The Public Law Project is a registered charity. Our trustees are unpaid volunteers who dedicate their time to ensuring we properly discharge our role as a charity, meet our legal obligations and set our strategic direction.

Ruthann is a consultant at the civil society strategy consulting firm Firetail. Her background is in research, evaluation and public engagement, supporting organisations and programmes that seek ambitious social change. She has over 15 years of experience delivering complex qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation programmes for NGOs, foundations, government bodies and universities. Her recent clients include Migration Observatory (at the University of Oxford), the Strategic Legal Fund, Fixers and the Royal Society of Chemistry. In her previous role at SOVA (a national criminal justice charity) she coordinated a European network of NGOs supporting marginalised women.

Ben is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers in London and Chair of PLP’s board. He has a wide-ranging public law practice. He appears for and advises claimants and defendants, including companies, central government, local authorities, public interest groups, individuals and regulators. He was appointed to the Attorney General’s A Panel of counsel in March 2013, and received the Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award in 2015.  Ben has a particular interest in access to justice issues and has acted for individuals in a number of the leading cases obtaining protection against adverse costs orders. He has been a member of PLP’s Board of Trustees since 2008.

Fiona is an Associate Solicitor in the Public Law and Human Rights Department at Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office. She specialises in a variety of public law challenges, with particular emphasis on those relating to health and welfare and in relation to police complaints.  She pursues civil actions against the police and other detaining authorities and represents families at inquests. She also represents vulnerable adults in health and welfare proceedings in the Court of Protection and has a particular interest in representing vulnerable and disabled adults to challenge local authority decisions and in claims arising out of contact with the police.

Savita is currently Business Operations Manager at Help on Your Doorstep. Prior to that she was Deputy Director of AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) for 5 years. She has worked for over 20 years in the voluntary and community sector, mostly in advice and information services. Savita has expertise in operations management, service development and delivery, governance and compliance, human resources, monitoring and income generation. She has a postgraduate diploma in voluntary sector management from CASS Business School, a MA in Race and Ethnic Studies from the University of Warwick and recently became a CAST (Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology) Digital Fellow.

Bryan spent 25 years as a solicitor and now works in a rights based workers’ co-operative which seeks to strengthen the resilience and sustainability of different communities. He was Director of Personal Legal Services at Simpson Millar LLP and his work covered a range of areas including education law, community care, Court of Protection, public law, employment and litigation. His work as a solicitor has covered both legally aided casework and representation and also representation for trade union members. Bryan has studied at Ruskin College on the International Labour and Trade Union studies course with a particular interest in labour rights and human rights in Colombia and the UK. He is a member of the National Committee of Justice for Colombia. Bryan was previously a member of Birmingham City Council and also chaired Birmingham District Citizens Advice Bureau. 

Hollie has a wealth of experience managing finance and operations, with a particular interest in compliance and good governance.  Hollie is now training to be a solicitor and will qualify in early March 2018.  She is currently seconded to Fletcher Day’s employment department from city firm, Rosenblatt, where she advises on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues for a variety of clients including individuals, companies and charities.  Hollie previously worked at PLP as its Practice Manager, where she was instrumental in developing financial and operational processes to support the organisation’s expansion.

Andrew is a partner at Fieldfisher LLP specialising in UK and EU public, regulatory and trade law and has advised a wide range of Governments, companies, trade bodies and NGOs.  Andrew previously spent 13 years as a Government legal and policy adviser, working in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Cabinet Office and the UK Permanent Representation to the EU.  Andrew spent his last two years in Government as the Head of International and EU Law at the Attorney General’s Office and as the first General Counsel to the Prime Minister, working under David Cameron.

Sarah worked for Greenpeace both in the UK and globally for over 20 years, and created their legal strategy, which lead to a number of high level public law challenges in the UK and abroad.  She was the International Campaign Director for Amnesty International, and served as a Board Member for English Nature and Natural England.  Sarah works as a consultant to NGOs and as a coach and mentor to senior level campaign and management staff.

Pavan currently leads the external affairs function at the largest charity provider of care, accommodation and community services for older people across the UK. She is the former Director of Public Affairs and Policy at Humanists UK (formally British Humanist Association) and Vice President of the European Humanist Federation where she led the policy, public affairs and communications teams. Working across policy areas relating to public ethical issues, human rights, education and secularism she led teams working in Westminster, the devolved assemblies, European Parliament, UN Human Rights Council the Council of Europe. Prior to this she was the Head of Policy at ROTA, a race equality think tank and began her career working in race equality and social justice in the United States.

Qalid is a solicitor at Ashurt LLP, specialising in financial services regulation. He advises investment managers, broker-dealers and banks on a range of UK and European financial regulation including on Brexit, MiFID II, AIFMD and the market abuse regime. Qalid is currently on secondment at a major US investment bank, advising on all aspects of the bank’s Brexit planning. He is a member of the Financial Markets Law Committee’s Brexit working group on reverse solicitation. Prior to joining Ashurst LLP, Qalid worked as an editor at LexisNexis UK.