Lawyers Against Poverty

Our Community

We welcome all members of the legal community at all stages of their legal career. Whether in private practice, the public sector, in-house, non-profit, or still studying, we celebrate the diverse voices committed to strengthening the legal response in the fight against poverty. Meet some of our members and find out why they got involved with Lawyers Against Poverty.

  • Antonia Benfield

    Antonia Benfield

    Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers – specialist in immigration, human rights and public law
    ‘I don’t think there’s another organisation that harnesses the energy in the legal profession for a common cause’

  • Caroline Ndindi

    Caroline Ndindi

    Legal Counsel – Africa, Oxfam International
    ‘LAP is about more than offering pro bono services. It’s taking an active position to fight poverty’

  • Louis Gitinywa

    Louis Gitinywa

    Senior partner at Kigali Attorneys Chamber, Rwanda
    ‘Lawyers should be an equaliser; always being on the side of the poor not the powerful’

  • Naomi Passman

    Naomi Passman

    Head of European Programmes and Local Growth at Department for Communities and Local Government
    ‘The analytical skills you get from being a lawyer are valuable to charities’

  • Naomi Sander

    Naomi Sander

    Associate at Gowling WLG, Banking & Finance Team, and JLAP Lead
    ‘Students lack opportunities to get involved in the more developmental, access-to-justice sides of law’

  • Sahana Karthik

    Sahana Karthik

    UCL law graduate, summer 2021
    President of UCL’s JLAP Society from August 2020

    ‘It has a very real impact when you speak to people who don’t have access to the legal system because of money. I wanted to study how we could fix that’

  • Stephanie Pasquill

    Stephanie Pasquill

    Senior Legal Counsel at Vodafone
    ‘Who would have thought that drawing cartoons could support social justice?’

  • Tess Baker

    Tess Baker

    GDL graduate, The University of Law
    LAP student editorial team member since January 2021

    ‘With the power of your legal knowledge, you need to do something to uplift others’

Members’ Experience

Twinning Experience

Twinning Experience

The story behind the launch of the programme and the first twinning link.

Student Experience

Hear from the Nottingham JLAP group.