PLP Staff

Adrian manages PLP’s training and events, website, marketing, individual donor fundraising (including challenge events)  and relevant aspects of communications.  Before joining the organisation Adrian worked as a Project Manager with Index on Censorship, the international freedom of expression organisation, where he headed their annual awards event and managed projects funded by the UNDP and the Arts Council England, including the first international festival of homeless arts.  Previously Adrian worked at the University of the Arts Student’s Union and as the administrator of ‘Union Chapel Project’, where he got to see loads of great music.  In his spare time he is learning to roller skate with his son (quads, not in-line!), does lots of middle distance running and is on the Board of Trustees of the Fatbeehive Foundation which gives small grants to small charities to improve their digital presence.
Alexandra Sinclair has an LLB(hons) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and an LL.M from Columbia Law School where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar.  Alexandra has worked as a judges’ clerk at the New Zealand High Court and as a barrister in Auckland, New Zealand. She was awarded the Cleary Memorial Prize by the New Zealand Law Foundation in 2015 for showing outstanding promise in the legal profession.

She is dedicated to public interest legal work, she was a member of  Columbia Law School’s Incarceration and the Family Clinic, she has worked as a legal intern at the Knight First Amendment Institute and she spent time as a Columbia Public Interest Fellow at the Center for Court Innovation in Manhattan.   She is particularly interested in the intersection of public law and human rights.

Alice began her communications career at human trafficking charity STOP THE TRAFFIK in 2019. Before joining Public Law Project she worked at Local Trust, who run a long-term lottery-funded programme with 150 communities across the country. Her main responsibilities at PLP include growing the influence and reach of the organisation and generally shouting about all the brilliant work her colleagues do.

Alice is a solicitor in the Casework team and joined PLP in 2021.  She qualified into Civil Liberties and Human Rights, specialising in inquests and also brought judicial reviews on behalf of bereaved families.  Prior to qualifying, Alice was part of a legal team representing 22 families in the recent inquest into the Hillsborough disaster and then worked in a Civil Liberties department, focusing on inquests and actions against public authorities.  She is a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers and is passionate about using public law to improve access to legal advice and justice.  Alice was also named Liverpool Law Society’s Junior Lawyer of the year in 2017.

Amélie is a Master’s graduate from New York University with an M.A. in International Relations and Politics. She also attended the Institut des Sciences Politique, Paris and received Bachelor’s degrees in History and International Studies from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to joining PLP, she worked in fundraising and events with different charities, including Human Rights Watch, London. She works all matters relating to communications, conference deliveries and other events planning.

Amélie will quite cheerfully discuss comparative politics, football, and Shakespeare until everyone in the room has expired of boredom. She will be starting a PhD with the University of Essex in October 2021.

Anna joined PLP in August 2021 after studying a History degree and a Masters in Law, focusing on human rights law, at Lancaster University. Prior to joining PLP, she has worked on a number of projects, for example, as a marketing intern for Barnardo’s, an event planner for a variety of local events projects and a researcher for the National Trust and The Eden Project North. Anna enjoys reading, the theatre and running and walking in her home county of Yorkshire.

Aoife is the Specialist Support Hub Lawyer, with responsibility for PLP’s European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) Hub and Welfare Rights Hub. Aoife supports organisations providing legal advice, including Law Centres and Crisis Skylights, with specialist second-tier advice on social welfare, the EUSS and public law. Aoife’s role also involves identifying strategic litigation relating to welfare law and the EUSS, as well as taking on other PLP casework. Aoife is a solicitor and joined PLP in late 2021. Before joining PLP, Aoife regularly volunteered with a number of legal advice clinics and charities.

Arabella joined PLP as deputy research director in April 2021 from the House of Commons, where she set up and ran the Parliament and Treaties Hub. She developed parliamentary treaty scrutiny by advising and training parliamentarians and staff, collaborating with a wide range of actors across the UK and beyond, and publishing her academic research. Before that Arabella was a senior research analyst for the House of Commons Library, where she briefed MPs and published papers on topics including Brexit, international law and human rights, immigration and asylum, civil and family law and legal aid. In addition she ran a major inquiry for the Home Affairs Committee, produced the Commons Library’s first writing guide, managed research staff across the Library and worked on outreach and communications. Arabella has a Masters in Research in Law and Human Rights from Birkbeck and a degree in Scots law from Edinburgh University. She has also worked as a professional violinist and teacher as well as a carer, spends as much time as she can in lakes and rivers, and would like to be Swedish.

Bijan is a barrister who joined PLP in 2019.  He was called to the bar in 2011 and later specialised in public law as a tenant at Garden Court Chambers.  He has acted in cases at all domestic levels up to and including the Supreme Court, as well in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights.  At PLP, his work has predominantly concerned Brexit and, in particular, the EU Settlement Scheme.

