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Meet The Team

Chair & Vice Chair

Outreach & Development

Emma Llanwarne

Head of Outreach
& Development

Susana Ferrín Pérez

Events Coordinator

Roxy Lackschewitz-Martin

Policy Manager

Media & Marketing

Sophie Stevens

Head of media
& Marketing

Hanah Marzook

media & Marketing
manager

Zain Choudry

Content Coordinator

Membership & GDPR

Danielle

Danielle Gleicher-Bates

Head of membership
& GDPR

Jack

Jack Boswell

MEMBERSHIP & GDPR
officer

Treasurer

Fraser Simpson

Treasurer

Advisors to the Executive

Chloe Branton

Carolina Perez Feuerstien

Andrew Rhodes

Status: I am a Herchel Smith Scholar at Queen Mary University of London where I am studying for a MSc in the Management of Intellectual Property Law. My interests lie in commercial law and intellectual property, particularly relating to artistic industries.

Career summary:  In July 2020, I graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with a BA in music. Whilst at Cambridge, I was a Choral Scholar at Trinity, and was awarded the Hooper Declamation Prize and a grant from the Alan Gray Fund. Alongside my postgraduate studies, I am a Senior Editor for the Cambridge Journal of Issues in Law, Politics and Art and a writer for the St Andrews Law Review. I predominantly write articles concerning the law of copyright, trade marks, and entertainment law, particularly developing the view point of the ‘public’ as an approach to protect the rights of creatives.

Why I joined Neurodiversity in Law: Following my diagnosis of Dysgraphia in December 2019, I decided to dedicate my time to learning more about neurodivergent conditions. In founding Neurodiversity in Law, I crucially want to raise awareness of the positive contribution and unique perspectives neurodivergent people can bring to the legal professions and academic research. Neurodivergents overcome challenges every single day. This determined mindset to find solutions is a real asset that Neurodiversity in Law is here to champion.

Status: I am a barrister at No5 Barristers’ Chambers specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence law.

Career summary: I studied economics and politics at the University of Bath and worked at the Bank of England in 2011/12. Once I had decided to pursue a career at the Bar I undertook both the GDL and the BPTC part-time while working full-time, initially as an economics tutor and then as the Senior Policy Officer for Equality and Diversity at the Bar Standards Board. I was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in July 2018, and began my pupillage at Farrar’s Building in October 2018. I have an unwavering commitment to my role as an ally across all aspects of the equality and diversity agenda, and in July 2020 I joined the Bar Standards Board’s Race Equality Taskforce. 

Why I joined Neurodiversity in Law: I am all too aware of the stigma that is often associated with neurodiversity. I was once told, by a senior figure who claimed to be advancing equality and diversity at the Bar, that ‘a dyslexic person wanting to be a barrister is like a bling person wanting to be a bus driver’. The ignorance underlying this bigotry is pervasive, and is something that needs to be addressed. I helped start ND in Law because it is an organisation that can tackle this issue across the legal professions. 

Status: I am a Bar Vocational Studies with LLM student at City, University of London and a Rosina Hare Scholar at The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. My interests lie in crime and clinical negligence. 

Career summary: I worked as a qualified midwife before deciding to change career paths to law. At secondary school, I was told that I was not academic enough for law and was firmly persuaded against pursuing this as a future career. I decided to switch career paths and study the law whilst on maternity leave in Cyprus, awaiting the birth of my first child. I was inspired after reading ‘Learning the Law’ by Glanville Williams. I undertook an LLB with the the University of London – Distance programme which was completed in October 2020.

Why I joined Neurodiversity in Law: I joined Neurodiversity in Law because I want to highlight neurological conditions within the legal profession and reduce the stigma surrounding them. I was late in being diagnosed with two neurological conditions namely, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Dyslexia whilst in the second year of my law degree. After I was diagnosed, I  quickly realised that neurodivergent people do not disclose their conditions and its not something which is openly discussed in the legal field for fear of stigma or of being rejected. As I browsed Twitter, a post instantly grabbed my attention, asking about the legal profession and neurological conditions. The author of that post was Thomas Hood. I decided to reach out to him and became involved in starting Neurodiversity in Law. I feel honoured to be part of an organisation that is highlighting, advocating change, championing and educating the legal profession about neurological conditions.

