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Meet Our Trustees

South West London Law Centres is managed by an independent Board of Directors, which is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting from members of the public, or co-opted as necessary in accordance with our organisation’s Articles of Association. 


The Board of Directors is required to have regard to the independent status of the Law Centre (as are all members of staff).


The Board of Directors has overall managerial responsibility for the Law Centre, its staff group, the services that are provided and all other legal responsibilities of the organisation.  In practice, the staff are responsible for day-to-day management, subject to review and approval by the Board of Directors.


The Board of Directors usually meets every two months for formal meetings and at other times as necessary.


The Constitution

SWLLCs constitution is available upon request.


The Board of Directors elected to serve in 2017-2018 are:

Allan Blake : Chair

Allan was Group HR Director, Managing Director, Director, Chairman and Accountable Manager of UK, Australian and Russian aviation companies within the Bristow Helicopter Group from 2000 to 2016, overseeing a fleet of 47 aircraft and 950 staff for the last 7 years based in Australia. He transitioned into the private sector after an academic career Lecturing in Law at the University of Central Lancashire for 11 years and Head of the Law Faculty, Deputy Dean and Dean of Leeds Business School at Leeds Beckett University for 10 years.  Allan’s other Non Executive roles include:

  • Co-opted Director/ Company Secretary, Family Mediation Council, 2017 - present
  • Founder Member of the Legal Aid Board, 1988-93
  • Chair, Preston Free Legal Information Service, 1974-87
  • Management Committee, Legal Action Group, 1984-88
  • Chair, Chorley Rights centre, 1982-84.

Allan was a Management Consultant in the PA Consulting Group for two years advising family companies, entrepreneur companies, multinationals and charities on their growth, structures and change management plans. He currently writes and consults on aviation and has various publications including Dynamic Directors, Aligning Board Structure for Business Success (1999 & 2014) Palgrave Macmillan.




Peter Greig: Treasurer: Treasurer

Was appointed   to the Board in 2011, and has recently taken on the role of Treasurer. Peter is a Chartered Accountant who has extensive experience with law centres. He was Honorary Auditor of Brent Community Law Centre and has acted as auditor in the past for a number of other Law Centres. Peter has worked in a senior role in several posts within the voluntary and government sectors, most recently as Director of Special Projects in the Finance Services directorate of the Metropolitan Police and as Budget manager at the Greater London Authority. His previous posts include Finance Director of Centrepoint and Financial Controller of the Arts Council.


Peter has always combined his employment with voluntary sector work and as well as the Law Centre is also currently on the Board of the Ridiculusmus Theatre Company. 

John Linwood

John joined the Board in June 2014. He qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and in 1985 became a partner in City and International firm Trowers & Hamlins, specialising in litigation and arbitration in the private sector - especially in the Middle East - and public sector - housing.  Until his retirement in Dec 2013 he was head of the Dispute Resolution department and also a longstanding member of the firm's management board. Earlier in 2013 John was appointed as a Deputy District Judge sitting in London County Courts. He is also a member of the Human Resources sub committee.

Sarah Towler

Sarah was appointed to the Board in 2014. She is a partner in the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence team at Russell-Cooke LLP. Sarah manages five pro-bono personal injury and clinical negligence drop-in clinics at law centres and advises clients on a wide range of claims, including cases involving misdiagnosis of symptoms, negligent operations, road traffic accidents, work accidents and tripping accidents. Sarah also has a particular interest in claims against local authorities regarding failure to care for vulnerable adults and children.

Marion Edge

Marion joined the board in 2015. She is a solicitor advocate with a background in commercial disputes. She currently works for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP where she manages their pro bono practice for the UK, US and EMEA. Using technology to support pro bono work in the access to justice field is a particular interest. She has lived in South West London for over 25 years. In her previous role as a commercial disputes lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP she was responsible for managing a number of their pro bono schemes including their Tuesday evening legal advice clinic at Tooting and then Croydon Law Centre where she was a regular advisor. Marion is also a member of the UK board of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

Clara Clint

Clara is a Trainee Solicitor at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP and is currently based in their Charities team. Prior to this Clara worked in project management at national charities such as Citizens Advice, Mind and The Prince's Trust. In her last role, Clara was the Contract Manager for the Witness Service which supports witnesses in all criminal courts in England and Wales. 


Claire Gilbert: Trustee

Olivier Ribert: Trustee

Olivier was appointed to the Board in February 2019. He has in excess of 25 years of experience comprising many facets of property investment and management, fund management, private banking, financial portfolio management and commercial banking. He is currently Managing Director of Poune Asset Management, a boutique consultancy firm dealing with property investment funds and High Net Worth Individuals.


Since 2008 Olivier has been involved in the following charitable activities:

* Since 2019: SWLLC, Trustee

* 2017-18: Advice4Renters, Chair

* Since 2016: Citizens Advice, Financial Capability Trainer

* Since 2014: job coach for young professionals working in the City

* 2011-2016: Hope Meets Art, Co-founder - CFO - head of corporate fund raising