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MEET THE TEAM

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Roxy Lackschewitz-Martin

Policy Manager

Hanah Marzook

Events Coordinator

Sophie Stevens

research COORDINATOR

Thomas Hood

Recruitment COORDINATOR

Danielle

Danielle Gleicher-Bates

membership & GDPR officer

Jack

Jack Boswell

CONSTITUTIONAl officer

Fraser

Fraser Simpson

TREASURER

Emma

Emma Llanwarne

PROJECT EXECUTIVE MEMBER

Bisma Hussain

Marketing Coordinator

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Ruth Lovett

PROJECT EXECUTIVE MEMBER

Patrick Steel

Project executive member

Advisors to the Executive

Chloe Branton

Carolina Pérez Feuerstein

Andrew Rhodes

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 blind 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 work as a court advocate, legal document reviewer and paralegal.

Career summary: Before pursuing a career in law, I read International Relations and Translation and Interpreting at Universidad Pontificia Comillas. I graduated from the GDL with a distinction at the 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 LLM that I represented asylum seekers in their removal proceedings in the Immigration Court at BCLS Immigration Clinic. Afterwards, I undertook the BPTC at BPP University, and was awarded the Nicolas Bratza Scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn to complete a traineeship at the ECtHR in Strasbourg.

Why I joined Neurodiversity in Law: As an ally, I joined the efforts to found Neurodiversity in Law and advocate to make the legal professions more inclusive and diverse. I believe neurodivergent aspiring lawyers face two main challenges: first, their conditions tend to be invisible or hidden, which makes it more difficult for those surrounding them to identify the difficulties they face and understand the reasonable adjustments they need; and second, the stigma attached to neurodivergent conditions places them behind in the race for pupillage applications and training contracts. It is only by challenging negative attitudes and raising awareness that the legal profession will benefit from the range of skills that a neurodiverse working force has to offer.

Status: Trainee in litigation at Mourant.

Career summary:  After my first degree from Durham University in 2012 I spent over five years working in politics. I completed my GDL in 2018 and BPTC in 2021. I was awarded a Cassel Scholarship and Accommodation Award by Lincoln’s inn in 2019, and the EFTA Court Scholarship in 2020.

Why I joined Neurodiversity in Law: I was diagnosed with two neurodivergent conditions during my GDL in 2017, when I was 27. Simply knowing how my brain works has been life-changing for me, both personally and academically. I joined Neurodiversity in Law to raise awareness about gender differences in the manifestation of neurodivergent conditions; to encourage an open discourse about neurodiversity in law to eliminate stigma; and to advocate for a change in legal recruitment practices to benefit other aspiring barristers and solicitors.

Status: I am currently studying for the LPC MSc in Law, Business and Management. 

Career summary:  I have volunteered and worked to promote human rights, reported on global renewable energy projects, and have assisted clients in managing their businesses.

Why I joined Neurodiversity in Law:  I want to help eliminate the stigma associated with neurodiverse conditions and highlight the many strengths neurodivergent people have. I joined Neurodiversity in Law because I want to help neurodivergent aspiring lawyers identify their strengths and highlight to legal employers the many benefits of having neurodivergent employees, including how allyship creates truly inclusive workplace cultures. 

Status: Current BPC student and Future Pupil Programme Coordinator 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 an LLM in Law and Legal Practice at BPP University in London. I am also the Tatjana Finkelstein Scholar at Gray’s Inn. My interests lie in commercial law and intellectual property, particularly relating to the creative industries.

Career Summary: I completed my undergraduate studies in 2020, graduating with a BA Music from Trinity College, Cambridge. In 2021, I completed further studies graduating with a MSc in the Management of Intellectual Property and a PGCert in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London where I was also the recipient of a Herchel Smith Scholarship. Alongside my current studies, I am a Volunteer Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London under the supervision of Dr Guan Tang. Also, I am the Copyright Consultant for the Cambridge Journal of Law, Politics and Art. In terms of practical experience, I am a student adviser in the enterprise team at the Pro Bono Legal Advice Clinic at BPP. Finally, I have continued work as an academic writer, with my work being published in the Cambridge Journal of Law, Politics and Art, the St Andrews Law Review, and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice by Oxford University Press.

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. Neurodivergent people 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 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, and am still on the hunt for pupillage.

Career summary: I became interested in law after becoming a defendant in an Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claim. I signed up for the LLB with the Open University soon after, graduating with First Class Honours in 2020. 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 four 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. During exams I was also diagnosed with ADHD. I co-founded Neurodiversity in Law because I feel that the legal profession has a long way to go in terms of understanding, supporting and encouraging neurodiversity. I am particularly interested in the provision of reasonable adjustments and in making recruitment processes inclusive and accessible.

Status: Currently, I work as a legal researcher at Gherson Solicitors. In October 2022, I will be joining Matrix Chambers as a trainee barrister, where I intend to build a practice in immigration and extradition.

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, my diagnosis explains why I found aspects of my early education quite challenging. However, dyslexia has also given me skills that have enabled me to succeed on my journey to the Bar, such as creativity, empathy and reasoning.

Status: I am currently a paralegal at Powell Gilbert LLP, a specialist Intellectual Property firm, working on patent litigation matters.  

Career summary: After completing the LLM in Legal Practice at the University of Westminster, I moved to Strasbourg to work as a legal research assistant to Mr Giancarlo Frosio at the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies. I conducted research in the area of copyright and contributed to a number of publications. In the 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.

Status: I am a Criminal Defence Paralegal, a current 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 Law.

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, where I gained a 2.1 degree and two Certificates of Excellence for my dissertation and Civil and Criminal Procedure modules.

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 in 2017. After I was diagnosed, I quickly realised that neurodivergent people do not disclose their conditions and it’s 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 ND in Law. I feel honoured to be part of a society that is highlighting, advocating change, championing and educating the legal profession about neurological conditions.