Committee

Katherine Barnes (co-chair and treasurer) is a barrister specialising in public law at Francis Taylor Building. She has a particular interest in education, community care and social security, as well as planning and environmental law.

Oliver Carter (co-chair) is a solicitor in the public law and human rights team at Irwin Mitchell. Ollie regularly writes for The Justice Gap, Legal Voice and other publications about access to justice and public law.

Siobhan Taylor-Ward (vice-chair) is a senior asylum case officer at Broudie Jackson Canter Solicitors. She is joint co-ordinator of YLAL Liverpool and the Social Mobility sub-group, and sits on the Access to Justice Committee for Liverpool Law Society.

Maia Cohen-Lask is an associate at Corker Binning, representing defendants in criminal proceedings. Maia previously practised as a criminal barrister. Maia co-ordinates the YLAL mentoring scheme.

Heather Thomas is a family solicitor at Amphlett Lissimore. Heather is one of the co-ordinators of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid sub-group.

Emily McFadden is a child abuse solicitor at Bolt Burdon Kemp. Emily is responsible for the regular YLAL news and events updates sent by email to our members.

Emmeli Sundqvist is a civil litigation paralegal at James Murray Solicitors in Liverpool where she specialises in housing law. She is joint co-ordinator of YLAL Liverpool and is currently studying the Legal Practice Course part-time at Liverpool John Moores University. 

Natalie Wilkins is a barrister at Garden Court North Chambers in Manchester where she specialises in immigration, family and housing law. She is the overall co-ordinator of the YLAL groups outside London.

Verity Quaite is an aspiring barrister currently undertaking the BPTC. Verity regularly writes articles for Legal Voice about access to justice. She is one of the co-ordinators of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid sub-group.

Marco Anderson is an LLB Law student at the University of the West of England and one of the co-ordinators of YLAL South West. After completing his studies, Marco hopes to practise family and public law as a barrister.

Lucie Boase is a paralegal at Irwin Mitchell in Bristol, specialising in actions against the police. She is a co-ordinator of YLAL South West and of YLAL Jobs and contributes to The Justice Gap as a commissioning editor and writer.

Sinead Hayes is a solicitor at Irwin Mitchell LLP where she specialises in medical law. She jointly co-ordinates YLAL North in Sheffield and YLAL Campaigns. She is also trustee for Sheffield Mind.

Katy Moulton is a solicitor at Irwin Mitchell LLP. She jointly co-ordinates YLAL North in Manchester and YLAL Campaigns. 
 
Ronagh Craddock is a trainee solicitor with Ben Hoare Bell in Newcastle as part of the Justice First Fellowship scheme. Her training contract focuses on social welfare law including community care, Court of Protection, public law, housing and mental health. Ronagh jointly co-ordinates the Social Mobility subgroup.
 
Ollie Persey is (from October 2017) a Justice First Fellow at the Public Law Project and a tutor at LSE Law. He set up RebLaw UK, a student-run public interest law conference held at the University of Law.
 
Mariah Simms is a trainee solicitor at Norfolk Community Law Service as part of the Justice First Fellowship. Her training contract focuses on social welfare law, in particular welfare benefits, housing, employment and family law.
 
Katie McFadden is a paralegal working primarily in criminal appeals at GT Stewart. She has a particular interest in appeals relating to imprisonment for public protection sentences and sentences imposed upon young people.
 
Siobhan Poll is a trainee solicitor at the Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit as part of the Justice First Fellowship. Her training contract covers compensation, housing, immigration and public law. She is also a volunteer at the Project for Registration of Children as British Citizens. 
 
Gift Nyoni is a public law caseworker at Wilson Solicitors LLP. He is interested in human rights and civil liberties, and specialises in unlawful detention, false imprisonment, and judicial review against public bodies.

Anna Jemmison qualifies as a criminal defence solicitor in September 2017. She will be based at LLM Solicitors in Brixton.

Tara Mulcair is a trainee solicitor at Birnberg Peirce. She specialises in inquests, public law claims and civil actions against the police, prison service and Home Office.