Advice Line: 028 9024 4401

Meet the Team

Working to secure social welfare rights...

Bridget Corr

Welfare Reform Adviser

Bridget advises on the welfare changes and guides clients through the appeals process as well as providing representation at Social Security Appeal Tribunal hearings.

Catherine Harper

Legal Officer (Health and Social Care)

Catherine advises clients on social care (community care) law. Catherine’s work on the landmark judicial review test case (JR47) changed the interpretation of Article 15 Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972.

Ciara Fitzpatrick

Information and Communications Officer / Research and Policy Officer

Ciara is responsible for communicating and informing the public, media, politicians and other important stakeholders about the work of Law Centre (NI). Ciara authors the Law Centre Social Security Bulletin and other Law Centre publications.

Jennifer Greenfield

Deputy Director

Jennifer is a member of the Law Centre’s Senior Management Team. She is responsible for the management and day to day operation of Law Centre’s legal and policy and for quality regulation.

Julie Wilkinson

Financial Controller

Julie manages the finance function within the organisation. Having completed her Institute of Accounting Technicians Ireland qualifications in 2007 she has over 10 years experience in financial control within the voluntary and charity sector.

Louise Togneri

Training Manager

Louise is responsible for managing the development and delivery of training for Law Centre members and others. Louise has many years’ experience in the development and delivery of training and adult learning, working previously for Housing Rights and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Michael Black

Legal Officer (Social Security)

Michael provides specialist social security legal advice and representation for the advice sector and to individuals. He provides representation at Commissioner Appeals and in the higher courts.

Owen McCloskey

Legal Officer (Social Security)

Owen supports the advice network in Northern Ireland with advice on complex social security law issues. Owen’s work focuses on taking and representing clients at Commissioner Appeals and in the higher courts on strategic legal points.

Patricia Southern

Legal Officer (Health and Social Care)

Patricia has over sixteen years experience in community care and human rights law. She advises and assists individuals and Law Centre members with a wide range of community care legal issues and has initiated a number of successful judicial reviews challenges.

Ronnie Vellem

Welfare Reform Advisor

Ronnie advises on the welfare changes and guides clients through the appeals process as well as providing representation at Social Security Appeal Tribunal hearings.

Ursula O'Hare

Director

Ursula O’Hare is Director at Law Centre NI. Ursula began her career as a welfare rights student volunteer at Gingerbread NI before moving into academic and policy work, joining the Law Centre to lead on policy development in 2006

Rachael Jeffers

Training Support Officer

Rachael assists with the development and delivery of training for Law Centre members and others. Rachael comes from an advice background, having several years experience of providing advice on social security and employment issues, as well as assisting and providing representation at Social Security Appeal Tribunal hearings.

Julia Walsh

Legal Officer (Immigration and Asylum)

Julia is a specialist immigration solicitor with over 9 years’ experience in immigration and human rights law. Her role at the Law Centre is to provide advice to individuals and advice agencies on complex immigration law matters.