our team

Our firm is proud to have created a culture that allows individuals to flourish, and in which people can work collaboratively to produce results that truly make a difference.

The team at PGMBM is made up of people who think outside the box. There is no pressure to fit a certain mould, as we appreciate the diversity of ideas that a variety of individuals bring to the team.

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TOM GOODHEAD

Managing Partner

HARRIS POGUST

Chairman

PEDRO MARTINS

Partner

TOMÁS MOUSINHO

Partner

MIKE DALY

Partner

TONY VERMEULEN

Partner

CHRIS NEILL

Head of Litigation Management

TOM AINSWORTH

Legal Director

IBUKUN ALABI

Legal Director

CÉLINE BARNWELL

Legal Director – International Group Claims

TAYLOR BURGESS

Legal Director

JEREMY EVANS

Legal Director – International Group Claims

PETE GALLAGHER

Legal Director

EMMA HILL

Legal Director

LISA LUNT

Legal Director - Consumer and Medical Product Liability

MARCELO MOURA

Legal Director - International Group Claims

CATHERINE QUARINI

Medico-Legal Director

ANA CAROLINA SALOMÃO

Legal Director - Litigation Finance

DOMINIC SWALLOW

Legal Costs Director

JADE WEINER

Legal Director

TONY WINTERBURN

Legal Director - Consumer and Medical Product Liability

JOSHUA KUSHNER

Senior Associate

JESSICA PINEDA

Senior Associate

SARAH SAMUEL

Senior Associate

MELISSA FERRARI

Attorney at Law

YARA ALI-ADIB

Associate

CAROLINA BATISTA

Associate

KERRI BRIDGES

Associate

ROBERTA CARNEIRO

Associate

FILIPE CARVALHO

Associate

JESSIKA CASTANON

Associate

CATARINA FERRAZ

Associate

BRUNA FICKLSCHERER

Associate

PRIYANKA GLADSON

Associate

PHOEBE GUNPUTH

Associate

DANIEL HARRISON

Associate

ROMONA HARDING

Associate

EMILY HEWLETT

Associate

FELIPE HOTTA

Associate

MATTHEW HUNT

Associate

GLADUELA LAWRENCE

Associate

VIOLA MACRELLI

Associate

GABRIEL MAGEE

Associate

JORDYN MITZMAN

Associate

CARMINE MONTEROSSI

Associate

ANNA MOON

Associate

JOSHUA NEUMAN

Associate

CELINE O'DONOVAN

Associate

ZACHARY POGUST

Associate

GEORGINA POWERS

Associate

HARNITA RAI

Associate

MUNIRA SOUSA

Associate

JANICE TANG

Associate

ALEX TYERMAN

Associate

OLGA VAN ERP TAALMAN KIP

Associate

KRISTEN VARALLO

Associate

LUKE VILLIERS

Associate

ADÈLE BOURGUIGNON

Trainee Solicitor

ELEONORE BUISSON

Trainee Solicitor

PAUL HUDSON

Trainee Solicitor

MEABH KIRBY

Trainee Solicitor

THAIS FERREIRA

Legal Counsel

ALI BOZOGLU

Paralegal

KATHERINE BYRNE

Paralegal

LARA CAHILL

Paralegal

TOUN COLE

Paralegal

TACY MATIAS CORREIA

Paralegal

LAVINIA SPIESS

Litigation Paralegal

PAULINE HUNTER

Case Nurse

HOLLY MORTIMER

Client Care Administrator

FELIPE NOBREGA

Paralegal

KATE DAVIES

General Counsel

ZOE COTTER-MORTON

Chief People Officer

JORDAN LEE

Chief of Staff

BENEDICT WILLIAMS

Chief Financial Officer

RICHARD HILL

Chief Technology Officer

HARRY FOX

Head of Client Services

MARC BOELENS

Business Operations Manager

JUDITH ABELOVSZKY

Finance Director

TOM CROW

Financial Accountant

IBRAHIM ENGIN

Accounts Payable Manager

MICHAEL POPE

Assistant Accountant

CHRIS PORTON

Head of Information Security

CRAIG KENWORTHY

Head of HR

ALISON JACKSON-CARTER

Head of Corporate Communications

SIMON ALCOCK

Director of Public Affairs

LAUREN VEEVERS

Media Manager

Critical approach

In addition to a high-level of academic training, our lawyers stand out for their critical legal approach.

Diverse team of experts

Our diverse team, working across multiple jurisdictions, bring together individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Their combination of unique perspectives on the world helps to keep us in touch with the issues our clients.

World class performance

Our working environment is high-energy and fast-moving. At the same time, we are proud of our lawyers’ extremely strong academic backgrounds and legally rigorous approach.

PGMBM (a trading name of Excello Law (2) Limited) SRA License Number 512898

Excello Law is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and complies with the Solicitors Code of Conduct, a copy of which can be located here.

OUR TEAM

Our firm is proud to have created a culture that allows individuals to flourish, and in which people can work collaboratively to produce results that truly make a difference. The team at PGMBM is made up of people who think outside the box. There is no pressure to fit a certain mould, as we appreciate the diversity of ideas that a variety of individuals bring to the team.
Document

TOM GOODHEAD

Managing Partner

HARRIS POGUST

Chairman

PEDRO MARTINS

Partner

TOMÁS MOUSINHO

Partner

MIKE DALY

Partner

TONY VERMEULEN

Partner

CHRIS NEILL

Head of Litigation Management

TOM AINSWORTH

Legal Director

IBUKUN ALABI

Legal Director

CÉLINE BARNWELL

Legal Director – International Group Claims

TAYLOR BURGESS

Legal Director

JEREMY EVANS

Legal Director – International Group Claims

PETE GALLAGHER

Legal Director

EMMA HILL

Legal Director

LISA LUNT

Legal Director - Consumer and Medical Product Liability

MARCELO MOURA

Legal Director - International Group Claims

CATHERINE QUARINI

Medico-Legal Director

ANA CAROLINA SALOMÃO

Legal Director - Litigation Finance

DOMINIC SWALLOW

Legal Costs Director

JADE WEINER

Legal Director

TONY WINTERBURN

Legal Director - Consumer and Medical Product Liability

JOSHUA KUSHNER

Senior Associate

JESSICA PINEDA

Senior Associate

SARAH SAMUEL

Senior Associate

MELISSA FERRARI

Attorney at Law

YARA ALI-ADIB

Associate

CAROLINA BATISTA

Associate

KERRI BRIDGES

Associate

ROBERTA CARNEIRO

Associate

FILIPE CARVALHO

Associate

JESSIKA CASTANON

Associate

CATARINA FERRAZ

Associate

BRUNA FICKLSCHERER

Associate

PRIYANKA GLADSON

Associate

PHOEBE GUNPUTH

Associate

DANIEL HARRISON

Associate

ROMONA HARDING

Associate

EMILY HEWLETT

Associate

FELIPE HOTTA

Associate

MATTHEW HUNT

Associate

GLADUELA LAWRENCE

Associate

VIOLA MACRELLI

Associate

GABRIEL MAGEE

Associate

JORDYN MITZMAN

Associate

CARMINE MONTEROSSI

Associate

ANNA MOON

Associate

JOSHUA NEUMAN

Associate

CELINE O'DONOVAN

Associate

ZACHARY POGUST

Associate

GEORGINA POWERS

Associate

HARNITA RAI

Associate

MUNIRA SOUSA

Associate

JANICE TANG

Associate

ALEX TYERMAN

Associate

OLGA VAN ERP TAALMAN KIP

Associate

KRISTEN VARALLO

Associate

LUKE VILLIERS

Associate

ADÈLE BOURGUIGNON

Trainee Solicitor

ELEONORE BUISSON

Trainee Solicitor

PAUL HUDSON

Trainee Solicitor

MEABH KIRBY

Trainee Solicitor

THAIS FERREIRA

Legal Counsel

ALI BOZOGLU

Paralegal

KATHERINE BYRNE

Paralegal

LARA CAHILL

Paralegal

TOUN COLE

Paralegal

TACY MATIAS CORREIA

Paralegal

LAVINIA SPIESS

Litigation Paralegal

PAULINE HUNTER

Case Nurse

HOLLY MORTIMER

Client Care Administrator

FELIPE NOBREGA

Paralegal

KATE DAVIES

General Counsel

ZOE COTTER-MORTON

Chief People Officer

JORDAN LEE

Chief of Staff

BENEDICT WILLIAMS

Chief Financial Officer

RICHARD HILL

Chief Technology Officer

HARRY FOX

Head of Client Services

MARC BOELENS

Business Operations Manager

JUDITH ABELOVSZKY

Finance Director

TOM CROW

Financial Accountant

IBRAHIM ENGIN

Accounts Payable Manager

MICHAEL POPE

Assistant Accountant

CHRIS PORTON

Head of Information Security

CRAIG KENWORTHY

Head of HR

ALISON JACKSON-CARTER

Head of Corporate Communications

SIMON ALCOCK

Director of Public Affairs

LAUREN VEEVERS

Media Manager

World class performance
Our working environment is high-energy and fast-moving. At the same time, we are proud of our lawyers’ extremely strong academic backgrounds and legally rigorous approach.
Diverse team of experts
Our diverse team, working across multiple jurisdictions, bring together individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Their combination of unique perspectives on the world helps to keep us in touch with the issues our clients.
Critical approach
In addition to a high-level of academic training, our lawyers stand out for their critical legal approach.
PGMBM (a trading name of Excello Law (2) Limited)
SRA License Number 512898
