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:
- The use of technology in teaching both knowledge and skills
- The most effective way of delivering content online
- 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.
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Ishan Kolhatkar is Director of Group Education Technologies at BPP Professional Education reporting to the Group CEO. He retains the title of Principal Lecturer in Law.
He was called to the Bar in 2002 and was tenant at 2 Hare Court where he prosecuted and defended serious crime, much of it IT related. He also appeared before the Tax Tribunal instructed by HMRC in missing trader frauds.
In 2011 he left the Bar (via a short spell at the NMC) to join the BPTC teaching team at BPP. After 5 happy years of teaching and leading several modules, including being the founding editor of the BPP Criminal Litigation manual, he moved to Education Services (Learning and Teaching).
In 2017 he became Deputy Dean of the wider Education Services function which spans L&T, Careers, Library, Widening Participation and Pro Bono. He has a particular interest in learning technology and is involved in strategic initiatives across the BPP group in this area. He remains a Principal Lecturer and teaches Advocacy and Criminal Litigation on the BPTC on the part-time weekend course. He is both an External Examiner and Standard Setter for the Bar Standards Board. Ishan was appointed to the Department for Education T-Panel (Law) in 2018. He is regularly asked to speak at conferences on legal education and technology. In relation to the latter, he is building a speciality in e-assessment.
During the autumn of 2019 he edited the Billable Hour Cookbook which is available to order here: billablehour.org/cookbook
Away from the law and teaching, he enjoys cooking and posting pictures of his food on twitter. Probably in equal measures.