Status: I am a Nicholas Bratza scholar, as awarded by Lincoln’s Inn in 2020, and trainee at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (France).

Career summary: Upon completion of a B.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in Translation and Interpreting at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid, Spain), I decided to pursue a career in law. I graduated from the Graduate Diploma in Law with a distinction at University of Westminster. Subsequently, I completed a Masters in Law with a concentration in Human Rights at Boston College Law School. I was awarded a Dean’s scholarship based on academic excellence and a Law Fellowship at the Clough Centre for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. It was during my time at Boston College Law School that I had the opportunity to practise immigration law under the supervision of an attorney at the Immigration Clinic, representing asylum seekers in their removal proceedings in the Immigration Court. Afterwards, I returned to the UK to become an advocate to right individual’s wrongs, and undertook the Bar Professional Training Course (BPCT) at BPP University.

Why I joined Neurodiversity in Law: Pursuing a B.A. in Translation and Interpreting and my passion for languages has led me to teach Spanish, English and French to children and adults as a part time job or on a voluntary basis. Since I am not neurodivergent myself, it is during my time teaching that I became aware of the barriers, stigma and discouragement that two of my students, neurodivergent, faced both at school and in their professional careers. Drawing from my experiences, I decided to join Neurodiversity in Law to become an ally and advocate for the legal profession to become aware, inclusive, and embrace neurodiversity.

Status: Commercial Litigation Paralegal. 

Career summary: After my first degree from Durham University in 2012, I spent over five years working in politics, converting to law in 2018. I was awarded both the Cassel Scholarship and Accommodation Award by Lincoln’s Inn to complete the BPTC in 2019. I have just spent three months abroad in Luxembourg after being awarded the EFTA Court Scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn in 2020.

Why I joined Neurodiversity in Law: I was diagnosed with two neurodivergent conditions during my GDL, when I was 27. Simply knowing how my brain works has been life-changing, both personally and academically. I joined Neurodiversity in Law to eliminate stigma; to campaign for changes in legal recruitment practices, and to advocate for others in my position.

Status: Current BPC student at The University of Law and future pupil barrister at 9 Bedford Row. 

Career summary:  Prior to pursuing a career at the Bar, I studied Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. I then changed pathways and completed a History degree at The University of Southampton. During study, I volunteered at Citizens Advice and worked part-time. I completed my postgraduate MA in Law in 2020, where I wrote a thesis on the failures of the disclosure process in RASSO cases. 

Why I joined Neurodiversity in Law: I was diagnosed with Dyslexia during my GCSE studies. Because of this, I was initially deterred at further academic study, I joined the organisation to ensure that other neurodivergent individuals see that they can be successful in academic careers despite having neurodivergent conditions. People should never feel that they can’t do something just because they are different. I believe there should be a platform to advocate on behalf of those with neurodivergent conditions and a support network for those working within the legal profession. Neurodiversity in Law will act to fill this present gap. 

Status: I am currently studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law at The University of Law. 

Career summary: I completed my degree in politics at Royal Holloway, University of London and a LLM in International Human Rights Law at the University of Leicester. Throughout my studies I have volunteered and worked for NGOs and businesses on work ranging from promoting human rights, reporting on global renewable energy projects, and pursuing international business opportunities. My interests lie in intersectionality, international law and business and human rights. 

Why I joined Neurodiversity in Law: I think it is important to create and provide platforms to support people who are entering and currently in legal professions. This is incredibly important to eliminate barriers and stigmas that may prevent people with any neurodivergence entering the legal world. I hope the work our organisation does will reduce any fears and worries aspiring lawyers may have in entering legal professions as well as show employers that neurodivergent employees offer unique and valuable ways of thinking. 

