Staff

Kirsty Thomson (Head of Department)

Kirsty is a qualified solicitor who has a Scottish law degree and a Masters in International Human Rights Law. She has practised as a solicitor in the department for over five years. She is a member of various advisory, operational and working groups on issues relating to gender and child-based violence. She has actively contributed to research, policy and training in these areas at local, national and European levels.

Sarah Crawford, Solicitor

Sarah has a Scottish law degree and qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in June 2010 having completed her legal traineeship with the LSA. She has worked with the department since February 2010. She has contributed to training and publications on compensation and domestic abuse including free training to Women`s Aid, women`s advocacy projects and the violence against women project in West Dumbarton. She also contributed to a text on domestic abuse and Scots law which was published in December 2011.  She has just completed a Masters in International Human Rights Law with a focus on human trafficking (particularly commercial sexual exploitation).

Helen Murray, Legal Secretary

Helen is Legal Secretary in both North Glasgow Advice Centre and LSA’s Young Persons’ Project.   She comes to LSA from a Legal Aid private sector background.

Iona Stewart, Legal Secretary

Iona has been a legal secretary in LSA for 23 years and the department`s legal secretary since 2007.

Nicola Underdown, Solicitor

Nicola has a Scottish Law Degree and qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in November 2011. She has worked with the department since July 2011. Before this, she trained with the Immigration Advisory Service in Glasgow. Before her legal career, Nicola worked with the Scottish Refugee Council as volunteer and interpreting coordinator. As part of this role, she was a member of the Scottish Government`s Translating, Interpreting and Communication Support Implementation Group. Nicola has worked with many refugee and migrant women and children who have experienced gender-based violence. She represents us on the WAIR group (sub-group of the Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership which works on issues affecting asylum seekers, refugees and migrants).

Andrew Sirel, Solicitor

Andrew Sirel is a solicitor in the Young Persons’ Project, Women and Young Persons’ Department.  He joined LSA in 2014.  He has worked in human rights law for many years and his specialism is refugee law, child law and human rights law.  Prior to Andy’s work with the LSA, he worked as a Legal Officer in the Execution of Judgements department at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, supervising the implementation of British, Irish and Cypriot judgments.  In addition to his work at LSA, he teaches Human Rights Law at the University of Glasgow and serves as Examiner for Refugee Law at the University of London.

Jennifer Dalziel, Solicitor

Jennifer Dalziel is a solicitor in the Women and Young Persons’ Department and provides legal advice, information and representation to women through the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre.  Jennifer joined LSA in 2015.  She qualified as a solicitor in August 2008, after having completed her traineeship with law firm, DLA Piper.  Jennifer then worked as solicitor and more recently as senior associate within DLA’s Litigation and Regulatory team.  During her time at DLA, Jennifer represented clients in a wide range of disputes such as judicial review, commercial property cases and complex insolvency issues.  She also regularly provided pro bono advice and assistance to both international charities and local projects.  She studied Human Rights Law to honours level.  Prior to her career as a solicitor, Jennifer volunteered with various projects promoting the education of women and girls, both locally in Glasgow and Greater Glasgow and also in Kenya.