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 is a barrister at Matrix Chambers. He specialises in public law (including education law), equality law and employment law.
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: requests from Law Schools to get involved, requests from City Law School students for more information.
Clarissa is studying the BPTC at City Law School, having recently completed the GDL. Clarissa also holds a Masters in Child Advocacy and Psychology from Harvard University. With a specialist understanding of developmental disorders, she has a particular interest in cases involving SEN and disability discrimination.
Blessing is a BPTC student at City Law School. Prior to this, she worked at JUSTICE as a Legal Intern. She has also volunteered with both Citizen’s Advice and Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit). Blessing hopes to challenge the disproportionate impact of unlawful and unfair exclusions upon children from BAME backgrounds.
Katharine is a BPTC student at City Law School and has been involved in the project since October 2017. She has experience of representing clients at IRP hearings and her cases to date have involved SEN and disability discrimination. She is also interested in Employment Law and currently volunteers with the Free Representation Unit as well as the Daytime Pro Bono Clinic at City. Before beginning her legal education, she worked as a Graduate Assistant Teacher in a girls’ day school.
Polly is studying for the BPTC at City Law School. She has represented clients at IRP level exclusively in London and is particularly interested in cases involving discrimination. She also has an interest in criminal law and taught debate to inmates of London prisons during her GDL year. Polly studied music at undergraduate level and worked as a professional musician before commencing the GDL in 2017.
Antonia is a GDL student at City Law School and joined SEP in October 2018. Prior to this, she worked at the University of Oxford as a researcher and lecturer in Medieval History. Her involvement with SEP is driven by a deeply held belief in the power of education to transform the life chances of all individuals.
Lameesa is a GDL student at City University. She has extensively volunteered with physically and developmentally disabled young children in schools whilst completing her BSc in Psychology, which included modules such as Atypical Development and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also volunteers with NCDV and the No5 Chambers Immigration and Human Rights Project. Lameesa is particularly passionate about cases involving mental health disorders and disability discrimination.
Anna is a GDL student at City Law School. Before this, she was a child protection social worker in London. She hopes to help make the exclusion appeal process transparent and accessible to parents.