The Access to Justice Foundation is lucky to have talented and committed staff and trustees to deliver our mission and uphold the rights of everyone in our society, regardless of means and circumstances.
Sasan Abtahi is the Grants Manager for the Foundation’s Legal Support for Litigants in Person grants programme.
Alice Bettis Marsh is the Network and Development Officer. Alice is responsible for overseeing the Network and its membership and works as support within the Development team at the Access to Justice Foundation.
Sirintiya Booth-Roberts is the Programme Administrator for the Litigant in Person Support Strategy.
Laura Cassidy is the Fundraising and Development Manager at the Access to Justice Foundation.
Laura is responsible for organising fundraising events such as the Legal Walks, the Great Legal Quiz and the Great Legal Bake.
Clare Carter is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Access to Justice Foundation. Clare is responsible for ensuring the sustainability of the Foundations charitable activities.
On sabbatical until September 2021.
Ruth Daniel is the Chief Executive Officer at the Access to Justice Foundation. Ruth is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the charity.
Martha leads the Litigant in Person Network as Network Development Manager, focusing on supporting the access to justice sector to work together more effectively, communicate more easily and work more strategically. She initiated the innovation workstream with a focus on data, design, tools and technology. A law graduate, she has previously worked in fundraising and business development across a number of access to justice organisations and has seven years’ experience in the sector.
Larissa Fischer is a Grants Officer for the LSLIP Grants Programme.
Peter Fruin is the Finance and Operations Manager at the Access to Justice Foundation. Peter is responsible for the Foundation’s Financial records and operations, as well as Legal & Governance matters.
A CIMA-qualified accountant, Peter has extensive experience working in both Finance and Compliance at the trading arm of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Stacey Lamb is the Interim Grants Director of the Access to Justice Foundation, with oversight of the Foundation’s collective grant-making, including the LIPSS Partnership, Community Justice Fund and Legal Support for Litigants in Person grant.
Stacey has previously worked throughout the access to justice sector in frontline service delivery, volunteer management and fundraising. She is also a trustee of the Artis Foundation.
Madeleine Lustigman is the Assistant Organisational Development Consultant
Georgina Maddox is a Grants Officer for the Community Justice Fund.
Ildephonse Nzabahimana is the Data and Learning Manager at the Access to Justice Foundation.
Sarah Sandall is the Communications Officer at the Access to Justice Foundation.
Sarah is responsible for publicising the work of the Foundation and is the first point of contact for media enquiries.
Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, PC, is the London Co-Managing Partner and Chair of European and Asian Litigation at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. He served as the UK’s Attorney General from 2001–2007, prior to which he was in private practice as one of the leading barristers in London.
Lord Goldsmith acts for a variety of clients in arbitration and litigation around the world. As the UK Attorney General, he represented the government in numerous cases in UK and international courts. He also argued as counsel in the House of Lords two of the 15 cases regarded as the most important British cases of the last 150 years.
Lord Goldsmith has a strong history and life-long support for pro bono assistance to bring legal advice to the disadvantaged. As a young lawyer, he started a legal advice center in the East End of London and, later in his career, founded the Bar of England & Wales’ Pro Bono Unit (of which he remains President) and the Attorney General’s pro bono coordinating committees. Amongst other recognitions, he was awarded the Lifetime Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Development of Pro Bono Culture in Europe at the 2014 PILnet European Pro Bono Forum.
He was one of the founders behind the Foundation and became the first Chair of its Trustee Board, a post he held until September 2020 when he became the Foundation’s President.
Laurence is a solicitor who has practiced in the area of commercial litigation all his career.
He was one of the founder partners of the London office of the international law firm of Cooley. He advises Governments, large corporates and high net worth individuals in complex commercial disputes. Prior to joining Cooley, he had been a Managing Partner of a UK firm, and then the Deputy Managing Partner of a large US law firm.
