Governance

LawWorks is the registered operating name of the Solicitors Pro Bono Group 

Registered Charity No. 1064274

Company Registered by Guarantee No. 3410932

Registered Office: 5th Floor, 6 St Andrew Street, London, EC4A 3AE

 

We are committed to being fully accountable and transparent to all our stakeholders.

Our work is guided by our trustees who are responsible for the charity, its assets and activities.

 

OUR TRUSTEES

Alasdair Douglas (Chair of the Board of Trustees)

Baron Bach of Lutterworth

Willy Bach served as a member of Her Majesty's Government from 1999 to 2010 (he was the Minister for Legal Aid between 2008 and 2010).  He was the Shadow Minister of Justice from May 2010 to May 2012 where he led the opposition to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) in the House of Lords and, in December 2014, became Shadow Attorney General.

Willy practised as a barrister on the Midland and Oxford Circuit between 1972 and 1999, specialising in criminal law. 

Caroline Parks

Caroline trained at Eversheds LLP and is an experienced commercial and charity lawyer having worked with a number of leading national charities in the UK.  She is responsible for fundraising law and data privacy at the British Heart Foundation where her work is central to the BHF’s position on the use of patient data for research and supporter information in marketing.

Caroline is currently heading up a charity sector-wide review of best practice in the areas of data protection, security and compliance. Outside of the law, Caroline volunteers with Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK and is a keen skier and sailor.

Christina Blacklaws (Deputy vice president, The Law Society)

Christina studied Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 1991. A family lawyer by background, she has successfully run and managed both high-street and virtual law firms, including one of the largest specialist family firms in the country. She is currently director of client services at the top 100 firm Cripps LLP. She is responsible for all change-management projects and has been part of the team that has driven year-on-year growth for the firm. On 1 May she becomes Cripps' chief operating officer.

Christina has an extensive record of high-profile representative roles, which currently includes a public appointment as an executive member of the Family Justice Council. She is a long-standing member of the Law Society's Council, the author of numerous articles in the national and legal press, as well as a well-known speaker and lecturer, and frequent media commentator.

Nicolas Patrick

Nicolas Patrick is a full-time pro bono partner and Head of Pro Bono and Corporate Responsibility (CR) for DLA Piper in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Nicolas sets the strategic direction of the firm's pro bono programme and leads the firm's thinking on Corporate Responsibility in these regions.

Nicolas’ pro bono legal practice is focused mainly in the area of human rights law. His expertise includes strategic/test case litigation and UN treaty body engagement. Nicolas is a trusted advisor to leading global non-profit organisations, aid agencies, charities, NGOs and governments. Nicolas also advises businesses in relation to their responsibilities with respect to human rights.Nicolas serves on the board of New Perimeter – DLA Piper’s non-profit affiliate, established in 2005 – to enable the firm to deliver large scale, high-impact pro bono projects in developing and post-conflict countries.

Sejal Karavadra

Sejal Karavadra is a Director and the Head of the Immigration Department at DBS Law Ltd.  As a qualified Solicitor Advocate, Sejal has a number of years’ experience in the immigration field and has represented a large number of individuals and organisations.  Sejal started her career at the Home Office in the Immigration Directorate and is able to draw upon this experience and expertise to provide advice on all aspects of immigration law. 

Working closely with the DBS Heart project, Sejal has set up free legal advice clinics around the UK advising on immigration issues, in partnership with the local Citizens Advice Bureaus and the local community.  Sejal also sits on committees of the charitable organisations including UK Asian Women’s Centre and IHWO.

Stephen Brown

Stephen is a barrister at Hardwicke, a leading commercial barristers’ chambers. Prior to joining the Bar, he was a partner at the international law firm, Jones Day, and had been in private practice in the City for over 24 years. His experience covers both litigation and international arbitration, extending to all types of contractual dispute, including joint ventures and warranty claims, across sectors including asset management, automotive, aviation, chemicals, hospitality, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, technology and telecoms.   He covers legal issues around contracts, competition, fraud, pensions, private and public international law and tort. He is also a CEDR accredited mediator and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson is Chief Executive of AdviceUK, the umbrella body for independent voluntary organisations that provide free advice. Many of AdviceUK’s 900+ member organisations provide a base or gateway for pro bono legal help. He has over thirty years’ experience of voluntary and community sector management and governance at local and national levels.

Steve is currently also a trustee of the Advice Services Alliance, the School for Social Entrepreneurs and the Access to Justice Foundation and he is a member of the Attorney General’s Pro Bono Committee.  

Tom Dunn

Tom Dunn is the pro bono director at Clifford Chance. Before taking up that role in 2008 he worked as a legal aid solicitor both in private practice and the voluntary sector, acting for tenants in disputes with their landlords and advising homeless people on the statutory duties owed to them by local authorities.

He also worked at the College of Law where he ran a public legal education project on Clapham Park Estate in south London for 3 years, supervising law students in the devising of workshops about the law for local residents.

Tom is on the board of Why Me, a restorative justice charity, and sits on the Management Committee of University House Legal Advice Centre in Bethnal Green.