Social Welfare Lawyers in the Centre of Birmingham

Alastair Wallace

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.

Joanne Child

Joanne Child

Jo qualified as a Solicitor in November 1993 after training with Tyndallwoods Solicitors. She worked in their Housing Law department until 2003 as an Assistant Solicitor and later as a Partner. She subsequently worked as a costs draftsperson preparing bills in legally aided housing cases until joining the Community Law Partnership in October 2017.

Emma Westwood

Emma Westwood

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.

Jenny Malone

Jenny Malone

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

Mike McIlvaney

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

Rosaleen Kilbane

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

Chris Johnson

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 and Liberty.

Ranjit Bains

Ranjit Bains

Ranjit joined CLP in February 2015.  He has worked in general civil litigation undertaking advocacy in the County Court around the country.  He developed an interest in the law of Landlord & Tenant.  On joining CLP he initially assisted with the Duty Possession Scheme at Birmingham County Court.  During his training contract he trained in Housing, Public, and Social Security law (including work in the Social Security Tribunal).   Ranjit was the instructed caseworker on Birmingham City Council v Mondhlani [2015] EW MISC B41.  He qualified as a Solicitor on 15 September 2017.  Ranjit is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings).