Our People

Patrons

Roddy Dunlop QC

Dean of Faculty, Faculty of Advocates

Roddy has a wide and varied caseload and has appeared at every level within the Scottish civil court system. Roddy is Dean of the Faculty of Advocates and won Legal 500’s Scottish Silk of the Year in 2019.

Roddy is the only Scottish silk to be ranked in seven separate practice areas by Chambers UK, who place him as a Band 1 Silk in multiple areas. Roddy has a keen interest in promoting equality and diversity at the Scottish Bar.

Founders

Ryan Whelan

Senior Associate, Gibson Dunn

As well as being the founder of PBS, Ryan is an associate in the London and Dubai offices of Gibson Dunn. Ryan was voted LexisNexis Legal Personality of the Year (2020) and is the AllBright ChangeMaker Man (2020).

Ryan specialises in international arbitration and litigation. He has been recognised in the FT’s Innovative Lawyers list (2019), as the Law Society Gazette’s Lawyer in the News (2019), and as The Time’s Lawyer of the Week (2018).

Aideen Byrne

University of Edinburgh Law School

Aideen is the Pro Bono & Clinical Legal Education Coordinator at the University of Edinburgh’s Law School. Aideen works  to facilitate access to justice and educate tomorrow’s legal professionals. 

Aideen began her career by studying law and politics at Dublin City University before going onto assist with research addressing violent online political extremism at the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence.

Jonathan Goodyear

Board Member, Aberdeen Law Project

As well as being co-founder of PBS, Jonathan is a law student at the University of Aberdeen and intends to qualify as a solicitor. Jonathan is passionate about pro bono and particularly interested in corporate and technology law.

Jonathan was the Student Director of the award-winning student founded, led and operated Aberdeen Law Project, a pro bono organisation that educates, represents and advises the economically disadvantaged.

Steering Committee

Emma Boffey

Associate, CMS

Emma is an Associate in the litigation team of CMS, specialising in commercial dispute resolution and avoidance. During her university studies, Emma was a case manager at the Strathclyde Law Clinic.

Emma has been recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ by the Legal 500 2020 and is also ranked by Chambers & Partners. In 2019, Emma was named ‘Junior Solicitor of the Year’ at the Herald Law Awards.

Victorie-Anne Gomez-Llorens

Co-student Director, Aberdeen Law Project

Victorie-Anne, originally from France, is a student at the University of Aberdeen’s School of Law. She hopes to pursue a career in corporate law but also has a keen interest in intellectual property and medical law.

Victorie-Anne is the Deputy Student Director of the award-winning student founded, led and operated Aberdeen Law Project, a pro bono organisation that educates, represents and advises the economically disadvantaged.

Helena Siebenrock

Co-student Director, Aberdeen Law Project

Originally from Germany, Helena is a law student at the University of Aberdeen. She is passionate about social equality, particularly in regards to access to justice, and has a keen interest in human rights and environmental law.

Alongside her studies, she is actively involved in volunteering with the elderly and assisting in local animal shelters. Helena is an Assistant Deputy for the award-winning student founded, led, and operated Aberdeen Law Project.

Jamie Perriam

Director, University of Edinburgh Pro Bono Soc.

Jamie is a graduate-entry student at the University of Edinburgh Law School. He previously spent several years working in the media industry and holds an English degree from the University of St Andrews.

Jamie is the first Director of the University of Edinburgh’s Pro Bono Society, a student group dedicated to improving access to justice and clinical legal education opportunities for other students.

Leigh Gapinski

Legal Counsel, Thought Machine

Leigh is commercial counsel for Thought Machine, a fintech startup. Leigh is responsible for a variety of commercial contracts relating to their product as well as providing day to day legal support to the entire business globally.

Prior to moving in house, Leigh worked as an associate at Linklaters where she built up international experience working in both London and Singapore on complex transactional projects and advisory matters.

James Anderson

Former Student Director, Strathclyde Law Clinic

James recently graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Diploma in legal practice having previously completed the LLB. James is the former Student Director of the award-winning University of Strathclyde Law Clinic.

James is incredibly passionate about access to justice and is heavily involved with the Scottish University Law Clinic Network, an organisation that brings together and supports law clinics across Scotland.

Eilidh McDermott

Dep. Dir., University of Edinburgh Pro Bono Soc.

Eilidh is a final year LLB student at the University of Edinburgh and is deputy director of the University’s Pro Bono Society. Eilidh has a keen interest in raising awareness of the importance of access to justice.

Eilidh is particularly passionate about providing free legal services to those in marginalised communities. In her free time Eilidh has been actively involved in providing EU settlement scheme support as a volunteer.

Ruth Douglas

Head of Legal Policy, Charity Comm. for E&W

Ruth worked for with the Civil Service working in the Scottish Government, Ministry of Justice, Department of Health and for the Advocate General for Scotland before joining the Charity Commission for E&W as a Senior Lawyer.

Ruth has a keen interest in pro bono and is involved in a range of different volunteer roles. Ruth volunteered at the CAB whilst at the University of Glasgow and was an adviser at Edinburgh’s FLAC during her Diploma.

Amy Walsh

Senior Associate, Harper Macleod

Amy joined Harper Macleod’s newly formed Business Development team in 2012 where she is now a senior associate. Amy specialises in identifying and implementing new business opportunities and strategies within the firm.

Amy sits on the Law Society of Scotland’s subcommittees for both Complaints and Practicing Certificates and also tutors on the Commercial Awareness course on the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow.

Kirstie Webb

Trainee Solicitor

Kirstie recently gained her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Strathclyde. During her time at university, Kirstie was the Student Director at Strathclyde’s award-winning  law clinic.

Kirstie has always been extremely passionate about helping those most in need and hopes to continue to play a part in increasing and providing access to justice in her role as a trainee solicitor.

Seonaid Stevenson-McCabe

Lecturer in Law, Glasgow Caledonian University

Seonaid is a lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University. In this role she supports the Law Clinic and works on a number of projects using law for the common good. She has a particular interest in public interest litigation in Scotland.

Seonaid has a master’s in International Law and previously worked at the ICC in the Netherlands.  She is also the co-founder of RebLaw Scotland, a movement which uses law as a tool for social justice.