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)

Alasdair is solicitor and practiced for 25 years as a partner with Travers Smith, a corporate law firm based in the City of London, retiring as senior partner in 2010.  He chaired the representative body for the large commercial firms in the City, the City of London Law Society, from 2011 to 2016 and chaired a privately-owned, stockbroking business, Aviate Global LLP, during the same period.  He currently chairs a privacy law and publishing business, Data Guidance, and DRD Partnership, a strategic communications firm.   

He believes that access to justice is one of the fundamental elements of the rule of law, that most lawyers feel the moral imperative to help provide that access and is strongly committed to LawWorks playing its part in supporting and increasing pro bono efforts by solicitors and law students.

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. 

Christina Blacklaws (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.

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.

Joe Egan 

Bolton-based solicitor, Joe Egan was the 173rd president of the Law Society of England and Wales. A past president of the Bolton Law Society and representative for solicitors in Lancashire and Greater Manchester, Joe Egan succeeded Robert Bourns.

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.  

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.

Rob Lay

Rob retired from the asset management industry after 27 years working for some of the leading firms including JPMorgan, Barings and FIdelity ending his career with Europe wide responsibilities and multiple key client relationships. Wanting to give something back and after personal experiences he is passionate about the work LawWorks undertakes and supports the charity as a Treasurer Trustee. He is also involved with another charity, running the finance committee at Tree of Hope. Rob is, amongst other things, a self taught chef and baker, a junior rugby coach, a sport he retired from recently and obsessive winter sportsman.

Caroline Parks

Caroline is currently Corporate Privacy Counsel at Expedia, overseeing data privacy for the EMEA region and leading Expedia’s GDPR programme.  She trained at Eversheds and has previously worked with a number of leading national charities in the UK and chaired the ‘Lawyers in Charities’ data privacy group prior to moving to Expedia. Outside of the law, Caroline volunteers with Winston's Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, the Maytree suicidal respite centre in London, Oxfam’s in-house ‘Lawyer’s Against Poverty’ group and is also a Trustee of LawWorks.

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.

Gemma Watts

Gemma Watts is a communications professional with experience in media relations, public affairs and legal services. For nearly ten years, she worked for a specialist communications consultancy, and acted for range of companies, individuals and third sector organisations. She has particular expertise in crisis and litigation communications, and advised on responding to complex challenges such as corporate governance, regulatory change, and multichannel communications.

Currently Gemma manages PR and content for Strutt & Parker, which is one of the largest property consultancies in the UK and is part of BNP Paribas Real Estate. Early in her professional life, she worked in mental health services and spent two years in a consumer support role at the Legal Complaints Service.