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Meet the team

Mickaël Laurans

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Head of International

Before his current position as Head of the International department, Mickaël previously worked as Head of the Law Society's Brussels Office since April 2012, and spent nine years as Policy Manager in the International Department of the Law Society of England and Wales in London, where he worked on international trade issues and the EU internal market in legal services.

mickael.laurans@lawsociety.org.uk

Marina Brilman

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International Human Rights Policy Adviser

Marina holds a PhD in Law from the London School of Economics (LSE), an LL.M from University College London, and a Master’s degree in law from the University of Leiden. She was Leading Articles editor at the Leiden Journal of International Law and LLM adviser at the LSE, where she also taught property law to undergraduates. Marina is a qualified solicitor/barrister in The Netherlands where she practised in litigation, international arbitration, and commercial law as a senior associate at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (previously Linklaters & Alliance).

She was a Board Member and Latin America Programme Director of the Dutch NGO Lawyers for Lawyers, a Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia (teaching public international law and human rights to postgraduates), and worked for three years as a staff attorney of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Marina has published on human rights in English and Spanish and is a contributor to the International Law Reports, published by Cambridge University Press, on the Inter-American Court’s case-law.

marina.brilman@lawsociety.org.uk

David McNaught

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International Policy Adviser: Africa and the Middle East

David joined the Law Society in August as policy assistant for the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. He has worked for several health and human rights focused NGOs and charities in the UK and South Africa, including a public interest law centre in Johannesburg. He has an LLB from the University of London and a BA in Film and American Studies from the University of East Anglia.

david.mcnaught@lawsociety.org.uk

Chika Muorah

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International Policy Adviser: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

Chika joined the Law Society in April 2015 and leads on the CIS region. Prior to joining the Law Society, Chika worked for the Bar Council of England and Wales as a Policy Analyst – International and was responsible for promoting the good standing and interest of the Bar abroad, building relations with international bar associations, professional bodies and lawyers to advance the interest of the Bar.

Chika studied law at university which was followed by her Bar Professional Training Course. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2006. She also spent two years working as a Consultant in Tokyo

chika.muorah@lawsociety.org.uk

Alex Storer

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International Policy Advisor: Europe

Alex joined the Law Society in 2017 and is responsible for building relations with Bars and Law Societies in Europe and supporting our members in accessing markets in European countries.

Alex holds a degree in European Law and a Masters in International Relations and Human Rights Law. Before moving to London, Alex worked in Jerusalem, Brussels and Tunis managing EU funded projects promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms.

alex.storer@lawsociety.org.uk

Paul Mortimer

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International Coordinator

Paul joined the Law Society in March 2019 and coordinates work within the International Department and the wider Law Society.

Prior to the Law Society Paul spent 4 years working for the Labour Party as an Organiser managing their election campaigns in Brighton, Bristol, and Lambeth.

He has a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Lancaster University

paul.mortimer@lawsociety.org.uk

Lizzette Robleto de Howarth

Lizzette Robleto

International Programmes Manager

Lizzette joined the Law Society in December 2015. She is responsible for restructuring and re-designing the Society’s international public interest work and is currently leading on the implementation of these newly-designed international rule of law programmes.

Prior to joining the Law Society, Lizzette worked for over 16 years in the international development sector focusing on international public policy, research and advocacy. She has worked in many countries and has particular expertise on: Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. She has worked on issues relating to: the rule of law, gender and women’s rights, business and human rights, governance, statelessness and migration, illegal logging and the environment.

She has LLB Law (Hons.), LLM Human Rights (Merit), LLM in International Economic Law, Justice and Development (Distinction) from Birkbeck. She is a MPhil/PhD Law candidate and Associate Tutor on Constitutional and Administrative Law also at Birkbeck. She has obtained Certificates from the University of Oxford, LSE, Goldsmiths, and the International Centre for Parliamentarian Studies. She is also a member of The Honourable Society of Inner Temple.

lizzette.robletodehowarth@lawsociety.org.uk

Donna Evans

Donna Evans

International Policy Adviser: North Asia & the Pacific

Donna joined the Law Society in 2008. She has a BA in Modern Chinese Studies from Leeds University and is a fluent Mandarin speaker. Donna frequently advises Law Society members on how to practise in her region, as well as providing an overview of current business opportunities and local law firm contacts for key jurisdictions, including China, Mongolia and Japan.

donna.evans@lawsociety.org.uk

Holly McKenzie

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International Policy Adviser: South Asia and ASEAN

Holly joined the Law Society of England and Wales in March 2017. She leads on our work in the South and Southeast Asia region and is responsible for representing, promoting and supporting solicitors there. She first became interested in law when working as a project manager for the Great Britain China Centre. She delivered UK government-funded projects designed to strengthen the rule of law in China. Prior to that Holly worked for the British Council on education policy based in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Holly holds a BA in Chinese from the University of Leeds and is fluent in Mandarin. She has professional certifications in project management, marketing and has studied Chinese commercial law.

holly.mckenzie@lawsociety.org.uk

Ben Stevenson

Ben Stevenson

International Policy Adviser: Americas and Caribbean

Ben joined the Department in 2013 and leads in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean. Ben studied politics and international law. He spent five years working as an International Policy Adviser for the Liberal Democrats in the UK Parliament and two years in Brussels as an EU Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for the conflict prevention organisation.

ben.stevenson@lawsociety.org.uk

Catherine Brims

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International Policy Assistant: Asia

Catherine joined the team in August 2018. In her role as Policy Assistant, she provides support to the Policy Advisers for South Asia & ASEAN and North Asia & the Pacific.

Prior to joining the Law Society, Catherine was the Programme Coordinator for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute. She also has experience as a research officer and administrator in international law, having worked with the Law Council of Australia’s International Law and Business Law Sections, its International Division, and the South Pacific Lawyers’ Association.

Catherine has a Bachelor of Economics and an LLB (H) from the Australian National University. She is an Australian-qualified legal practitioner, and entitled to practice in the Australian Capital Territory.

catherine.brims@lawsociety.org.uk

Eleanor Farrow

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International Policy Assistant: Europe and the CIS

Eleanor is the International Policy Assistant for Europe and CIS at the Law Society of England and Wales. Eleanor has an LLB in UK Law, an LLM in International Human Rights Law and a Diploma in French.

Prior to the Law Society, Eleanor spent four years coordinating international justice and human rights projects for the International Bar Association where she managed external partnerships and training, speaking at international conferences, and engaging with a worldwide network of lawyers and human rights monitors. She has worked in Eastern Europe, Africa and South East Asia. Eleanor has published articles on international justice and human rights.

eleanor.farrow@lawsociety.org.uk

Joanna Walsh

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International Administrator

Joanna has experience in the Finance industry, she was an Underwriting Team Leader for GE Money Home Lending for 6 years. She has also worked for a High Street Bank (NatWest) and a foreign international bank (Europe Arab Bank PLC) in Moorgate in various roles, Data Management Assistant, Compliance Assistant, and Payments Officer. Most recently she worked in the public sector for the Local Government (Barnet) as Business Support for a busy Department within Social Services supporting a team and Head of Service for 7 years.

Outside of work she has a keen interest in charity work and she is a Volunteer and Ambassador for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

joanna.walsh@lawsociety.org.uk