Committee

Rachel Francis (co-chair and treasurer) is a barrister at 1 Pump Court where she specialises in immigration and family law.

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

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.

Gemma Blythe is a caseworker at criminal firm Kent Defence. Gemma co-ordinates the YLAL Kent group and the YLAL Online sub-group.

Verity Quaite is an aspiring barrister currently undertaking the BPTC. Verity regularly writes articles for Legal Voice about access to justice.

Siobhan Taylor-Ward is a paralegal on the Hillsborough Inquest team at Jackson and Canter solicitors in Liverpool. 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. Siobhan is currently in the second year of a part-time LPC at John Moore’s University.

Philip Armitage is an aspiring barrister who completed the BPTC in 2015. He joined YLAL in 2014 because he wanted to do something positive to improve access to justice following cuts to legal aid. Phil 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 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 is also trustee for Sheffield Mind.

Katy Moulton is a trainee solicitor at Irwin Mitchell LLP with a background in Public Law. She jointly co-ordinates YLAL North in Manchester.
 
Katherine Barnes 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.
 
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.