OUR STAFF

Our professional and committed team is here to offer expert legal advice and representation.

Adrian Cooper

Adrian is the longest serving member of staff at the Law Centre. Over the years, he has worked in different areas of law, such as employment, immigration and welfare benefits. He currently specialises in welfare benefits. Adrian focuses on complex welfare benefits cases to the Upper Tribunal, people from abroad, and over payments. He takes a friendly and positive approach to all his work and is highly commended by his clients. Prior to joining the Law Centre, Adrian worked at Nucleus Advice Agency.

Barry Mills

Barry has worked as an employment caseworker for many years. He previously worked at Greenwich Law Centre as the supervisor for the employment contract with the Legal Advice Agency. Barry specialises in disciplinary and grievance proceedings. He has considerable experience of advising and representing clients at tribunals. He is also a training supervisor and has run a number of training sessions, including to Norton Rose trainee solicitors.

Franck Kiangala

Senior Management Team

Franck is our Immigration Solicitor and Director. Franck worked at NKLC between 2005 and 2009 before leaving to practice law in New Zealand and rejoined the Law Centre staff in January 2019. In 2021, Annie Campbell Viswanathan left to head up a large immigration charity and Franck is now head of operations.

Thalatha Wickramasinghe

Senior supervising solicitor

Thalatha is a Housing Solicitor with many years’ experience. Additionally, she has also worked in Child Care Law, Conveyancing and Civil Litigation. Prior to working at NKLC, Thalatha was the Senior Solicitor at Greenwich Law Centre. She has dealt with many cases in the County Court, as well as Judicial Reviews in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. She also has a great deal of supervisory experience working with trainee solicitors and volunteers, and is the current training principal for trainee solicitors at the Law Centre.

Cassim Yacoobali

Cassim is a solicitor with extensive experience of dealing with a range of immigration, asylum and nationality matters both in Law Centres and private practice.

He has Level 2 accreditation plus supervisory status which means that he is fully qualified to deal with matters relating to immigration and nationality.

Cassim assists clients who are not eligible for Legal Aid on a low-cost fee paying basis.

Mckenzie Webster

Voluntary Crime Unit Solicitor

Mckenzie trained as a lawyer in Massachusetts, USA before moving to the UK where she was added to the roll as a solicitor. She is experienced working in criminal defence and joined the law centre staff in August 2018.

Richard Gowthorpe

Richard joined the Law Centre in April 2017 when we were awarded a Crime contract by the Legal Aid Agency. He is currently part of our voluntary crime unit. 

Brianna Hendry

Brianna is our Finance Manager. She ensures that our finances are in order so we can continue to serve the community for many years to come.

Piret Akkerman

IAAS & OISC Level 2 Senior Immigration Caseworker 

Shilpa Caute 

IAAS & OISC Level 2 Senior Immigration Caseworker 

Shirl Wong 

Immigration Solicitor 

Alero Hart 

Legal Triage Coordinator/IT & Media Policy Coordinator 

Emmy Todd

Immigration Homeless Project Link Caseworker 

Mariam Abul-Essad 

Legal Administrator