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Associates

We are delighted to introduce Law for Life associates. Our team have a wealth of experience in the field of public legal education; they are expert popular educators, writers and trainers who have worked in the design, delivery and evaluation of public legal education programmes in all sorts of settings.

Clare Shirtcliff

Clare Shirtcliff trained and worked as a solicitor specialising in family law with a background in Law Centres and CLS consultancy, she also has extensive experience in law-related education in the adult learning sector. Claire has devised and taught PLE courses linked to family and social welfare law such as ‘Dealing with Debt ‘and Women and the Law as a tutor for South Wales Workers Education Association. Clare also worked in Adult and Community Education teaching English as a Second Language and incorporated law-related education for migrants and new arrivals.

Clare has managed public legal education projects including ‘Progress toward Equality: reaching out to Communities’ managing and supporting local and national providers to deliver PLE on discrimination issues. She has a developed and assessed monitoring mechanisms and helped design PLE evaluations in a number of contexts. Clare has written and produced a range of publications including ‘Going to Court’ guides for self-represented litigants in association with the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau.

Tony Thorpe

Tony Thorpe

Tony has worked in public legal education for thirty years, initially as member of the Law Society’s Law in Education Project, designed to develop the nature and extent of law-related education in schools. Tony was one of the founding members of the Citizenship Foundation, and the members of staff there who focussed on the development of law-related education.

Tony has written 20 textbooks and guides to the law. His publications include ‘A Guide to the law for refugees and asylum seekers’ and the ‘Young citizens passport’ (amongst others) and he has written and developed teaching materials in the UK, Russia and Georgia. Tony has extensive skills in developing and implementing law-related programmes in both formal and informal teaching settings. He has designed programmes for a wide range of audiences through work with BBC and broadcasters, human rights organisations, schools and universities and many others.

David Thomas

DDavid is a solicitor who practised in the legal aid sector for about 30 years, until September 2013. During that time he gained experience in many areas of legal practice, latterly specialising in housing law and related public law and human rights. In 2011 he was selected as Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (Social Welfare category). He is now studying for a PhD in law at the School of Law, Birkbeck College, and teaching law to undergraduates there; he has a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education.

He has been working with Law for Life helping to design and deliver training since 2016.

Davina Adamson

DA - biog photoHas extensive experience of advice and information provision within the voluntary sector for over 20 years. As Senior Adviser at Help the Aged she was responsible for providing public legal information and advice, as well as delivering training and mentoring to staff and volunteers. As Advice and Casework Manager for a charity called Ownership Options, which specialised in providing technical welfare benefits and housing advice, she was responsible for delivering training and legal guidance to local authority and housing association staff, as well as commissioning, editing and writing information guides for the public.

She currently works as a freelance writer, copyeditor and researcher into public policy and law around welfare benefits, welfare reform, social care and housing. As a freelancer, she has written, edited and evaluated public guides and factsheets for several organisations, including Age Scotland, Age UK and Independent Age. She has also written research reports and briefings for NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and HSEU (Housing Support Enabling Unit).

Davina’s skills are in copyediting and writing public information clearly and plainly for diverse audiences. She has considerable experience in information design and, more recently, has undertaken training in knowledge and information management.

Anta Brachou

Anta Brachou has just recently joined the Centre for Studies of Modern Slavery at St Mary’s University. Prior to joining the Centre, she worked for Hibiscus Initiatives, where she managed the Women Centre until June 2019. She has provided advocacy and support to vulnerable women affected by the criminal justice system and victims of trafficking. While at Hibiscus she established and maintained monitoring and evaluation frameworks that worked for the ‘one-stop-shop’ model and worked closely with various funders, including Big Lottery and Esmee Fairbairn to meet reporting objectives and project outcomes. She is also accredited at OISC Level 2 to assist service users with immigration and asylum advice, and led the organisation through the OISC auditing process.

Currently, she is doing PhD research at University of Hull, the Wilberforce Institute on human trafficking from Albania, to contribute to the 4Ps paradigm of the problem; prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships. Anta has also conducted research on trafficking for ATLEP (Anti-trafficking Legal Project) and presently working on a feasibility study funded by Commonweal on housing for victims of human trafficking.

Published: 29 June 2020

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