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.

Anna joined PLP in October 2021 as Policy and Parliamentary Officer, with responsibility for influencing policy around public law and the constitution and developing parliamentary relationships to promote constitutional reform that is progressive, increases executive accountability, and enhances parliamentary scrutiny. Prior to joining PLP, Anna coordinated the work and research of the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), a renowned UK-wide coalition of 17 leading anti-trafficking organisations. Authoring several influential research reports, Anna worked closely with policy actors and parliamentarians to successfully lobby for improvements in anti-trafficking law, policy and practice.
At the same time, she has been involved in bringing several notable strategic litigation cases including K & AM, R v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 2951. Her work coordinating ATMG benefited significantly from her experience working on the frontline supporting and advocating for the rights of survivors of modern slavery during which time she led the largest anti-trafficking support service for adult victims of trafficking in the UK.

Anna is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Law.

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 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.

Ariane is a barrister and leads PLP’s casework and research teams. She is an experienced public law practitioner with a focus on discrimination and human rights, having developed her practice at 1MCB Chambers. Prior to joining PLP Ariane was the Deputy Director at the Equal Rights Trust, where she led a number of equality law research projects, including on algorithmic discrimination. She also directed the organisation’s strategic litigation before the European Court of Human Rights with the aim of progressing the Court’s jurisprudence on Article 14.Ariane has supported litigation, policy, and research initiatives in the areas of equality, human rights, privacy and data protection, and access to justice for several organisations.

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 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.

Joe is an Associate Fellow at PLP. Alongside his role as Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the University of York, Joe is a consultant to PLP and shares our interest in producing research that aims to improve the public law system. Prior to becoming an Associate Fellow, Joe was PLP’s Research Director and grew the division into a thriving interdisciplinary team.

Joe’s work focuses on administrative law, with a particular emphasis on policy problems and systemic issues. His research has been influential and widely cited in the courts, the charity sector, government, and Parliament. Joe is also a member of the Academic Panel at Blackstone Chambers.

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.

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.

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.

Maja graduated from Law School in Slovenia and has been working in and for the charity sector for as long as she can remember. Before joining Public Law Project, she worked at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, and volunteered with Minority Rights International, Slovene Philanthropy, Association for Promotion of Volunteering, and other humanitarian organisations committed to advocating for vulnerable groups in society.

At PLP she works closely with other members of the operations and finance team to ensure all aspects of HR, IT, compliance and premises are managed, as well as providing other support needed to deliver charitable activities. She is playing a key role in developing a programme of well-being, training and resources, as well as ensuring PLP’s office and technology is geared to support collaborative working and contributing to developing the support of internal communication and connectivity.

When not at work you’ll generally find her hiking, dancing, visiting gigs, hiding from the world with a good book or planning a cheeky weekend trip out of the country.

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.

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.

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.

Samuel Willis is a Research Fellow focusing on constitutional law and reform. Samuel has a BA and M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, and is a Lord Denning Scholar at Lincoln’s Inn. He won the History of Parliament Trust Prize for his research into the theories and practice of “modernisation” in 1990s Britain. Before joining the PLP, Samuel was Deputy Director of Black Box Research and Consultancy, a legal consultancy specialising in modern slavery and criminal exploitation.

Samuel is passionate about making the constitution and public law work for vulnerable individuals and marginalised communities. His research at the PLP primarily concerns reforms to the Bill of Rights and “Henry VIII powers”, especially in the sphere of retained EU law and Brexit law. He has a particular interest in the intersections between public and private law.

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 an Associate Research Fellow in Public Law and Technology. She is a consultant to PLP on our work to ensure that the use of automated decision-making by public bodies is lawful, fair, and non-discriminatory.

Tatiana also works for the Equal Education Law Centre, South Africa, which aims to ensure the realisation of every learner’s right to an equitable, safe and adequate basic education through legal research and advocacy, strategic litigation and movement lawyering.

Tatiana’s previous experience includes working as a judicial assistant at the Court of Appeal and as a legal assistant at the Law Commission, looking at reform of the criminal law relating to harmful online communications. 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. She recently completed the Bar Practice Course.

Yvonne started out in banking but moved into the charity sector and has many years’ experience working as a charity accountant. She spent some time living in the US where she worked at the Art institute of Chicago, Orchestra of St Luke’s and The Royal Oak Foundation in New York before returning to the UK. She also works part-time for The St Peter’s College Foundation and in her other life is a classically-trained singer.