Our Structure

Joss Saunders

Joss Saunders, General Counsel of Oxfam, who helped found Lawyers Against Poverty in 2015

Lawyers Against Poverty is co-chaired by Kirsty Wilson, a Partner at Baker & McKenzie, and Richard Dyton, a Partner at Simmons & Simmons.

Kirsty and Richard are supported by an Advisory Board, consisting of individuals with eminent experience and expertise, which offers strategic advice on the activities of the organisation.

We are governed by a Steering Committee made up of members of Lawyers Against Poverty (with elections held on a regular basis). The current members of the Steering Committee are set out below.

Louise Arnold

After reading history at university, Lou’s legal career began in the City and for many years she was the sole in-house counsel at London’s Borough Market. As one of the first members of the LAP Steering Committee, Lou currently volunteers two mornings a week.

Emily Blower

Emily is an associate at Simmons & Simmons LLP in their dispute resolution group in London, specialising in commercial litigation and corporate crime.

Michael O’Donoghue

Michael is an Associate in the international dispute resolution department of Hogan Lovells. He has been a member of the Steering Committee since the inception of Lawyers Against Poverty.

Pippa Garland

Pippa is an Associate in the Charity and Social Enterprise department of Bates Wells Braithwaite. In this role she works regularly alongside a wide variety of international charities and NGOs, and has a particular interest in legal education and women’s rights. Pippa was elected to the Steering Committee in September 2015.

Rebecca Perlman 

With a background in corporate law, Rebecca manages Herbert Smith Freehills’ pro bono practice for the UK, US and EMEA, developing global initiatives and projects that support access to justice, international development, impact investment and human rights. She advises the firm’s pro bono clients, including NGOs, charities, individuals, social enterprises and governments, on a wide range of legal issues.

Rebecca has worked on secondment with Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties) and with the Government of Sierra Leone as legal adviser to the PPP Unit in the Office of the President. She is a Trustee of the Prisoners’ Advice Service and a co-founder of the UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network. Rebecca joined the Lawyers Against Poverty Steering Committee in September 2015.

Joss Saunders

Joss Saunders is the General Counsel of Oxfam International and of Oxfam GB. He joined Oxfam in 1998. He was one of the founders of Advocates for International Development in 2006 and of the Legal Response Initiative in 2009. He helped found Lawyers Against Poverty in 2015, and led the delegation to Tajikistan that year. He is very involved in several of the thematic groups, and is always delighted to meet members.

Alison Talbot

Alison Talbot is Head of Charities at Penningtons Manches LLP, where she leads a team advising charities, social businesses, universities, schools and individuals on legal and governance issues. She is passionate about developing leadership and talent within the charity sector and supporting others to establish effective and sustainable projects with charitable aims. Alison is a trustee of a number of charities and is also a CEDR accredited mediator specialising in the mediation and resolution of charity disputes.

Claire Mortimer

Claire Mortimer is a lawyer with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and has been especially active with the In-House Thematic Group, working on the website “Just Lawyers”.

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