Paul Yates

Paul Yates is a solicitor-advocate and Head of Freshfields' pro bono practice. He is closely involved in developing the firm’s third-party intervention practice.  In his own casework he acts for individual victims of human trafficking enforcing civil claims against their traffickers.  He also has many years' experience as an advocate in appeals for asylum seekers and failed asylum seekers seeking to enforce their (limited) legal rights to food and shelter. 

Separately, Paul is also part of Freshfields’ Global Business & Human Rights group. In this role he regularly advises corporate clients on their obligations under the Modern Slavery Act. 

Paul is also a member of the steering group and chair of the pro bono panel of the Administrative Justice Council and has been a trustee and vice chair of the Asylum Support Appeals Project. 

Recent publications include:

'CourtNav and Pro Bono in an Age of Austerity', chapter in "Access to Justice: beyond the policies and politics of austerity" ed. Palmer et al (Hart, 2016)

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015’, Freshfields briefing, 29 October 2015

'Disabling the trap: pro bono and exceptional case funding’, Legal Voice, 29 October 2015

'Third party interventions - new cost rules', Freshfields briefing, 6 May 2015

'Pro bono and moral hazard: first, do no harm', Legal Voice, 29 October 2014

Emma Mockford

Emma Mockford is a Barrister at Brick Court Chambers. She has a broad practice with a particular focus on EU law (including free movement, competition law and State aid) and public law (including human rights). She acts for and advises individuals, public authorities and NGOs and undertakes extensive pro bono work. Before transferring to the Bar in 2016, Emma worked as a solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, specialising in EU and competition litigation and public law. She has a Masters in EU Competition Law from King’s College, London and has previously spent time working in Brussels. She is interested in the constitutional and fundamental rights implications of Brexit and has written on the European Union (Withdrawal) Act.

Jason Pobjoy

Jason Pobjoy is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers, where he has a broad practice including public and human rights law, refugee and immigration law and public international law. He appears regularly in the Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Jason has published widely in the areas of refugee law, public and human rights law and is the author of “The Child in International Refugee Law" (CUP 2017). Jason has taught at the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and University of London, and was the founding chair of the Cambridge Pro Bono Project. Jason completed a Masters in Law at the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford, and a doctorate at the University of Cambridge. He was a Research Associate at the Refugee Law Project at Makerere University in Kampala, a Hauser Visiting Doctoral Researcher at New York University School of Law and is currently a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.

Duncan Price

Duncan Price is the AIRE Centre’s Treasurer and currently works as Head of Group Finance at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. He has been in legal sector finance for the last 25+ years, working with both Magic Circle, and smaller, firms. He also runs a consultancy practice, providing strategic financial advice for small and medium professional services organisations. Duncan has been a serving Magistrate in the Criminal and family Courts for the last 7 years.

Michael Quayle

Michael Quayle is a member of Freshfields' commercial dispute resolution group, specialising in EU, public, competition and human rights law.  He is a leading member of Freshfields’ Global Business and Human Rights practice and the editor of the firm’s regular blog on the topic; he has also spoken widely on business and human rights issues, including at the United Nations and the University of Oxford.  Michael has an active pro bono practice, having acted on several public interest interventions in the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal, including the recent “Dubs Amendment” litigation (R (Help Refugees) v SSHD). He contributed a chapter on procedure to “To Assist the Court: Third Party Interventions in the Public Interest” (JUSTICE, 2016). He regularly appears as an advocate before the Asylum Support Appeals Tribunal.

Jonathan Seller

Jonathan Seller is a very experienced senior Human Resources and Development professional currently heading up the HR Team for the Parliamentary Digital Service, helping to make Parliament the leading digital democracy.  He has previously been the Deputy Director of Human Resources for the House of Lords, the Director of HR for Parentline Plus and the Head of HR for the Labour Party.  He is a qualified business coach and is particularly skilled at business transformation. 

Jonathan has been involved in numerous exciting projects such as the first TUPE transfer in the Labour Party, the TUPE transfer of House of Lords staff over to the Supreme Court and his current project is helping Parliament go digital.+

Jo Shaw

Jo Shaw holds the Salvesen Chair of European Institutions at the University of Edinburgh. Her teaching and research focuses on the field of the EU constitution and institutions, particularly in socio-legal and interdisciplinary perspective. She is also Co-Director of the EUDO-Citizenship Observatory, funded by a variety of sources including the European Commission.