DLA Piper has announced the appointment of Mike Wakefield as Pro Bono director Middle East, Annette Bain as Pro Bono counsel Asia and Lamin Khadar and Courtney Adamson as Pro Bono associates in Amsterdam and Melbourne respectively. The firm has also appointed Daniel D'Ambrosio in London, who joins as the firm's first dedicated business and human rights lawyer.
Mike has extensive experience in legal education, law reform and access to justice the Middle East and North Africa . Mike is a long-standing volunteer at the DIFC Pro Bono Legal Clinic, which provides free legal advice to individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford it. He received an award for his outstanding contribution to the DIFC Pro Bono Legal Clinic in 2015. Mike is also a strong proponent of the role of continuing legal education and law reform in promoting access to justice and the rule of law and has lead on a number of these projects across the Middle East.
Annette joins the Hong Kong office to grow the firm's pro bono programme in Asia and to mentor and develop the next generation of Asian pro bono leaders. She will expand regional pro bono initiatives designed to commit significant resources to tackling major social issues, including access to justice, domestic violence and child protection. Annette is regarded as one of the world's leading pro bono lawyers and also brings significant expert on women's rights, having worked with women's organizations on a range of issues for most of her career. Annette joins from a pro bono and corporate responsibility consultancy and was previously Head of Pro Bono and Community at Herbert Smith Freehills.
Lamin Khadar will join the Amsterdam office to support regional pro bono initiatives across Continental Europe. Lamin co-founded and ran a “skilled volunteering” NGO. He has a keen interest in social justice and clinical legal education, having directed the HEC-NYU EU Public Interest Clinic. As part of a Fulbright Award, Lamin spent time working with the Global Public Interest Law Network in New York. He is completing a PhD on public interest law in Europe.
Courtney Adamson joins the Melbourne office to provide support on the firm's Australian pro bono initiatives. Courtney has a keen interest in indigenous law, having worked with the UNSW Indigenous Law Centre and with the Aboriginal Legal Service in Sydney. Courtney's pro bono experience includes conducting a national Civil Legal Aid review and providing advice to UNAIDS and UNESCO.
As the firm's first dedicated business and human rights lawyer, Daniel D'Ambrosio supports partners in each key sector to provide advice and training to senior executives, in house counsel and boards on managing risks linked with adverse human rights impacts. He has previous experience working with leading global law firms, NGOs and at the United Nations Human Rights Council. He has academic experience at King’s College London and Harvard University.
Nicolas Patrick, Pro Bono partner and Head of Responsible Business at DLA Piper, said the appointments reflected the firm's unparalleled commitment to promoting access to justice and the rule of law. "These appointments will ensure DLA Piper remains a global pro bono leader, fully able to mobilise the energy and expertise of our lawyers to address some of the world's most pressing challenges."