Caroline joined PLP in June 2021 as a Research Fellow focussing on benefit sanctions.  Before starting at PLP she was Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Policy and the Voluntary Sector at the London Borough of Hackney with  responsibility for developing policy and strategy at a borough level and influencing policy development at a regional and central government level.   Her portfolio responsibilities included Hackney’s 10 year community strategy and poverty reduction strategy, the Council’s relationship with the police, youth justice, refugees and vulnerable migrants and the Council’s approach to the voluntary sector, including advice services.  She is a qualified lawyer with experience specialising in public and regulatory law.
She is a trustee at a social enterprise focussed on community development.  She has previously undertaken a range of voluntary roles including at her local winter night shelter and provision of pro bono legal advice.

Chris has been a senior manager leading on charity finance and operations since 2009 when, as Assistant Director, Chris helped the Restorative Justice Council grow from two to twenty employees. Chris joins PLP from Age UK where he assisted the partnership affairs department develop a new strategic plan in a period of rapid change. At PLP he holds responsibility for finance and back office functions and is moving to focus further on developing the charity’s infrastructure. Chris read Law at University of Wales, Aberystwyth where he received subject prizes for corporate governance, information law and contract law.

Daniel is a solicitor and will be leading on PLP’s legal aid focus work. He joined PLP from the Migrants’ Law Project at Islington Law Centre, where he worked on judicial review claims brought by NGOs concerning the rates of asylum support, the ‘Detained Fast Track’ asylum process and the Immigration Rules for adult dependent relatives.
More recently, he has focused on family reunion for asylum seekers in the context of the European Refugee Crisis. This began with representing unaccompanied children in the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp and developed into a multi-year project involving collaboration with various partners to assist scores of vulnerable individuals across Europe and beyond.
Daniel also has a broader interest in the criminal justice system and the rights of people who encounter it. During his training contract he conducted advocacy before the Parole Board, advised families regarding deaths in custody and pursued civil claims against the police and prison service. Following qualification, he provided legal outreach services in drug and alcohol treatment centres.

Elaine joined PLP in July 2018, as their Administrative Officer. She supports the Events, Finance and Administrative teams.
Elaine read Politics and Psychology a long time ago at Aberdeen University. Before starting at PLP she started and ran several creative businesses including: Little Badger (children’s clothing mail order), Glen Scott Properties and Property Facelift (interior design). More recently she took some time out to travel and volunteer in China, Morocco and Sri Lanka. As a result of her travels she decided to work in the charity sector and is about to embark on a part-time diploma in Criminology with the OU.

Emma Marshall is a Research Fellow at PLP and joined the team in 2017. Emma also works part-time as a Postdoctoral Policy Consultant for the Community Justice and Policy Hub at the University of Exeter. Emma’s research focuses on the British legal aid system, including the Exceptional Case Funding scheme, as well as other aspects of immigration law and policy. She is also involved in developing social research to inform PLP’s policy work and capacity building in the advice sector. Emma assisted the University of Exeter to set up an Exceptional Case Funding clinic as part of her doctoral research, and her doctoral thesis examines experiences of advice-seeking for asylum seekers and people with other categories of human rights applications in the South West of England. Prior to joining PLP, Emma managed a refugee drop-in centre where she supported a team of volunteers to help individuals with a range of enquiries on immigration and asylum, welfare benefits, housing, education and other areas of social support. Emma has an undergraduate degree in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, and a Masters in International Human Rights Law, and Research Masters in Critical Human Geographies, from the University of Exeter.

Emma Vincent Miller is a solicitor and joined PLP in 2020. She has a law degree from the University of Bristol. Emma volunteered and worked at the Bristol Law Centre before training as a solicitor at the Government Legal Department. She joined PLP from the Cabinet Office Legal Team where she advised on public and constitutional law. Emma has volunteered at a legal advice clinic and with the Law Society International Action Team.

Hannah joined PLP in August 2018 and started her Justice First Fellowship (JFF) training contact in January 2021. Hannah is committed to a career in public law and is particularly interested in access to justice and legal aid.
In the past year, Hannah has directly assisted PLP’s lawyers with judicial review claims for individuals and NGOs. Hannah has assisted with a variety of cases, including a challenge to a local authority’s use of s.222 Local Government Act injunctive powers against street sex workers; an access to justice challenge to the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s removal window policy; two challenges to legal aid means regulations; and several asylum support accommodation challenges.
During her JFF Hannah is running a project to provide second tier advice to the asylum and refugee sector in Wales in relation to asylum support accommodation issues. Hannah has a particular interest in this issue after recently assisting with challenges to inadequate asylum support accommodation, including cases concerning disabled children and individuals accommodated in the Penally military barracks in Wales.
Hannah hopes that this project will assist in providing support to asylum seekers living in Wales where access to legal aid and public law is severely limited, and during a time that is increasingly hostile towards refugees and asylum seekers.

