Meet the SSLP Trustees
Dan is a barrister at 2 Dr. Johnson's Buildings. He specialises in criminal and immigration law. He has considerable expertise in the area of law covering the overlap between criminal law and immigration law and has defended many victims of trafficking. Dan has also hosted Stop & Search Legal Project students as part of our Demystifying Law programme.
Vanya is a solicitor at GT Stewart Solicitors. She started out as a paralegal specialising in personal injury, having worked in the insurance industry all through University. In August 2006 she began to work as a criminal paralegal at a West London firm. She gained a training contract and was admitted as a solicitor in October 2008. Vanya is a duty solicitor and has recently expanded into Crown Court Advocacy. She hopes to further expand into Actions against the Police in the near future. Vanya is often to be found at various Magistrates' Courts, including Youth Courts, across London; for all types of hearings including first appearances, committals, trials, sentence hearings, bail and procedural applications such as bad character and special measures applications.
Sophie is a solicitor-advocate specialising in actions against the police at Sophie Khan & Co and is legal director of the Police Action Centre. She also represents bereaved families at the inquests into deaths in police or prison custody. She is an outspoken critic of police abuse of their powers, a campaigner against racist policing and has written extensively on civil liberties issues.
Rebecca Niblock is a solicitor at Kingsley Napley specialising in criminal defence. She has represented clients accused of a variety of offences including violence, drugs, firearms and fraud. She has developed an excellent reputation for her extradition work. Rebecca co-founded Stop & Search Legal Project in July 2012.
Glenn is a community campaigner, facilitator and journalist. He has written extensively on stop and search, tasers and the complaints system for numerous papers and websites as well as delivering workshops to people from all walks of life across London on stop and search, housing, and media activism. He joined SSLP in 2012.
Charlotte is Research & Policy Officer at education charity, City Year, where she supports research projects, public affairs and policy campaigns. Charlotte has an MSc in Global Governance and Ethics from UCL, and a BSc Social Policy with Government from LSE. Charlotte was elected general secretary of LSE Students’ Union after graduating working on campaigns, policy, research and comms. Charlotte is also a primary school governor in Hackney. Charlotte was keen to support SSLP's work due to the high number of stop and searches being conducted in Hackney, and feels passionately about tackling racial profiling and discrimination in UK policing.
Rebecca Aron is a trainee solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen. She has trained in the areas of criminal defence and civil liberties, including actions against the police. She is a member of Police Actions Lawyers Group, INQUEST Lawyers Group, Amnesty International and Young Legal Aid Lawyers. She has represented clients who were subjected to unlawful searches by the police and other forms of unlawful police treatment. She is committed to publicly funded work and ensuring that her clients have access to justice.
Cecilia Goodwin qualified as a criminal defence lawyer in 2008 and has since attained her Higher Rights of Audience and so represents clients at Crown Court. She embarked on a career in law driven by her passion for criminal defence and advocacy. She is motivated by her belief that everyone must be treated equally in the eyes of the law regardless of age, background or ethnicity. This was the driving force behind getting involved with SSLP through which she has been able to educate young people about their rights and entitlements regarding stop and searches by the police. The project has enabled her to lobby government and campaign through thre media to improve the future use of stop and search.
Natalie is an Senior Associate Solicitor in the Civil Liberties team at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP, who has been specialising in claims against the police and other public authorities since qualifying in 2010. Her caseload includes a number of cases arising from stop and searches and other contact by police on the streets or in people’s homes, many of which encompass issues of racial discrimination and / or involve vulnerable clients. Natalie became involved with Stop & Search Legal Project to help young people develop a clear understanding of their rights, enabling them to respond assertively and constructively to what is, for many, an all too frequent encounter with police. She is also an executive committee member of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights and is involved with a number of other organisations including Police Action Lawyers Group and Defend the Right to Protest.
Waleke trained at Hodge Jones Allen qualifying in 2012. She is currently a solicitor in the Actions Against Police department at Broudie Jackson Canter, Liverpool. She previously worked as part of the legal team in the fresh Hillsborough Inquest and currently advises clients in relation to civil claims against the police and other public bodies. She is also an accredited police station advisor. Waleke joined SSLP because she believes passionately in empowering young people with knowledge about police stop and search, so they can confidently assert their rights. She coordinates SSLP workshops in Liverpool and Manchester. Waleke is a member of Police Action Lawyers Group, Inquest Lawyers Group, Human Rights Lawyers Association, and Liberty.