About us

Black Protest Legal Support are a group of lawyers and non-lawyers who know that peaceful protests are a vital part of any democratic citizen’s political engagement. The Black Lives Matter protests in London and throughout the UK allowed millions of people to show their anger at the state of racial inequalities in our country and across the world.

We believe that no one should be silenced in these protests by the police, or any intimidating legal concerns. Our committee members, and the large network of like-minded lawyers and volunteers who have joined us, are working to provide legal advice and support to any Black Lives Matter protesters. We particularly look to help those who cannot afford legal representation or access legal aid.

Our Committee

Ife Thompson

Founder

Ife is a community- based activist, writer and Barrister and the founder of two civil society organisations; BLAM UK and Black Protest Legal Support UK.

Ife works on projects that centre and improve the outcomes of people of African descent in the UK. She is also passionate about supporting young people and giving them the holistic tools to navigate within society.

James Aiken

Paralegal

James is a qualified solicitor, specialising in civil litigation. He initially joined BPLS as a Legal Observer at BLM marches in London and now assists with litigation casework and helps connect our pro bono lawyers with clients. He also runs the BPLS blog, and researches and drafts advice articles.

Prior to joining BPLS, James worked on a variety of projects focused on advancing social justice and policy reform in the UK legal system with Justice, Liberty and Amnesty International. He has provided legal advice and support, written a range of articles on topics from homelessness to strategic litigation, and contributed to policy reports and parliamentary briefings. 

Audrey Cherryl Mogan

Barrister

Audrey is a criminal defence, public law and human rights barrister at Garden Court Chambers, a leading human rights chambers in London.

She has particular expertise in protest law, having defended Extinction Rebellion, Stonehenge, Heathrow Pause and animal rights activists and has given training on key issues in protest law. Her Crown Court and youth court practice spans a broad range of work including, the representation of vulnerable children and young people accused of serious offences, victims of trafficking and defendants with complex mental health issues.

Prior to coming to the Bar she worked in the NGO sector for ten years and has a background in European human rights law and conflict prevention.

Brenda Efurhievwe

BPLS Committee Member

Brenda is a Legal Consultant, human rights activist and an unregistered barrister. Over the last decade she has worked with a number of UK and international NGOs engaged in human rights work.

Her research interests focus on refugee law, immigration law, LGBTQ+ rights and racial justice. Brenda is currently providing remote assistance as a Volunteer Asylum Lawyer with European Lawyers in Lesvos, while continuing to act in the organising committee of Black Protest Legal Support. 

Brenda is due to commence her LL.M. at Columbia University in January 2021.

Monique Bouffé

BPLS Committee Member

Monique is an Advice and Information Officer at Liberty, providing free information on human rights to the public. She joined BPLS because of her commitment to access to justice, particularly for racialised groups.

Monique has worked in human rights and legal advocacy for five years. She has worked in Cairo, Egypt, providing pro bono representation to asylum seekers, and in London, providing legal advice and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence at Southall Black Sisters and victims of trafficking at Safer London. She also regularly volunteers for Crisis at Christmas and is an active member of the LGBTQ community. Monique commences pupillage at Outer Temple Chambers in September 2021.

Fatima Jichi

Pupil Barrister

Fatima is a pupil barrister at Garden Court Chambers and specialises in actions against the police and criminal defence. She has a particular interest in youth justice, and cases involving victims of trafficking and complex mental health issues. She is also building a practice in protest law.

Prior to joining the Bar, Fatima was a Senior Medical Statistician at University College London, with an expertise in mental health research. Her community engagement work inspired her to retrain as barrister focusing on social justice issues. She is the legal affairs editor of an online comment site, The Platform, which advances marginalised narratives.

Zehrah Hasan

Pupil Barrister

Zehrah is a pupil barrister at Garden Court Chambers. Her legal practice centres around migrants’ rights, racial justice, state accountability, trans and queer liberation, and gender equality.

She previously worked on the Policy and Campaigns Team at Liberty. There she led their women’s rights work, as well as working on issues such as oppressive policing towards migrant communities and discriminatory police technologies such as facial recognition, mobile phone extraction and algorithmic decision-making.

Prior to this, Zehrah worked in legal roles at Southall Black Sisters and the London Black Women’s Project, where she assisted Black and other racially minoritised survivors of domestic abuse.

Zehrah is also currently Equality and Diversity Officer for Legal Sector Workers United and sits on the Executive Committee for the Human Rights Lawyers Association. She is a founding member of Black Protest Legal Support and remains active on the organising committee. Zehrah manages many of our media enquiries and works with the team on strategic litigation.

Queenie Djan

BPLS Committee Member

Queenie graduated from University of Nottingham with a BA (Hons) in Law. She is currently studying the Bar Professional Training Course at BPP University and is due to start pupillage in October 2020.

She is particularly interested in criminal and human rights law. She is passionate about improving the racial disparity at the Bar and working to help protect the most vulnerable in society.

She joined BPLS to be able to help promote social justice and actively support the BLM movement.

Callum Lynch

Legal Observer Coordinator

Callum is a Law LLB and International Human Rights Law LLM graduate with substantial and varied experience working within numerous human rights organisations. He is also a member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association’s Executive Committee.

As Legal Observer Coordinator for BPLS, Callum leads and organises Legal Observers at ongoing protests for racial justice.

Before joining BPLS, Callum was a Legal Consultant for the Human Dignity Trust, working on LGBT+ rights litigation internationally. Prior to this, Callum undertook internships and volunteered with various human rights organisations, including Liberty, Detention Action, Prisoners’ Advice Service and REDRESS.


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