Meet the team

Lizzette Robleto de Howarth

Lizzette Robleto

Interim Head of International and International Programmes Manager

Lizzette joined the Law Society in December 2015. She is responsible for managing the Society’s international public interest work including in the areas of legal development and assistance, corporate social responsibility and international rule of law.

Prior to joining the Law Society, Lizzette worked for more than 15 years in several International Development NGOs and charity organisations focussing on international policy and advocacy. She has particular expertise on Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and has worked on a wide range of topics.

She obtained Certificates from Goldsmith, the London School of Economics, and the International Centre for Parliamentarian Studies. She has a LLB Law and a LLM Human Rights and is currently studying for a LLM in International Economic Law, Justice and Development at Birkbeck. She is also a member of The Honourable Society of Inner Temple.

Gerwin de Boer

Gerwin de Boer

International Policy Adviser: South Asia & ASEAN

Prior to joining the Law Society, Gerwin worked for the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion as Area Manager Asia. Gerwin has a Masters degree in International Relations and International Organisation. He specialised in international economy and trade with a focus on Asia.

Elspeth Macdonald

Elspeth Macdonald

International Policy Adviser: Africa and Middle East

Elspeth joined the Department in February 2015 and leads it work on Africa and the Middle East. Prior to joining, she held a variety of internationally-focused roles, including managing overseas legislative strengthening programmes at the UK Parliament. Elspeth holds a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School in Boston, USA, with concentrations in conflict studies and public international law.

Chika Muorah


International Policy Adviser: 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

Rukaiya Bhegani


International Policy Assistant: Asia

Rukaiya has been with the Law Society since June 2013. She is a policy assistant for Asia and has previously worked for a magic circle law firm in the City and the Bar Council of England and Wales doing similar work. She graduated from a top Canadian university with a BA in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations.

Virag Martin


International Policy Assistant: Europe and CIS

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.

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.

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.

Julie Mamou

Julie Mamou

International Policy Adviser: Europe

Julie Mamou joined the Department in March 2011. Prior to that, she was responsible for European affairs at the French broadcasting regulator for nearly five years. Julie graduated in Political Science and European Public Law in Aix-en-Provence, France. Julie leads on the department’s work in Europe and represents the Law Society on the UK delegation to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe.

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.

James Shepherd

James Shepherd

International Policy Assistant: Americas, Africa and Middle East

James joined the Department in February 2014. He works as a Policy Assistant, focusing on the America, Africa and Middle East regions. He has previously worked for both the Department for Transport and Ministry of Justice. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in English and English Literature at the University of the West of England.

Elena Chifor


Team Administrator

Elena joined The Law Society in November 2015 as a team administrator, offering administrative support across the team. Elena is currently undertaking an LLB Undergraduate Law course at Birkbeck University.