Jo Hickman was appointed PLP’s Director in 2015. She is a public law specialist with a background in both the private and voluntary sectors.  Immediately prior to her appointment Jo was Head of PLP’s Casework team where she developed and led the pioneering legal aid project, and acted in a number of seminal cases. She is widely recognised for her strategic expertise, having been historically named Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year and Times Lawyer of the Week. Most recently she was shortlisted as 2017 Lawyer of the Year at both the Legal Business and Solicitor Journal awards.
She is a member of the Law Society Access to Justice Committee, a Board member of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, and sits on the Civil Justice Council.

Jo is a Research Fellow at PLP and a PhD student at the University of Exeter. Her work at PLP focusses on online courts and tribunals and related access to justice issues. Jo’s ongoing doctoral research explores the legal geographies of immigration bail hearings and video links. She is particularly interested in courtwatching methodologies and procedural fairness in remote hearings.

Joe is PLP’s Research Director. He is also Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the University of York and a member of the Wider Core Team at the UK Administrative Justice Institute. He completed an LL.B and Ph.D in law at the University of Manchester, and has held visiting positions at King’s College London and Osgoode Hall Law School. He researches widely on public law, and particularly the administrative justice system. Joe’s work has been published in leading journals and been funded by a range of organisations, including the ESRC and the Nuffield Foundation. His work has been cited by a variety of bodies, including the Ministry of Justice, the All Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law, and the House of Commons Library. His work (with Professor Robert Thomas) on administrative review will also form the basis of a Law Commission project. Before joining the PLP, he worked in the President’s Chambers of the EFTA Court, at Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, at the British Institute for International and Comparative Law, and as Legal Assistant to Gerard McDermott QC.  At PLP, he is currently leading the development of a new research strategy.
John Little joined PLP in September 2018 as the Finance Manager.  He works with the Practice Manager to monitor and oversee finances within the Charity and provide reports for the Board and other stakeholders . John has enjoyed a long career in finance within the not for profit sector.  This has included roles in the charity and the university sector, working in areas such as internal audit and management accounting.  John’s other interest has been studying, with the completion of a part time Masters in Global Politics from Birkbeck University in 2017.

Lee Marsons joined PLP in February 2021 as a Research Fellow focusing on post Covid and Brexit public law matters. He is currently finishing a PhD at the University of Essex, a socio-legal project concerning the impact of emotions on appellate court hearings and decisions. Lee is also editor of the UK Administrative Justice Institute (UKAJI) blog and co-editor of Public Law’s Current Survey.

Lewis Graham is the PLP’s Research Fellow in Constitutional Law. He has degrees from the University of Bristol and University of Oxford and is finishing a PhD at the University of Cambridge, a project looking at the behaviour of judges on the UK Supreme Court.
His academic research generally focuses on judges, human rights and administrative law. He has published on these topics in leading journals including Public Law and International & Comparative Law Quarterly, and his work has been cited by judges in national administrative courts as well as judges in the European Court of Human Rights. His book, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights in the United Kingdom (co-authored with Steven Greer and Lindsey Bell), is due to be published soon.
Outside PLP, Lewis has worked on a number of initiatives to increase access to education, working with charities, universities and education authorities on this issue. He also plays a number of instruments badly, and thinks that reading a lot of books looks impressive on Goodreads.

Luke Robins-Grace is PLP’s Communications Director. He has been in communications and public affairs for over ten years, including at the Bar Council and as a trainer at the International School of Communication. Luke has worked on a range of campaigns and communications strategies on justice issues. In a former life, Luke was a secondary school teacher.

Matthew is a lawyer who joined Public Law Project’s casework team in 2020.Before coming to Public Law Project, Matthew worked as a solicitor at GT Stewart Solicitors, where he acted for a wide range of clients including migrants, looked after children and care leavers. He assisted clients to bring judicial review challenges against public bodies, often on an urgent basis, and regularly acted for parents in Court of Protection proceedings relating to their children.Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Matthew worked for over 10 years in the charity sector supporting refugees and asylum seekers, including unaccompanied children, at organisations such as the Refugee Council and the Manor Gardens Advocacy Project.

Mia joined PLP in August 2021 as a research assistant. She studied her LLB and completed a LLM in International Law at the University of Leeds, where she was a recipient of the Liberty Scholarship. She joins PLP from Birmingham City Council, where she was a legal assistant on the equal pay team. She is also a consultant at The Accessful Foundation and previously worked with Citizens Advice and St Vincent’s Support Centre. Mia is committed to a career in public law and is deeply passionate about using the law as a tool for promoting equality and inclusion.

