Who we are

Bill Skirrow (Executive Director)

is a senior manager and business development executive with experience in the not-for-profit, digital media and communications sectors. Prior to joining Pro Bono Community, Bill was sales & marketing director of Localgiving.com, the UK’s leading online fundraising platform for small charities and community groups. Before that, he set up his own digital communications company, BigStream Interactive, in 2005 and was managing director of media services provider Intelfax.

Oliver Hyams (Chair of the Trustees)

is a barrister practising from Hardwicke Chambers. He has volunteered with both Camden Community Law Centre and the Free Representation Unit, and previously worked at the European Commission in Brussels. Oliver read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Hatfield College, Durham, and completed a master’s degree at University College London. He studied for the GDL and BPTC at City Law School.

David Dowling (Secretary)

is a solicitor at Ropes & Gray, focusing on private equity and impact investing. Prior to Ropes & Gray, he worked at Gibson Dunn and trained at Baker & McKenzie. David obtained a first in Theology at Oriel College, Oxford and was awarded the Gibbs Prize, following which he completed the GDL at City Law School and the LPC at College of Law Moorgate. David is also a board member of ESELA – The Legal Network for Social Impact, and lectures on the law of international private equity finance on the LLM at King’s College London.

Lindsey Poole (Trustee)

has been Director of the Advice Services Alliance since 2013. She began her career in advice in the 1980’s, working as a volunteer in a local advice centre before going on to work for a number of different advice organisations including  SHAC, Citizens Advice (as a regional training officer) and FIAC (now Advice UK). During a change in career direction to criminal justice and crime reduction (and a stint in central government) she continued volunteering and served as Chair of Trustees of two local advice centres. She is a qualified trainer and holds a Masters in Applied Social Research.

Adam Johnson (Trustee)

is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Adam has practised in the area of commercial litigation and arbitration for 25 years and has experience of a wide range of cases, in particular disputes involving a cross-border element. Since 2006 Adam has been a member of the Herbert Smith Freehills Advocacy Unit. He is a member of a number of legal organisations, including the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (of which he is a former trustee). He is also the Herbert Smith Freehills Corporate Responsibility partner, and in that capacity is a strong supporter of pro bono legal initiatives both within the firm and externally.

Dinah Crystal OBE (Trustee)

was a legal aid practitioner for 15 years before joining the School of Law at the University of Manchester where she became Director of External Relations and Clinical Legal Education. During this time, Dinah established five legal advice centres and was a trustee of Law Works. She is currently chair of the North West Legal Support Trust as well as being a member of Liberty’s Policy Council and an ambassador for Women in the Law UK.

Stephen Levett (Trustee)

After training with the Government Legal Service and working as a litigator for the Treasury Solicitor, Stephen established the first ever student law clinic at the University of Law. Stephen subsequently joined the University of Sunderland Law and Business School as Deputy Dean for Recruitment and Development before moving to King’s College London in 2016 where he became the university’s first Director of Clinical Legal Education. In 2018, Stephen joined the University of York Law School as Director of Professional Practice.

Livia Cullens (Trustee)

is a solicitor in the charity and social enterprise team at Bates Wells, having trained at another charity specialist law firm. Prior to her training she read law at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge and studied the LPC at BPP Cambridge. Livia is also a volunteer adviser at Waterloo Legal Advice Service, providing pro bono advice on a range of issues. 

Daniel Laking (Trustee)

is a barrister at Temple Garden Chambers where he specialises in civil and public law. He sits as a member of the Personal Injuries Bar Association Executive Committee and volunteers for the Battersea Law Centre (part of the South West London Law Centres Network). He is a sincere supporter of access to justice, having previously undertaken pro bono work for Greenwich Housing Rights and the Free Representation Unit. Whilst studying the GDL at City University, Daniel undertook a Pro Bono Community course and has therefore experienced first-hand the benefits that such training provides.

Atoosa Khatiri (Training & Volunteer Coordinator)

is a coordinator with experience in the charity sector, in particular with managing and coordinating student volunteers. After obtaining an LLB law degree at UEL and the LPC at Nottingham Law School, Atoosa went on to work in the legal sector in civil and human rights litigation. Prior to joining Pro Bono Community she worked as a coordinator in a refugee community charity and volunteered for an anti-trafficking legal charity.