Status: I am currently employed as a Legal Assistant to a Barrister. 

Career summary: I am a Bar Graduate called to the Bar in 2019 by the Honourable Society of Middle Temple. When I am not undertaking a law related task, I am pursuing my interests in fashion and watching or playing sport. I am an aspiring common law barrister but with a keen interest in IP law. I took the conventional journey into law. I completed an LLB Honours Law degree which in hindsight I could have done a little differently. I would have preferred to have completed another degree and subsequently undertaken the Graduate Diploma in Law. However, it has worked out just fine! It was after my law degree that I took a few years out to start a business and gain more legal experience before undertaking the BPTC at the University of Law. 

Why I joined Neurodiversity in Law: I joined Neurodiversity in Law because I am dyslexic. I only became aware of it during my BPTC year. After finding out about my dyslexia, I wondered how it would impact my applications for pupillage, which played on my mind a lot. I was so relieved to know that there were others in the same position as myself so when I heard about the setting up of Neurodiversity in Law I wanted to be part of the society and did not hesitate to join.

Status: I am currently studying for the Bar Vocational Studies LLM at City, University of London thanks to an Exhibition Award from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and a scholarship from City Law School. I am interested primarily in chancery law as well as commercial law, and am still on the hunt for pupillage.

Career summary: I became interested in law (in particular chancery) after becoming a defendant in an Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claim, which is where my interest in chancery law stems from. I signed up for the LLB with the Open University soon after, graduating with First Class Honours in 2020. I continue to volunteer in the Open University Open Justice Law Clinic. Outside of my legal studies I am a director of a company in the property sector based in Worcestershire.

Why I joined Neurodiversity in Law: I was diagnosed with three neurodivergent conditions in my late twenties. In the final year of the LLB I was diagnosed with a visual processing disorder. I was later diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia at the start of the Bar Course. Throughout school I masked my symptoms and hid behind being talkative, but as reading lists became longer and print became smaller, I began to struggle increasingly. I joined Neurodiversity in Law because I feel that the legal profession has a long way to go in terms of supporting and encouraging neurodiversity. Additionally, it is important to me that aspiring lawyers see people like themselves already in the profession. I have been interested in neurodiversity since undertaking work experience at a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities school as a teenager.

Status: Future Trainee Barrister at Matrix Chambers. 

Career summary: Before pursuing the Bar, I read Politics with Economics at the University of Bath. I spent a placement year working as an Assassinations Investigator at Reprieve, which sparked my interest in Human Rights Law. 

Why I joined Neurodiversity in Law: I was diagnosed with Dyslexia at the age of 23. In hindsight, this explained why I found aspects of early education challenging. But dyslexia has also given me skills and attributes which have enabled me to succeed on my journey at the Bar, such as creativity, empathy and reasoning. I therefore have first hand experience of what the legal sector can gain from neurodiversity.

Status: I have just completed the LLM in Legal Practice at the University of Westminster with a Commendation, and am working as a legal research assistant to Mr Giancarlo Frosio at the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies in Strasbourg.

Career summary: After completing my BA (Hons) in Film Production, I chose to change career paths to law. I undertook the GDL and the LLM in Legal Practice at the University of Westminster. In addition to my university studies, I was a visiting legal scholar at Boston College Law School, completing a project exploring third-party litigation funding in investor state dispute settlements. In the near future, I seek to practice as a solicitor in the area of intellectual property law.

Why I joined Neurodiversity in Law: I joined Neurodiversity in Law due to my diagnosis of severe dyslexia during my undergraduate studies. Although this was before I decided to study law, I was told that I should not pursue further studies after completing my bachelor’s degree. This approach to dyslexia, and other neurodivergent conditions, highlights the need for change in society and I believe that Neurodiversity in Law is a perfect platform to change these misconceptions within the legal profession.