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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. 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.
Alex Diner, Policy and Press Officer
Alex works on policy and handles media enquiries for the Law Centre. He has previously been a councillor in a different local authority in London, and has also worked as a Political Adviser in Westminster. He volunteered at the Law Centre for almost a year before undertaking this role.
Angela Danquah, Trainee Solicitor
Angela joined the Law Centre as a Trainee Solicitor in January 2018 as part of the Justice First Fellowship. She has previously worked for the Crown Prosecution Service as a paralegal, where she assisted prosecutors on complex criminal cases. Angela is also undertaking a project to improve access to justice for the local community.
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.
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.
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 2 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.
Sophie Earnshaw, Grenfell Housing Solicitor
Sophie joined the Law Centre in September 2017 to manage housing casework following the Grenfell fire. Specialising in housing and public law, Sophie focuses on all Grenfell-related housing cases. Having previously worked at Child Poverty Action Group and Shelter, Sophie brings experience in advising and representing clients on public law challenges (judicial review), housing rights, homelessness and social security. Sophie has mostly worked in social justice and in her spare time, has also been involved in projects promoting human rights, equality and access to justice.
Thalatha Wickramansinghe, Senior Solicitor/Housing Solicitor
Thalatha is a fully qualified Housing Solicitor with many years’ experience. Additionally, she has also worked in Child Care Law, Conveyancing 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.