Staff

Alastair Houston, Senior Associate/Head of Department

Alastair is the solicitor for LSA’s Inverclyde and Housing Rights Project based in Greenock.   He specialises in preventing homelessness: homelessness law, defended landlord and tenant evictions and defended mortgage repossessions.   He came to LSA from a private sector background with a wide range of experience, including criminal law.

Kirsti Nelson, Solicitor

Kirsti is the Depute Head of the Housing and General Court Team. She joined LSA in June 2014 after working as a civil litigation solicitor in private practice. She has experience in advising clients who are homeless to challenge decisions made by local authorities, and has also assisted many clients facing eviction to keep their homes. She has worked on a number of damages actions for clients whose homes were in a state of disrepair which their landlords failed to fix, and has secured a number of financial settlements for those clients. Kirsti also works on criminal injuries compensation cases, and is the principal solicitor in a case that has reached the UK Supreme Court.

Kirsti has spoken at several conferences about discrimination law and how it can be used by housing practitioners. She is further developing this area by raising arguments concerning equalities and human rights in her cases.

Hannah Goldsmith, Solicitor

Siobhan Johnston, Solicitor

Vicki Pirie, Trainee Solicitor

Kasia Prochalska, Trainee Solicitor

Rona Macleod, Trainee Solicitor

Seonaid Cavanagh, Trainee Solicitor

Seonaid is our newest trainee solicitor, having joined in May 2018. Working mainly from LSA`s Greenock office, she meets with most of the clients that attend the Greenock drop-in on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She also attends the helpdesk at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

After gaining her law degree in 2012, Seonaid spent some time working as an advocacy worker. She then took up a post as a caseworker at a fellow Glasgow law centre, where she worked in education law and in the prevention of homelessness. She has a Master`s degree in human rights law.

Jacqueline O`Donnell, Paralegal

Jacqueline is responsible for managing LSA`s in-court advice desk and representation service (preventing eviction projects). She comes to LSA from a statutory sector background.