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Meet the team

Mickaël Laurans

Mickael Laurans

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.

Marina Brilman

marina brilman

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.

David McNaught

david mcnaught

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.

Chika Muorah


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

Roberta Taveri

roberta taveri

International Coordinator

Roberta joined the International department of the Law Society of England and Wales in May 2016 as International Coordinator. She has worked as International Human Rights Policy Adviser from February to July 2018, during which she has focused on developing an advocacy strategy on Turkey. Previous to the Law Society, she has worked for three years as a Human Rights Officer with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Uganda as a Consultant on Children’s Rights and Child Governance at Save the Children in Rwanda. Roberta holds a Master Degree in International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and previously graduated in Ethics and Political Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and at the University of Bologna (Italy).

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.

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.

Virag Martin

virag martin

International Policy Adviser: Europe

Virag joined The Law Society in January 2015. She supports the Europe and CIS team. Prior to that, Virag worked in EU policy representing cities and charities in Brussels and London. She graduated in EU Politics and Business Management in Budapest and holds a masters degree in European Public Policy from UCL.

Holly McKenzie

holly mckenzie

International Policy Adviser: South Asia and ASEAN

Holly leads on communications in support of the Law Society’s policy work works across the Asia region. She first became interested in the law when working for the Great Britain China Centre. She delivered UK government-funded projects designed to improve the rule of law in China in her role as a project manager. Prior to that Holly worked for the British Council on education policy based in Kenya and Ethiopia. She is looking to develop an international career in law. Holly holds a first class 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.

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.

Joanna Walsh

joanna walsh

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.