BPP University.
He was called to the Bar in 2002. He undertook pupillage and was a tenant at 2 Hare Court. Following a short spell at the Nursing & Midwifery Council he joined BPP Law School in 2011 as a tutor on the Bar Professional Training Course and the Bar Transfer Test. He previously led the Criminal Litigation, Evidence & Sentencing module and also taught Advocacy, Professional Ethics, Advanced Criminal Litigation and Professional Discipline on the BPTC. He is an ATC accredited advocacy trainer. From September 2013-2016 he was appointed by the Bar Standards Board to be the External Examiner for Advocacy at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is now the External Examiner for Advanced Criminal Litigation at several BPTC providers and a Standard Setter for the CEB Crime paper.
He has an interest in online learning in terms of the technology, delivery and the blend with face-to-face teaching. Away from education he enjoys cooking and eating good food.