The Trans Equality Legal Initiative has been founded by a coalition of lawyers and activists, all with a strong background in human rights in the LGBT sphere.
Our structure values the importance of partnership working between both Trans and Cisgender professionals and the need to ensure our work is led by the voices of Trans and Non-Binary people. Each of our areas of focus are Co-Convened by one Trans Place and one Open Place Convener.
Barrister at Garden Court Chambers
Co-Convener for Prisons
Michelle, as part of her practice, advises and represents members of the trans community on matters as wide reaching as access to health, inclusion within education and challenging through litigation discriminatory practice and policy adopted by government bodies. Michelle is junior counsel in the upcoming Supreme Court challenge against the lawfulness of DWP practice in outing those in receipt of benefits.
Barrister at One Pump Court
Co-Convener for Criminal Law/Gender Deception
Allan is a barrister who specialises in immigration and asylum law, with a particular interest in LGBTI issues. He is a trustee and active member of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group which campaigns for the better treatment of LGBTI asylum seekers in the UK and offers support to individual refugees.
Associate at Linklaters LLP
Co-Convener for Structure and Fundraising
David is a solicitor who specialises in insolvency litigation. He is the Chair of the Linklaters LGBT Network Committee and as part of his pro bono work with the firm he represents LGBT asylum seekers and is legal counsel for Pride in London. In addition, David sits on the steering committee for the LSE-Featherstone Moot, the UK's first nation-wide LGBT moot for undergraduates, he mentors LGBT undergraduates through DiversCity and does work with the Albert Kennedy Trust.
NHS Inclusion & Engagement Manager Northern Care Alliance NHS Group
Co-Convener for Health
Co-Convener for Judicial and Professional Training
Tara is a NHS Inclusion & Engagement manager covering two NHS Trusts and over 18,000 staff at one of the largest NHS organisationa in the UK. In her role she has taken on additional reaponsability as the Deputy Chair lf the Greater Manchester Public Sector Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Professionals Network..
In addition to her main role Tara works part time as a freelance consultant and is a Director of the Leadership and Inclusion firm Purple Infusion Ltd.
In 2019 Tara was included on the Northern Power House Future List of most influential and leading women in the North recognising her achievements across Health education and third sectors. Past awards have included in 2016 being shortlisted for the Excellence in Diversity Awards for her work across the NHS, in 2015 being highly commended at the national Postive Pracrice in Mental Health awards for her work across Forensic Mental Health Sevices and has appeared in the Independent on Sunday's Pink List of the top 100 most influential LGBT people in the UK.
Director of Training at Wipe Out Transphobia
Co-Convener for Schools
In her role as Director of Training, Kate has provided training and support for a number of organisations including Barnardo's, Welsh Women's Aid and the NHS. She is a trustee of Unity Group Wales, a Welsh LGBT charity, and has recently joined the committee of the LGBT education charity Schools OUT. In October 2015, Kate was invited by Stonewall Cymru to co-present the first session for them on 'Supporting Trans Staff' at their workplace conference at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
Pupil Barrister at 10KBW
Co-Convener for Immigration/Asylum
Cathy is a pupil barrister practising in her 'second six'. She intends to specialise in public law, drawing on her human rights work in Togo, West Africa, as well as her experience of immigration law in the UK. Cathy has also volunteered at Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre where she supported asylum seekers and victims of domestic violence.
Lecturer in Law at University of Bristol
Co-Convener for Health
Peter is a lecturer in law at the University of Bristol. His research focuses on gender, sexuality and law. His work has been cited by numerous public bodies, including the Equality Authority of Ireland, and the House of Commons Select Committee on Women and Equalities. Prior to entering academia, Peter worked as a human rights advocate in the United States of America and Europe. He is former board member for the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI)