Alastair Wallace qualified as a solicitor in 1993. He was a founding partner of nationally rated Public Law Solicitors and headed up Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham Public Law and Human Rights Team before joining Community Law Partnership in October 2018. Alastair specialises in Community Care law and wider public law challenges on behalf of individuals and community groups. He has considerable experience in planning judicial reviews brought by residents and campaigners against inappropriate development. He is a leading practitioner of village green law. Alastair has conducted cases at all levels of the Court system, including the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and House of Lords. He speaks and writes about public law and is listed as a ranked lawyer in Chambers Legal Directory.
Emma Westwood has extensive administrative and secretarial experience in the legal sector. Emma joined CLP in May 2000 as a Secretary and the Travellers Advice Team Administrator. Following the continued growth of the firm Emma was appointed as Assistant Manager in September 2015 and also remains the TAT Administrator. Emma was promoted to Practice Manager from 1 February 2018.
Daniel worked for a number of Legal Aid firms and has spent his entire legal career specialising in social welfare law, predominately in housing law and welfare benefits. Daniel is a member of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers Group and Child Poverty Action Group.
Jenny Malone has worked for the Partners since 1995. Her career has always been in administrative work, previously in the insurance industry before moving into the legal sector in 1995. In 1999 when CLP was founded, Jenny provided administrative and technical IT support, secretarial work, legal accounting and any other duties required to support the Partners in their quest to build a successful Legal Aid firm. As the firm expanded and with one of the founding Partners leaving in 2005 her managerial role as Practice Manager was established. From 1 February 2018 Jenny’s role has changed from Practice Manager to Finance Manager.
Mike McIlvaney studied Politics and Sociology at Durham University and following graduation studied law at Leeds. Passionate about the rights of the politically and socially oppressed he embarked on a career in social welfare law and has worked in both private practice and the voluntary sector. For the past 20 years he has specialized in housing and has taken cases to the Court of Appeal, House of Lords and Supreme Court and represented clients in some of the leading cases in this area of the law. He was a founding partner of the Community Law Partnership (CLP).
Rosaleen Kilbane qualified as a solicitor in 1989. She has practised in Housing Law throughout her career. She is a past member of the Law Society’s Civil Litigation Committee and a former Chair of the Law Society’s Housing Law Committee. She sits as a Deputy District Judge in the County Court. She was a founding partner of the Community Law Partnership (CLP), but undertakes only a limited amount of casework nowadays as she is primarily responsible for the management of the firm. She won the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award in the social and welfare law category in June 2012.
Chris Johnson heads up the Travellers Advice Team at Community Law Partnership and was a founding partner in 1999. He has acted in some of the leading cases involving Gypsies and Travellers including three cases in the House of Lords and one in the Supreme Court. He travels the country to represent them, as well as lecturing, training, writing and campaigning on issues affecting Gypsies’ and Travellers’ rights. He is co-editor of the Legal Action textbook “Gypsy and Traveller Law” and writes regularly for Legal Action and other publications. With the Barrister, Marc Willers, and the planning consultant, Simon Ruston, he does a blog on the Travellers’ Times website. Chris is a member of Greenpeace, Free Tibet Campaign.
Syma qualified as a Solicitor in September 2007 and specialises in all areas of Housing Law. Syma joined Community Law Partnership in November 2015, having previously worked as a Housing Solicitor at firms in London and Birmingham.
Fiona joined the Community Law Partnership in January 2014 as a Solicitor specialising in housing law. Fiona’s previous experience includes family law and mental health law representing clients detained under the Mental Health Act. Before training as a solicitor Fiona worked for the YMCA and the Youth Offending Service in various roles focused on rehabilitating young offenders.
Following the Legal Practitioners Course, Jenny worked at Derbyshire Housing Aid as a caseworker on the Community Legal Services Advice Line. She then completed her training contract at Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre before joining CLP in February 2011. Jenny qualified as a solicitor in April 2011 and works in the Housing Team. Jenny left CLP in October 2013 due to relocation and returned to work for the firm in July 2016 when she moved back to the area.