We are delighted to introduce Law for Life associates. Our team have a wealth of experience in the field of public legal education; they are expert popular educators, writers and trainers who have worked in the design, delivery and evaluation of public legal education programmes in all sorts of settings.

Clare Shirtcliff

Clare Shirtcliff trained and worked as a solicitor specialising in family law with a background in Law Centres and CLS consultancy, she also has extensive experience in law-related education in the adult learning sector. Claire has devised and taught PLE courses linked to family and social welfare law such as ‘Dealing with Debt ‘and Women and the Law as a tutor for South Wales Workers Education Association. Clare also worked in Adult and Community Education teaching English as a Second Language and incorporated law-related education for migrants and new arrivals.

Clare has managed public legal education projects including ‘Progress toward Equality: reaching out to Communities’ managing and supporting local and national providers to deliver PLE on discrimination issues. She has a developed and assessed monitoring mechanisms and helped design PLE evaluations in a number of contexts. Clare has written and produced a range of publications including ‘Going to Court’ guides for self-represented litigants in association with the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau.

Tony Thorpe

Tony Thorpe

Tony has worked in public legal education for thirty years, initially as member of the Law Society’s Law in Education Project, designed to develop the nature and extent of law-related education in schools. Tony was one of the founding members of the Citizenship Foundation, and the members of staff there who focussed on the development of law-related education.

Tony has written 20 textbooks and guides to the law. His publications include ‘A Guide to the law for refugees and asylum seekers’ and the ‘Young citizens passport’ (amongst others) and he has written and developed teaching materials in the UK, Russia and Georgia. Tony has extensive skills in developing and implementing law-related programmes in both formal and informal teaching settings. He has designed programmes for a wide range of audiences through work with BBC and broadcasters, human rights organisations, schools and universities and many others.

David Thomas

DDavid is a solicitor who practised in the legal aid sector for about 30 years, until September 2013. During that time he gained experience in many areas of legal practice, latterly specialising in housing law and related public law and human rights. In 2011 he was selected as Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (Social Welfare category). He is now studying for a PhD in law at the School of Law, Birkbeck College, and teaching law to undergraduates there; he has a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education.

He has been working with Law for Life helping to design and deliver training since 2016.

Janette McCulloch


Janette’s background is NHS management, private health care and the not-for-profit sector, where she worked for Age Concern for 6 years as a senior manager. Self-employed since 1995, she has been engaged as a facilitator & project manager in both large-scale strategic organisational development programmes, and in much smaller innovative projects in a variety of settings including Higher Education, health and the criminal justice system.

Janette’s particular experience lies in capacity-building with small organisations; helping people translate strategy into day to day work; and supporting teams to work most effectively. In 2002 Janette was a member of the Imperial College research team which published a guide for the NHS Facilitating Learning & Innovation in Primary Care Organisations.

Janette’s main interests are training and conflict resolution; she has worked in community mediation since 2005 (including with young people at risk of gang violence in London) and runs a successful workplace mediation practice. In her spare time she teaches mindfulness meditation, both at home and in corporate settings.

Davina Adamson

DA - biog photoHas extensive experience of advice and information provision within the voluntary sector for over 20 years. As Senior Adviser at Help the Aged she was responsible for providing public legal information and advice, as well as delivering training and mentoring to staff and volunteers. As Advice and Casework Manager for a charity called Ownership Options, which specialised in providing technical welfare benefits and housing advice, she was responsible for delivering training and legal guidance to local authority and housing association staff, as well as commissioning, editing and writing information guides for the public.

She currently works as a freelance writer, copyeditor and researcher into public policy and law around welfare benefits, welfare reform, social care and housing. As a freelancer, she has written, edited and evaluated public guides and factsheets for several organisations, including Age Scotland, Age UK and Independent Age. She has also written research reports and briefings for NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and HSEU (Housing Support Enabling Unit).

Davina’s skills are in copyediting and writing public information clearly and plainly for diverse audiences. She has considerable experience in information design and, more recently, has undertaken training in knowledge and information management.

Karen Kirkwood

Karen Kirkwood

Karen is the Artistic Director of Theatre ADAD. Theatre ADAD is an issue based Theatre In Education Company that specialises in using interactive techniques to explore issues. ADAD’s central ethos is to make learning an active experience, combining elements of performance, discussion, role-play and active participation to make learning fun, dynamic and ultimately effective.

Karen’s skills are in creating interactive theatre-based, workshops and training. She is a trained facilitator, but also oversees staff on projects from conception to delivery. She has extensive experience of working with a diversity of groups from adult training for professionals (teachers, social workers, prison officers etc), to community groups, prisoners and older people. She also works regularly with young people in mainstream education, with those who have been excluded from mainstream, with those with special educational needs and with young offenders.

Andy Naylor

andy-naylor-picAndy is a freelance facilitator and presenter. Over the last few years he has written and delivered workshops in primary schools, secondary schools and pupil referral units across Lambeth and Southwark, In HMYOI Feltham and HMP Wormwood Scrubs as part of a Victim Awareness Course run by Victim Support and to “A level” students across London for a company that delivers workshops on improving mindset and concentration.

Andy performed stand up and sketch comedy at the Edinburgh fringe festival. He currently runs his own business “Bespoke Speeches”.


Jamie Kelsey Fry

jamie-copyJamie has spent 20 years teaching in UK secondary schools. He has written the critically acclaimed Citizenship Education GCSE textbook ‘The Rax Active Citizenship Toolkit’ and writes a regular column for Citizenship Teaching magazine. He has provided scores of active citizenship workshops in schools and youth organizations across the country including Kids Company in London, Make It Happen in Great Yarmouth and the Belarus Free Theatre youth group in Falmouth, is a regular visiting lecturer for colleges on social pedagogy and has sat on several panels as a thought leader in education and activism.

Jamie has been contributing editor for veteran multi award winning global justice magazine New Internationalist for six years and in that capacity has become a popular news pundit with over 60 appearances on mainstream media.

Jamie has been involved in many of the major national grassroots campaigns in the UK including the national Occupy movement, Talk Fracking, Disabled People Against Cuts, UK Uncut and Reclaim The Power. He has also worked closely with several small communities including founding the award winning Cyrus House TRA in East London and the volunteer run A4 Youth Club.

Published: 26 November 2018

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