He is a solicitor-advocate and a Crown Court Recorder. Laurence joined the Board of the Foundation in 2012 and was appointed the Foundation’s second Chair in succession to Peter Goldsmith in September 2020.
Frances has been a Trustee since 2015. Frances was a CILEx Council member from 2008-2018 and was President in 2014/2015.
She is a family lawyer and partner in the firm Caswell Jones, Caerphilly. Frances takes a great interest in access to justice in Wales and is Secretary to the Legal Wales Foundation, a member of Reaching Justice Wales committee and is the CILEx Advisor for Wales.
Nicola is a portfolio non-executive director with over 30 years of business experience. She is a qualified chartered accountant and her business experience has covered a wide variety of sectors including legal services, technology, telecommunications, retail, media, financial services, regulation, housing and charities.
In addition to her role at ATJF she is currently chair at Milton Keynes Development Partnership, chair at CHP Ltd, a board member of the Bar Standards Board, a trustee of the charity Changing Faces, a member of the Managing Partners Forum advisory board and an advisor to LegalTech firm Legl.
Dame Maura McGowan is a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division. She is the Lord Chief Justice’s appointed representative on the ATJF.
She was chair of the Bar Council in 2013. She is involved in judicial and advocacy training, nationally and internationally. She is a Guardian of the ‘Support Through Court’ organisation and is committed to promoting access to justice for all groups and individuals.
Natalia Rymaszewska is the Head of Grants at the Leathersellers’ Company, one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London where she manages a range of funding programmes providing charitable, educational and trade related grants.
Having originally studied law at Edinburgh University, Natalia has over a decade of experience in the voluntary and funding sectors. Having previously worked at both the Bar Pro Bono Unit (now Advocate) and as Chief Executive of the London Legal Support Trust, she also holds a Masters in Voluntary Sector Management from CASS Business School, with a focus on Grant Making and Philanthropy.
Joe Snape is a human rights and environmental solicitor at McCue & Partners. He has previously worked in corporate law and in several NGOs, and also has experience of climate change litigation in the UK and Latin America.
Joe has several years’ experience of working across a number of organisations providing access to justice to vulnerable individuals and is also a governor of Oldfield Primary School.
Rebecca Samaras is the Director of Pro Bono and Clinical Legal Education at the University of Edinburgh. Rebecca is responsible for the strategic development and leadership of the Edinburgh Law School’s pro bono activity.
A former litigation solicitor, Rebecca specialised in family law and the additional support needs (SEN) of underrepresented vulnerable individuals, and charities throughout her career.
She sits on the Law Society of Scotland’s Access to Justice Committee and the Scotland Committee for the Access to Justice Foundation. She is also Chair of the Scottish University Law Clinic Network (SULCN) and a Trustee of the Clinical Legal Education Organisation (CLEO).
Sarah currently works for the United Nations as a civil society and social justice advisor, specialising in grant management, project evaluation and capacity building.
She previously worked as a litigation solicitor in London then specialised in human rights law and access to justice in low income countries. She is passionate about justice sector reform and for the past 25 years has worked as a founder, and advisor on access to justice projects in the UK, Asia and Africa.
Andrew is the Director of Business Development at Citizens Advice, the national membership organisation supporting the local Citizens Advice offices in England and Wales.
With a background in social welfare advice of over 20 years, beginning as a volunteer adviser, Andrew has worked within the advice sector on a range of projects, programmes and initiatives. As Director of Business Development, Andrew works with statutory, corporate and voluntary partners and funding to develop and fund new services to individuals and communities that address the ever increasing information, education, advice and advocacy needs that the Citizens Advice Service responds to through its network of over 3000 outlets in England and Wales.
Audrey is currently Director Internal Audit and Risk for British Council, the UK’s international organisation for education and cultural relations.
She is a chartered accountant and a qualified internal auditor and holds a Masters degree in Economics. She has 20 years of experience in governance, risk and assurance in the commercial, public and third sector including education, technology and financial services.