Trans Equality Legal Initiative
Trans Equality Legal Initiative

Our team

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.

Jess Bradley

Director of Action for Trans Health

 

Co-Convener for Prisons

 

Jess is the Director of Action for Trans Health, the UK's largest campaign for democratic trans healthcare, where she runs a health advocacy programme. She is a qualified health impact assessor who recently gave evidence in the Select Committee's Inquiry into Trans Equality.

Michelle Brewer

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.

Allan Briddock

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.

David Bufton 

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.

Tara Hewitt 

NHS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

 

Co-Convener for Health

Co-Convener for Judicial and Professional Training

 

Tara is a NHS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at the largest NHS Hospital Trust in the UK. She also works as a Diversity Consultant delivering support to organisations across Health, Education and the third sector. In 2016, Tara was shortlisted for the Excellence in Diversity Awards for her work across the NHS and has previously appeared in the Independent on Sunday's Pink List of the top 100 most influential LGBT people in the UK.

Kate Hutchinson

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.

Cathy Jaquiss

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.

 

Peter Dunne

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)

 

Anna Morris

Barrister at Garden Courth North Chambers

 

 

Co-Convener for Judicial and Professional Training

 

 

 

 

 

Louise McCudden

Freelance Writer and NHS Communications Professional

 

Media Officer

 

 

 

 

 

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