Our staff and volunteers
Estelle has been a committed campaigner and advocate supporting women’s rights for over 20 years. Prior to joining Rights of Women in 2016, she predominantly worked in charitable organisations whose work focused on gender and race equality and human rights. These roles have supported organisational models that embrace the delivery of free independent advice alongside outreach, campaign and policy work addressing issues arising from evidence-based casework. She has led on work that increases access to justice, challenges discrimination and seeks greater institutional accountability, particularly in relation to people from BMER (black, minority ethnic and refugee) backgrounds. This has included long-term supportive work with families seeking justice in relation to deaths in police custody. She has 10 years experience of strategic and operational management as the former Director of the anti-racist charity Newham Monitoring Project. She is a co-founder of the campaigning umbrella group Netpol.
Mandip manages and delivers our family and criminal law services and projects including the Ascent Project and is the author of our publication, Child arrangements and domestic violence: a handbook for women. She is a qualified solicitor. Having previously worked in private practice focusing primarily on domestic violence and the law relating to children, she has developed an acute understanding of the challenges facing women who have experienced domestic violence.
Olive delivers legal advice to women on the Rights of Women family law advice line. She is highly experienced in delivering training around legal issues affecting women to professionals in the VAWG sector. She is a qualified solicitor and has practiced criminal law and family law. She previously worked in private practice representing a wide range of vulnerable people including victims of domestic violence. Her career has focused on children law, in particular, care proceedings and she was an accredited member of the Law Society’s children panel. Before joining Rights of Women, she briefly worked at a local authority gaining insight into their decision making processes.
Hannah delivers legal advice to women on the Rights of Women criminal law advice line. She is a qualified barrister and previously practised criminal law before moving into policy and campaigning around justice and human rights. Prior to joining ROW, she led Liberty’s work on technology and civil liberties. She has also worked as a prison law caseworker and the Assistant Director of a children’s rights charity.
Sophie delivers legal advice to women on the Rights of Women family law advice line. She is a qualified solicitor, originally training and practising in the commercial sector. Before joining Rights of Women, Sophie worked for a domestic abuse charity providing advice and support to women survivors in a range of areas, including family and criminal justice.
Jo Shaw (Joanna) delivers legal advice on the Rights of Women family law advice lines. She was called to the Bar in 2000 and has practiced in family law, housing, employment and, by the end of her career at the Bar was an exclusively family practitioner, with a broad practice including public law (care proceedings), private law including Child Arrangements Orders, financial applications and injunctions. Jo has a wide experience of campaigning, policy and training and development, and enjoys all these aspects of her work at RoW. She is a Trustee/Director of the Parliament Project, which encourages, trains and supports women to seek elected office, and was Vice Chair of Liberty, the civil liberties organisation. She is an experienced personal development coach and enjoys knitting, (occasional) running and meditation.
Jasbindar manages and delivers our immigration and asylum law services and projects including the Athena Project. She is a qualified solicitor with experience practising in family and immigration law. She has specialised in immigration law for the past 8 years and has advised vulnerable women including those affected by domestic violence with respect to their immigration status. Jasbindar previously worked at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and is an Accredited Supervisor under the Law Society Accreditation Scheme.
Nicole delivers legal advice to women on our immigration and asylum law advice line as part of our Athena Project. She is a qualified solicitor specialising in immigration and asylum law. She has a wide range of experience working with vulnerable refugees and other migrants in both the not for profit sector and private practice including at the Refugee Council. In addition to legal practice, Nicole has a training background and delivers many of our immigration law training courses.
Amy delivers legal advice to women on the Rights of Women Immigration and Asylum law advice line and the EU Settlement Scheme advice line. Amy is a qualified solicitor specialising in immigration and asylum law. She has worked as a legal representative since 2001, advising and representing clients in various aspects of their immigration matters, including asylum and human rights’ claims and entry clearance applications. In addition to advice and casework, Amy has developed and provided training about various aspects of immigration law.
Smita is an experienced immigration solicitor having practiced since 1992. She began working with ROW as a volunteer in 2017 on their immigration and asylum advice line and has been a part time legal officer since July 2019.
Deeba joined Rights of Women in 2019 to set up a brand-new employment law advice line for women experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, funded by TIME’S UP UK the Justice and Equality Fund, managed by the Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls. Deeba is a qualified solicitor, originally training in the financial sector and now specialising in employment law. She is an experienced equality and women’s rights campaigner and activist. She has previously worked in politics, communications and the charity sector.
Jessye joined Rights of Women in November 2019 to develop strategic communications to change the public narrative around sexual harassment. In collaboration with TIME’S UP UK and Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, this work aims to challenge harmful assumptions around sexual harassment and improve access to justice for the women who experience it. Jessye has a BA in Politics and International Relations and a MSc in Development Studies, with focus on human rights, asylum, gender and post-colonial studies. Jessye has previous experience campaigning and advocating for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and has volunteered in the political and charity sectors.
Rosemarie is responsible for the financial administration of the organisation. She works closely with the Director, developing and monitoring project budgets and preparing reports for our Board and funders. She is also responsible for minute taking at all Board meetings. Rosemarie has many years’ experience working in financial management in the not for profit sector and also works upstairs in our building with Maternity Action.
Rosa is responsible for the smooth running of the office, managing databases and reports and coordinating our volunteers across our programmes. Originally from Peru, Rosa has been working and volunteering in the sector for many years as a helpline volunteer and VAWG advocacy coordinator in domestic abuse charities and as a policy assistant in an international charity. Rosa has a BA in Social Communication. In her spare time Rosa enjoys photography and gardening.
Our volunteer legal advisers are women solicitors and barristers practicing in our core areas of law: family, criminal and immigration and asylum. They are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or Bar Standards Board and hold full practising certificates. They attend a compulsory advice line skills training course before beginning to advise on our advice lines.
“I volunteer at Rights of Women because I think that the recent legal aid cuts have disproportionately affected women and children and limit their access to justice. I believe that Rights of Women has an important role to play in the education and empowerment of women and that all women should be able to get legal advice on issues that affect them.
I enjoy being part of an organisation that strives to help women and I enjoy knowing from the feedback that I receive that I have helped someone to feel better and more knowledgeable about their situation. I think others should volunteer because this is a service which is desperately needed and I think they will get a huge amount of satisfaction from volunteering.”
Lauren, family law solicitor and Volunteer Legal Adviser
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Our office volunteers support our office administration and the delivery of our services for women. During their placements with us, they have the opportunity to get involved in a range of activities and provide invaluable support to our work.
“The one month volunteering I did with Rights of Women has been invaluable to me. It showed me a different side of the legal profession that I had never before explored. It also exposed me to a great range of legal situations, scenarios and areas of the law I had never considered. Working with Rights of Women actually helped me feel like something I was a part of was having a real and positive effect on someone else’s life.”
Aimee, law student and former office volunteer
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