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.

Imogen Lenton

Senior Student Director

Imogen is an aspiring family barrister and is currently a BVS student at City Law School. Prior to joining the Project, she worked for a number of charitable organisations focusing on vulnerable children, domestic violence, homelessness and refugees. In addition to this, she worked at a specialist Social, Emotional and Mental Health School. Through SEP she hopes to make the exclusion appeals process more transparent and accessible to parents. She has been with the School Exclusion Project since October 2019.

Joe Landman

Senior Student Director

Joe is studying at City Law School, and aspires to become a barrister. He has worked at a variety of social services organisations, including a domestic violence clinic in London, as well as the Immigration and Refugee Service in New Haven, Connecticut and a charity working to promote LGBT+ inclusive school environments across the UK. He has been with the School Exclusion Project since October 2019 and has represented clients in GDC and IRP hearings.

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.

Fatjona Peposhi

Senior Student Director

Fatjona joined the School Exclusion Project as a GDL student at City Law School. Prior to this, she worked as a SEN consultant in recruitment, supporting schools and provisions in South London. She has experience working with pupils diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, PMLD, and ESL. Her legal background includes immigration, social security, and employment law. Her commitment to the Project is driven by a desire to make education, including challenging unlawful permanent exclusions, more accessible for children with protected characteristics.

Zainab Saleem

Student Director

Zainab has joined the project as a GDL student at City Law School. Prior to studying law, she worked in production at the BBC, working on a film team which produced topical VTs and charity appeals across the UK. She is passionate about the work of the project as a means of advocating on the behalf of clients facing a distressing verdict and sharing our developing legal knowledge and skills. Zainab is especially motivated by the desire to combat the disproportionate effect of permanent exclusions on those from protected characteristics backgrounds.

Gabriel Frankel

Student Director

Gabriel is a Graduate Diploma in Law student at City. He is pursuing a career in crime-related public law and immigration at the Bar. His legal experience includes investigating unlawful fourth amendment violations at the Public Defender Service for DC and researching young adult jurisdictional and sentencing reform at Northwestern Law School in Chicago. Currently, he assists vulnerable clients at the employment law clinic and a migrants rights charity in London. Gabriel joined the School Exclusion Project in October 2020.

Alicia Lawson

Student Director

Prior to studying law at City Law School, 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.

Timothy Hutchinson

Student Director

Timothy is pursuing a new career as a barrister, following a decade in education and theatre. He has worked in many schools as a Drama Teacher, English Tutor and Higher Level Teaching Assistant. This includes a hospital school for children with mental health challenges, alongside various SEN provisions and pupil referral units. He has also worked as a theatre-maker with young disabled people, providing practical and creative support to children and their families. These experiences have placed inclusion firmly at the heart of his work. He joined the School Exclusion Project in October 2020, having recently commenced the academic stage of his legal training at the City Law School.