Meet the Team

Tom Ogg

Barrister Director

Tom is a barrister at 11KBW.

He is responsible for the general oversight of the project, and for developing the project’s relationship with 11KBW and its members, some of whom act as Barrister Mentors.

Ask Me About: Anything that can’t be dealt with by someone else!

Mathew Purchase

Barrister Director

Mathew is a barrister at Matrix Chambers.

He is responsible for the general oversight of the project, and for developing the project’s relationship with Matrix and its members, some of whom act as Barrister Mentors.

Ask Me About: Anything that can’t be dealt with by someone else!

Prof. Dan Wilsher

Academic Director

Dan is a Professor in Law at City Law School, and a part-time Immigration Judge.

He is responsible for maintaining our project’s Partnership with City Law School, and developing relationships with Law Schools further afield.

Ask Me About: equests from Law Schools to get involved, requests from City Law School students for more information.

Olivia Chessell

Senior Student Director

Olivia has worked as a teacher and youth worker in London for over 10 years and has a degree from the UCL Institute of Education. She is now studying at City Law School with a view to becoming a criminal barrister. She aims to build on her experience working with young people in Pupil Referral Units and Special Educational Needs provisions towards advocating for young and vulnerable defendants in the criminal justice system. Olivia has successfully represented families at both GDC and IRP stage and has secured student reinstatement for her clients. Her achievements have highlighted the importance of fostering inclusivity and empowerment in advocacy work at every level.

Alicia Lawson

Senior Student Director

Alicia is a part-time BVS student at City Law School and an aspiring barrister. Prior to studying law, Alicia spent eight years running a social enterprise in London. This involved working closely with vulnerable adults, including those with disabilities. She is passionate about providing the support needed for parents and pupils to participate effectively in the exclusion process. In addition to the School Exclusion Project, her legal experience includes helping prepare fresh claims for asylum seekers at a Refugee Clinic, and helping lawyers rewire commercial contracts to be 'climate cognizant' at an environmental legal project. She is now in her second year volunteering for the project.

Fenn Van den Brande

Senior Student Director

Fenn is currently a full-time BVS student at the City Law School and is aiming to become a public law barrister. Before working with the Project, he completed a Master’s degree in Public Policy where he furthered his knowledge of administrative processes. He also brings experience of supporting vulnerable people in immigration detention. Fenn is passionate about providing assistance to those in need and ensuring fair access to justice. He has been involved with the Project since October 2020. He has successfully represented parents in overturning permanent exclusions at both GDC and IRP stages.

Samuel Moss

Senior Student Director

Samuel is an aspiring public law barrister and is currently a BVS student at City Law School. Prior to joining the Project, he worked as a French and English teacher in a Birmingham school with high levels of Special Educational Needs and English as an Additional Language. Samuel is also a casework volunteer at Advocate, where he handles mainly family and employment law cases. Samuel joined the School Exclusion Project in October 2020, driven by a desire to put fairness, inclusion and empowerment at the center of his work. He has represented clients at all stages of the exclusions process.

Sofia Brough-Aparicio

Student Director

Sofia is currently studying the GDL at City Law School, with aspirations of becoming a family barrister. Prior to this, Sofia worked in various client-service roles, including as a charity fundraiser and domiciliary carer. Her further experiences as a researcher for a UK domestic task force, and as a teaching assistant to children with SEN, have motivated her to explore solutions to the challenges faced by vulnerable families. Sofia joined the School Exclusion Project to actively engage in increasing accessibility to representation. She has been with us since October 2021 and has represented at both GDC and IRP stage.

Larissa Tang

Student Director

Larissa joined the Project as a GDL student at City University in October 2021. She completed her undergraduate studies in English Literature in 2021. She has previously worked as a part- time English tutor to students aged between 12 and 16. Larissa joined the Project to give children opportunities to succeed. To her, that involves working closely together with parents and schools. It means placing the best interests of the child at heart. Alongside her studies, Larissa volunteers at a local legal advice centre.

Adithi Shenava

Student Director

Adithi is currently studying the GDL at City Law School. She is pursuing a career in immigration and crime-related public law at the Bar. She completed her undergraduate studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) in 2020. Alongside this Project, Adithi works as a casework volunteer at Southall Black Sisters and at the Refugee Law Clinic, advocating for the rights of domestic abuse survivors and refugees. She has been with us since October 2021 and is passionate about using the law to advance social change.

Olivia Horn

Student Director

Olivia is currently studying the GDL at City Law School with aspirations of practising as a barrister. She completed her undergraduate studies in International Relations at the London School of Economics in 2018 before working for a global strategic advisory firm for over three years. Additionally, as a qualified mediator, she has experience shadowing SEND mediations concerning refusals to assess for EHC plans. Olivia is passionate about inclusive education and has volunteered in various widening participation schemes across London. She has been part of the project since October 2021 and has represented at both GDC and IRP stage.