Alastair Houston, Senior Associate/Head of Department

Alastair heads up LSA`s Housing and General Court Team. He specialises in preventing homelessness, from eviction cases to defended mortgage repossessions. He came to LSA from a private sector background and has experience of a wide range of legal areas, including criminal law.

Alastair is also a part-time judge in the First-Tier Tribunal (Housing and Property Chamber).

Kirsti Nelson, Senior 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

Vicki Pirie, Solicitor

Kasia Prochalska, Solicitor

Kasia joined LSA in September 2016, having previously worked as an advice worker at a local equalities organisation. She completed both the fast-track LLB degree and the Diploma at Glasgow University.

In her spare time, Kasia enjoys cycling, Latin dancing and learning Italian. Kasia is a fluent Polish speaker and can offer Polish-language appointments with clients.

Rona Macleod, Solicitor

Rona began her traineeship at LSA in 2016, by which time she had already worked here for a year in a number of different capacities - firstly as a volunteer in the Women & Young Persons` Department, and latterly in roles with the Seminars and Finance teams.

Rona works principally on housing and homelessness cases, and also takes on criminal injuries compensation work. She completed her law degree at Edinburgh University and her Diploma at Glasgow.

Helen McHugh, Solicitor

Seonaid Cavanagh, Trainee Solicitor

Seonaid is one of our trainee solicitors, 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.

Ben Christman, Trainee Solicitor

Ben is our newest trainee solicitor and started his traineeship in August 2018. He works in the LSA’s Glasgow and Greenock offices on homelessness and housing matters.  Ben finished his law degree in 2010. He has an LLM in environmental law and policy and a PhD in fuel poverty law.

Prior to joining the LSA, he worked as an adviser in a disability rights organisation and tutored in EU and public law at the University of Edinburgh. He has worked and volunteered for several law centres in Scotland and Northern Ireland and is a former volunteer of the LSA’s women and young person’s department.

He is a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Access to Justice Committee, an editor of the UK Environmental Law Association’s elaw newsletter and he is involved with the Scottish Environment LINK’s work on access to justice in environmental matters.

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.