ALAW Officers

Hannah Brown
Hannah Brown (Solicitor)
Hannah is ALAW’s Legal and Project Manager. She works with our lawyers and NGOs to facilitate the provision of legal help, through our seminar and events program, pro bono assistance and project work. Hannah’s role at ALAW is voluntary. She is a fully qualified and experienced litigation solicitor and works as a lawyer at Lexis Nexis.

Paula Sparks
Paula Sparks (Barrister)
Paula is Chairperson of the Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare (ALAW) and a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, where she practices in clinical negligence, personal injury litigation and coronial law. Paula has also developed expertise in human rights law and has an interest in animal rights and animal welfare law. She also has experience in the voluntary sector, where she worked prior to starting independent practice as a barrister.

Alan Bates
Alan Bates (Barrister)
Alan is ALAW’s Legal and Policy Director. He is a barrister who specialises in competition, procurement, public/administrative and EU law.  From 2000 – 2001 he worked at the Law Commission, auditing the compatibility of legislation with the European Convention on Human Rights. He advises campaign organisations on Parliamentary procedure and the legal aspects of their lobbying strategies and has drafted submissions to Parliamentary select and standing committees.

Jill Williams
Jill Williams (Non-practising Solicitor)
Jill is editor of ALAW’s Journal of Animal Welfare Law. She joined ALAW as a director in 2009 and has continued to play a significant role in the group’s work. Jill has both a health and legal background. She originally trained as a nurse before qualifying as a solicitor, currently working in the field of public health in a non-legal capacity.

Jeremy Chipperfield
Jeremy Chipperfield (Barrister)
Jeremy is Co-founder of ALAW. He is a barrister and Assistant Coroner in West London and in Oxford. Jeremy’s civil liberties experience includes defending the first criminal prosecution of the new offences (re animal research organizations) under s 145/6 Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 and various proceedings relating to the activities of activists around the country; civil actions against the police and defending High Court actions and Committal applications brought by claimants including Monsanto, Huntingdon Life Sciences, John Lewis and Circus King.

Edwina Bowles
Edwina Bowles (Solicitor)
Edwina has been involved in ALAW since 2010 and helped set up the student group. She is a solicitor working as assistant legal counsel at Cruelty Free International, the leading organisation working to end animal experiments worldwide.

Simon Cox
Simon Cox (Barrister)
Simon is an Associate Tenant of Doughty Street Chambers. He is employed as the Migration Lawyer for the Open Society Justice Initiative, where he develops, implements and manages legal strategies and projects to promote the rights of international migrants worldwide. Before taking up his current post in October 2011, Simon was a tenant of Doughty Street Chambers where he acted for many civil society organisations, including Amnesty International, the AIRE Centre, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Refugee Legal Centre, Child Poverty Action Group and the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection.

Christina Warner
Christina Warner (Barrister)
Christina qualified as a solicitor advocate in 2012, cross qualifying as a barrister in 2014. With extensive experience across family, criminal and corporate immigration practices, she has worked for a variety of clients. Throughout her legal career she has also worked as a legal journalist and interpreter. Christina also regularly volunteers at the LGBT charity, Broken Rainbow, offering legal advice to those suffering and/or fleeing from domestic violence. She also sits as a magistrate.

Mike Radford, OBE LLB (Reader in Law at the University of Aberdeen)
Mike has taught and lectured on animal law widely, in addition to working extensively on the development of animal welfare law and policy with politicians, officials, veterinarians, NGOs, and other interested parties.  Mike is presently a trustee of Dogs Trust, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, and OneKind; a member of the All Party Group on Animal Welfare; and a visiting lecturer at both Edinburgh and Glasgow Vet Schools.   He was a founder member of both ALAW and the Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association.  Mike was appointed OBE in 2008 for services to animal welfare law.  He lives in the Highlands with Janet, the remnants of a flock of pet sheep, and a succession of dogs rehomed from Dogs Trust.

Abigail Scott
Abigail Scott (Law Student)
Abigail is a final year law student at the Open University based in Nottinghamshire. She is also Chair of the Open University Law Society and has taken the title of UK Environmental Law Association Junior Moot winner, alongside being awarded student prizes in employment law and European Union law from her university. Abigail combines her studies with her role as marketing manager in her family’s motorcycle dealership, Two Wheel Centre, which has recently partnered with Suzuki GB. Abigail is passionate about animal welfare issues and has been a trustee of ALAW since 2013.