STAFF

Ahmed Ali - Paralegal

Ahmed Ali
Paralegal

Ahmed works as a Paralegal at the London Bridge office and assists Sue
Willman on public law and human rights litigation. He joined the firm in 2017 having previously worked extensively in the human rights non-profit sector and in parliamentary advocacy.

Althia Stephens

Althia Stephens
Paralegal

Althia works as a paralegal in our Bristol office. Althia’s role is to provide support to the fee earners.

Bryony Goodesmith Admin assistant

Bryony Goodesmith
Admin assistant

Bryony works as an admin assistant in our Bristol office. Bryony answers phone calls and provides administrative help to the Fee Earners, as well as assisting in the general running of the Bristol office.

Emily Turner

Emily Turner
Admin Assistant

Emily joined the Bristol office as admin assistant in 2018 and provides administrative support to the Fee Earners. She has previously worked for an NGO in Belgium and conducts research for the University of Bristol’s human rights centre.

George Dear

George Dear
Receptionist

George works as a receptionist in our London Bridge office. George welcomes visitors to our office, answers calls and ensures the smooth running of our reception area.

Harriet Child

Harriet Child 
Trainee Solicitor

Harriet works as a trainee solicitor in our London Bridge office and assists Polly Glynn on public law and human rights litigation. Harriet joined the firm in 2017 and has previous experience volunteering with the Prisoners’ Advice Service and the County Court Advice Desk at Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court.

Georgina Colegate-Stone

Georgina Colegate-Stone
Trainee Solicitor

Georgina works in our City office, assisting Jo Eggleton on all aspects of her casework. This predominately consists of inquests, human rights and private law litigation.

Hasan Khalifah

Hasan Khalifah
Accounts Manager

Hasan works as an Accounts Manager and is based in the London Bridge office. He oversees the firm’s finances.

Isla Woodcock

Isla Woodcock
Paralegal

Isla works at the City Office and assists Sarah Ricca, predominantly in relation to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. She has over 6 years’ experience representing bereaved families in inquests and other investigations, and in civil claims against the state.

Joel Nicholls

Joel Nicholls
Office Manager

Joel works as an Office Manager across all three offices. He oversees the firm’s HR, admin, building and IT as well as any projects the firm may have running.

Layla Zamanpour

Layla Zamanpour
Trainee Solicitor

Layla works as a trainee solicitor in our London Bridge office for Connie Sozi and Diane Astin. She assists on public law and human rights litigation, as well as on housing matters. She joined the firm in 2014 having worked previously as a paralegal on public child law and private family law cases.

Lucy Adams

Lucy Adams
PA

Lucy is a secretary working in our Bristol office. She also deals with casework administration and assists in the general running of the Bristol office.

Marianne Morris

Marianne Morris
PA

Marianne works as a PA in our London Bridge office providing administrative support to fee earners.

Mark Hylands

Mark Hylands
Trainee Solicitor

Mark works as a trainee solicitor in our London Bridge office and assists Joanna Thomson and Zubier Yazdani on public law and human rights litigation. Mark joined the firm in 2017 and has previous experience working with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

Matthew Jackson - Accounts Assistant

Matt Jackson
Accounts Assistant

Matt works at the London Bridge office. He assists Hasan in running the firms finances.

Michelle Creary

Michelle Creary
PA

Michelle works as a PA in our City office providing administrative support to fee earners.

Neeta Mistry

Neeta Mistry
Legal PA

Neeta joined DPG in May 2018 and works at our London Bridge office as a PA supporting Zubier Yazdani, Rebecca Bahar and Mark Hylands and is based at the London Bridge office. She has worked for both local government and private law firms.

Olivia Burgess
Paralegal/Admin Assistant

Olivia works on reception with George in our London Bridge office and is the initial point of contact for most clients. She assists Joel with administrative tasks relating to office and building management.

Rajiv Nair

Rajiv Nair
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Rajiv works as both a paralegal and legal assistant in our City Office. He assists Clair Hilder and Clare Hayes with their casework, which includes inquests, unlawful detention claims, actions against the police and public law litigation.

Renata Sweeney

Renata Sweeney
Admin Assistant

Renata works as an admin assistant at the City office. Renata welcomes visitors, answers calls and ensures the smooth running of our reception area. In addition to reception duties, Renata assists the Office Manager as well as providing administrative support to the Legal Assistants and Fee Earners.

Sophia Velilla

Sophia Velilla
Costs Clerk

Sophia works as a Cost Clerk in our City Road office. Sophia assists with our Legal Help billing and appeals.

Tessa Burwood

Tessa Burwood
Trainee Solicitor

Tessa works as a trainee solicitor in the Bristol office. She assists Frances Lipman and William Russell on public law and human rights litigation. She joined the firm in January 2018, as part of the Justice First Fellowship, having previously worked as a debt adviser at Birmingham Community Law Centre.