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: 8th Floor, 20 Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4AB

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.

I. Stephanie Boyce (President, The Law Society)

I. Stephanie Boyce is the 177th, the sixth female, the first black office holder, the first person of colour and the second in-house solicitor in almost fifty years to become president of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Stephanie was admitted as a solicitor in 2002 and has a wealth of experience in corporate governance, regulatory frameworks and professional regulation.

Stephanie holds a master of laws in public law and global governance from King’s College, University of London and is a fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute.

Stephanie is a Council member of the Law Society of England and Wales representing the Women Lawyers Division, former chair of the Strategic Litigation Group and a member of the Board of the Law Society, a solicitor member of the Joint Tribunal Service and holds a number of statutory appointments with her local authority.

Stephanie has recently been appointed to the HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) commissioned independent taskforce to boost socio-economic diversity at senior levels in UK financial and professional services.

In 2020 Stephanie was voted on to the Governance Hot 100 – Board Influencer and made the Power List 100 Most Influential Black People in the UK in 2021.

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.  

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.

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.

Emma Rehal-Wilde

Emma is a Law Lecturer at London South Bank University. Previously she was the Pro Bono Manager for Debevoise & Plimpton in London.

Jamie Goldsmith QC

Jamie is a barrister at One Essex Court. In 2015, he founded Pro Bono Connect, which establishes and operates a network of barristers and solicitors willing to collaborate on pro bono cases in the same way as for paid litigation. The scheme, which was brought under Law Works’ governance in 2020, now has almost 100 participating firms and chambers

Paul Tennant OBE

Paul is Chief Executive of the Law Society of England and Wales.