Mustaqim joined PLP in August 2021 as a research intern, courtesy of a fellowship with the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. He recently completed his BA Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford, and is now assisting PLP with a project focused on tracking constitutional reform, as well as general research work. He firmly believes in the potential of public law to alleviate disadvantage and to assist the most vulnerable in society. Outside of the law, Mustaqim is passionate about advancing racial and ethnic equality, and volunteers as Campaigns Manager for the non-profit organisation, Dear Asian Youth London.

Niamh joined PLP in May 2021 as a casework paralegal. She joined PLP from the AIRE Centre where she worked as a Project Coordinator for their UK National Support Fund project which assisted at-risk UK nationals with securing their residence in Europe post-Brexit. Niamh studied law with Spanish at the University of Glasgow and is committed to a career in public law.

Nikhil began his career in costing with no prior knowledge of the field, however quickly developed an interest. His focus, dedication and enthusiasm to learn all about Legal Aid billing soon led to a management role. Having managed an in-house billing team for over 4 years, as well as leading teams for external Legal Aid firms, Nikhil is no stranger to adapting with the needs of each firm. Additionally, Nikhil has the expertise in understanding how Legal Aid billing teams work to maximise costs.

Olivia coordinates PLP’s Welfare Rights Support Hub. Her role is intended to increase the availability and accessibility of legal information and specialist social welfare and public law advice, working with Law Centres and Crisis Skylights to provide training and second-tier advice on complex cases with a view to bringing strategic litigation. Olivia joined PLP from Bristol Law Centre where she was a caseworker in the Welfare Benefits team.

Rakesh joined PLP in September 2013. He is a solicitor who qualified in 2000 and prior to joining PLP was a partner in two of his previous firms, specialising in refugee and human rights law. He acted in a series of test cases in counter-terrorism law that reached the House of Lords, Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the EU. He also acted in test cases concerning unfair hearings and unfair Home Office policies. This work was recognised in the “Legal 500” and “Chambers and Partners”. He was a Thomson and Reuters “Super Lawyer” and a finalist for the Immigration Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2013. At PLP, Rakesh has been involved in a wide range of judicial reviews including challenges to unfair processes – notably closed material procedures in the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, the Work Capability Assessment and the legal aid Exceptional Case Funding scheme. Rakesh specialises in access to justice issues. He acted for the charity Medical Justice in a challenge to Home Office’s “removal windows” policy. He had acted for several clients who had to be returned to the UK because they had all been denied access to lawyers under that policy before they were removed. The Court of Appeal held that the policy unlawfully restricted access to justice. Rakesh was named “Lawyer of the Week” by The Times in October 2020. The Legal Aid Practitioners Group named him the Public Law Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2021. Rakesh regularly delivers judicial review training for PLP.

Ray is a finance officer and joined PLP in 2021. He has an economics degree from the University of Kent. Ray is no stranger to working diligently with numbers due to his past studies in accounting and undergraduate degree. His aim is to build his experience in finance, study further and eventually become a chartered accountant. During his spare time Ray can be found watching and taking part in sports and has a strong passion for football in particular.

Saba recently completed her BA Jurisprudence at Mansfield College, University of Oxford, where she was JCR President and recipient of the Worsley Prize for Law. She joined PLP as a Fellow of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, and is now assisting the SIFT Project and working as a general research assistant. In the past, she has acted as research assistant to Helen Mountfield QC and interned at JCWI and Shelter. She is deeply passionate about public law and using the law to assist the disadvantaged.

Sara is a solicitor and Deputy Legal Director. Sara has a broad public law and human rights practice with a particular focus on disability and gender discrimination, and assisting those facing multiple disadvantages. In addition to her casework, Sara is currently leading a significant project at PLP focusing on improving and providing access to justice for frontline organisations and charities and their stakeholders or service users. Before Sara came to PLP she worked for ten years in private practice at Bindmans LLP, where she specialised in private and public law challenges against detaining authorities and was recommended in Chambers and Legal 500 in Civil Liberties and Healthcare categories.

Sue joined PLP in July 2019 after having worked as a volunteer at numerous PLP conferences, and on their Legal Aid Support Project. As a mature student she studied the LLB with Human Rights at Aberystwyth University, an LLM in Research training through an Access to Masters scholarship, and the LPC with the University of Law.

Previously Sue worked in horticulture, setting up and running 2 small gardening businesses. During this time she also volunteered with mental health and homeless charities, and with Citizens Advice.

Tatiana is PLP’s Research Fellow in Public Law and Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and an undergraduate law degree from the University of Oxford, and a politics and philosophy degree from the LSE.
Before joining PLP, Tatiana worked as a judicial assistant at the Court of Appeal. She has also worked as a legal assistant at the Law Commission, looking at reform of the criminal law relating to harmful online communications.
She volunteers at the Unity Project, supporting people with ‘no recourse to public funds’, and studies part time for the Bar Practice Course.