lynnLynn Knowles (Chair)
Lynn’s professional background was originally in housing advice and campaigning around homelessness issues, working mainly for organisations advising single homeless people. During the 1970s and 1980s she moved into tenants’ rights and co-operative housing, where she set up and managed housing co-ops in Hammersmith and Islington. In the early 1990s she retrained as a solicitor, becoming a partner at Bindmans LLP, a well-known central London human rights law firm. She is currently head of clinical negligence and personal injury and has been on the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel since 2000. She has a lot of experience in financial management, staff management, change management and legal aid. She has lived in Hanwell since 1985.

14-07-02 peterPeter Bartram (Vice chair)Peter Bartram has worked across London as an immigration lawyer for over thirty years. He is registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner as an immigration practitioner and currently works as a consultant for an international law practice in Hounslow.

After qualifying as a solicitor at an Acton firm in 1981, Peter worked in community settings throughout the 1980s, beginning at a community centre in south-east London as a housing lawyer. From there he moved on to immigration work at the Afro Asian Advisory Service in Southwark from 1985-87, before working jointly at Southall Law Centre and Hounslow and Hillingdon law centres as a senior solicitor and a temporary supervising solicitor, respectively. In 1990, he moved into private practice, establishing his own immigration solicitors practice in West London which he ran for 20 years, for the last 12 of which he was based in Northfields. He then retired from practice as a solicitor in 2014 to take up his present position.

Peter was a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association from its founding in 1984, serving on its Executive Committee for six years in the 1990s, and has acted as a major provider of training to immigration lawyers.  He has many years’ experience of managing legal aid work in tribunals and courts, and continues to appear as an advocate at immigration tribunal hearings.

image003Simon Mullings
Simon has worked as a housing lawyer and supervisor in private practice for the last 14 years. He has extensive experience in LSC contract tenders, housing possession court duty scheme advice and representation, and has conducted training on contract compliance as well as housing and community care law and practice. He is a long standing member of the Trustee Board of Waltham Forest Citizens Advice Bureau and is chair of the Personnel and Joint Negotiating committees. He is also an authorised Debt Relief Order intermediary.

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Steve Lee (Company Secretary)
Steve has a long background in a wide range of advice sector organisations as an advisor, manager and campaigner. He has worked at Hillingdon Law Centre, Carers UK and Youth Access. Steve was instrumental in the development of Just Rights, the campaign for fair access to legal services for children and young people. He is passionate about access to justice. Steve has lived in Ealing for more than 20 years

 

15-03-02 SUE DSC01192Sue James (Treasurer)
Sue has been a housing solicitor for 22 years has worked in a number of law centres and private practice. In addition she was a mental health solicitor representing the most vulnerable people detained under the Mental Health Act. As well as undertaking case work she has a strategic role in the running of Hammersmith Law Centre where she is currently employed as the responsible legal officer.

She is a trustee for Hammersmith Mencap. Sue has lived in Ealing for more than 20 years.

 

    Clarissa Stoneham

Clarissa is 100% committed to community. Clarissa has  worked hard to combat the wider issues of poverty and inequality that can impact the every day lives of people and their futures. Clarissa has loved living in Ealing since arriving in the U.K in 1993. Clarissa is an expert in developing and setting up community centered services in the most deprived areas in West London.

Reflecting her commitment to community Clarissa has worked in the third sector for over 15 years in a variety of roles including mentoring, working with vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and families, prolific and priority offenders, developing front line services in advice and employment and fundraising. Clarissa has gained a lot of recognition for her work including winning an award for community hero in 2009 and an award from the London mayor in 2012 for her work with young people not in employment education or training.  She was featured in a reality show about single parents in 2009 giving people an insight into the challenges and rewards of being a career minded single parent as well as family orientated mummy. In 2012 Clarissa joined the citizens advice service as head of financial capability service, and in 2014 won the national award for her work in financial capability as well as an award for best employee in Hammersmith and Fulham .

Clarissa has 2 children and is determined to be growing her own fruit and vegetables within the next 2 years!