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Adrian Cooper, Welfare Benefits and Generalist Caseworker
Adrian is the longest serving member of staff at the Law Centre. Over the years, he has worked in different areas of law, such as employment, immigration and welfare benefits. He currently specialises in welfare benefits and runs the Law Centre’s drop in services. Adrian focuses on complex welfare benefits cases to the Upper Tribunal, people from abroad, and over payments. He takes a friendly and positive approach to all his work and is highly commended by his clients. Prior to joining the Law Centre, Adrian worked at Nucleus Advice Agency.
Barry Mills, Senior Employment Caseworker
Barry has worked as an employment caseworker for many years. He previously worked at Greenwich Law Centre, where he was also the supervisor for the employment contract with the Legal Advice Agency. Barry specialises in disciplinary and grievance proceedings, often in relation to maternity rights. He has considerable experience of advising and representing clients at tribunals. He is also a training supervisor and has run a number of training sessions, including to Norton Rose trainee solicitors.
Cassim Yacoobali, Immigration Caseworker
Cassim has extensive experience of dealing with a range of immigration, asylum and nationality matters both in Law Centres and private practice. He has Level 2 accreditation plus supervisory status which means that he is fully qualified to deal with matters relating to immigration and nationality. Cassim’s role at the Law Centre is to assist clients who are not eligible for Legal Aid on a low-cost fee paying basis.
Claire Lathwell, Trainee Solicitor
Claire joined North Kensington Law Centre in July 2014 as the Legal Triage Co-ordinator, before moving on to start a Period of Recognised Training in December 2015. She is currently training in Asylum and Immigration Law. Claire has previously volunteered at Southwark Law Centre and worked for various charities in London.
Debbie Yates, Practice Manager
Debbie has worked as the Law Centre’s Practice Manager since August 2016, having previously helped us with our billing. She has worked in various law centres since 2002 (Camden, Southwark, Lambeth, Islington and Central London) and has a wealth of administrative experience including compliance and HR, governance, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation and managing Legal Aid contracts.
Martina Flanagan, Senior Solicitor/Asylum & Immigration Solicitor
Martina has worked at the Law Centre since October 2013. She was admitted as a solicitor in September 2001 and has over 17 years’ legal experience in asylum, immigration and nationality casework. She is Level 2 IAAS accredited with supervisory status, meaning she has the necessary qualifications and experience to take on complex immigration and asylum cases. Martina’s specialism are in Legal Aid work dealing with asylum, victims of domestic violence and victims of trafficking.
Rachael Marchal, Asylum & Immigration Solicitor
Rachael joined the Law Centre staff in May 2017, having previously volunteered in the immigration department. She has extensive experience of working with refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants in the charitable sector. She previously worked for both Refugee Council and Refugee Action. She prides herself on her empathetic approach and has a strong interest in the issues which vulnerable migrants face in the UK. Rachael is Level 1 IAAS accredited. She is particularly interested in Legal Aid work dealing with asylum, victims of domestic violence and victims of trafficking.
Richard Gowthorpe, Criminal Defence Solicitor
Richard joined the Law Centre in April 2017, having previously advised clients at police stations for 25 years. He has worked as a solicitor in West London for 21 years. In 2005 he gained rights of audience in the higher courts and has personally conducted hundreds of cases in the Crown Court. Two cases he lead on have changed the law on police bail conditions.
Thalatha Wickramansinghe, Housing Solicitor
Thalatha is a fully qualified Housing Solicitor with many years’ experience. Additionally, she has also worked in childcare, conveyance and civil litigation. Prior to working at North Kensington, Thalatha was the Senior Solicitor at Greenwich Law Centre. She has thoroughly enjoyed working in a Law Centre environment during her legal career and successfully working with the most vulnerable clients. Moreover, she also has a great deal of supervisory experience working with trainee solicitors and volunteers.
Victoria Vasey, Director
Victoria joined the Law Centre in May 2016. She was previously Legal Director of the European Roma Rights Centre, where she led strategic litigation on equality and human rights issues in various European jurisdictions and before the ECHR and UN treaty bodies. Prior to that, she was a practising criminal barrister in London.