Social Welfare Lawyers in the Centre of Birmingham

Terri Fisher

Terri joined the Community Law Partnership in 2014 and has been a practising Costs Lawyer since 2018. She undertakes a wide variety of costs work, from the preparation of High Costs Case Plans and Costs Budgets to Replies to Points of Dispute and detailed assessment hearings.

Louis Dowd

Louis joined the Community Law Partnership in August 2017 for a placement year during his undergraduate law degree, where he was responsible for dealing with the firm’s new client enquiries. He returned after graduating to begin his Training Contract in September 2019 where he undertakes a variety of case work including possession proceedings and disrepair claims. Alongside his Training Contract, Louis undertook his LPC and LLM in Law.  Louis qualified as a solicitor in September 2021.

Andy Marlow

Andy Marlow

Andy has completed the Bar Professional Training Course and was called to the Bar in 2016. Having previously worked as a paralegal in commercial property matters, and having also previously volunteered to help applicants in Employment and Support Allowance appeals and defendants in possession claims, he moved to the Community Law Partnership in 2018. He initially worked full time on the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme. He now acts as a Trainee Solicitor, assisting clients in matters relating to defending possession proceedings, taking action on disrepair, homelessness and unlawful eviction.

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. He is a member of the Free Tibet Campaign.