Excello Law is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and complies with the Solicitors Code of Conduct, a copy of which can be located here

NOAH WORTMAN
Director – Global Collective Redress 

As Director – Global Collective Redress at PGMBM, Noah brings his extensive experience in assessing and analyzing corporate misconduct in the financial markets, as well as his commitment to finding global litigation and shareholder engagement solutions to investors across the world. He has extensive experience advocating for global investors, promoting corporate governance and investor stewardship, and implementing strategies to achieve collective redress.

Noah splits his time between Philadelphia and London with a global remit where he strives to provide access to justice for global institutional investors (including financial institutions, superannuation schemes, asset managers and owners, and sovereign wealth and pension funds) and others via engagement and litigation strategies including global shareholder litigation (class/group, opt-out/direct, and opt-in), antitrust/competition/cartel litigation, complex financial litigation, global privacy/data breach litigation, and global patent litigation.

Most recently, Noah was Senior Manager, Collective Redress at Omni Bridgeway where he worked with global institutional investors to implement litigation funding strategies to aid in exercising their shareholder rights in seeking legal redress from publicly listed companies where an alleged wrongdoing had occurred. 

Previously, Noah was Managing Director, Americas and Global Head of Class Action Services for London-based Goal Group. There he was responsible for the company’s operations and strategic vision in the Americas and led the company’s worldwide initiatives in securities and antitrust class action litigation services on behalf of its global institutional investor clientele.

Before joining Goal Group, Noah served in similar roles at Stewarts Law as Director of Case Development of Investor Protection Litigation and at Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP helping global institutional investors exercise their rights to recover for their investment losses pursuant to securities laws in jurisdictions around the world.

Noah is a frequent speaker around the globe on the topic of shareholder legal redress, recovery, rights and responsibilities. He has also been a member of several leading global institutional investor organizations and sits on the International Corporate Governance Network’s (ICGN) Global Stewardship Committee and has previously served on its former Shareholder Responsibilities Committee, the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute’s Event Advisory Board, and the Council of Institutional Investors’ Markets Advisory Council.

Noah attended Columbia University and the Albert A. List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

RAFAELA GUERRIZE CONTE
Associate

Rafaela holds an MSc in Regulation from The London School of Economics and Political Science, where she focused on commercial regulation. During her time at LSE, Rafaela participated in extra-curricular activities, such as the organisation of the Brazil Forum UK 2019 and the coordination of the Brazilian Society. She graduated in Law at the Federal University of Mato Grosso and has a post-graduate Diploma in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.

She qualified as a lawyer in Brazil in 2013, where she worked as associate for 5 years and practiced criminal, administrative, and regulatory law. She coordinated litigation in cases from investigation to court trial and appeals in superior courts and has wide experience with economic crimes, competition law, and environmental and consumer regulatory sanctions.

In parallel to her activities as a lawyer, Rafaela provides consultancy services to international organisations in the areas of regulatory improvement and justice reform. In 2020, she worked with the World Bank on the Doing Business Subnational Brazil, a major project aimed at implementing regulatory reforms in the country, where she focused on the civil justice system.

Rafaela speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.

DARIA KSANF
Trainee Solicitor

Daria joined PGMBM in October 2019 having completed her law degree in June 2019. Since starting at PGMBM, Daria has mostly been focused on assisting with the Fundão Dam Litigation. 

She previously interned at both Norton Rose Fulbright and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, as well as at PGMBM which led to her being offered a full-time position at the firm. Daria speaks fluent English and Russian, and intermediate French and German. 

At the University of Oxford, Daria was the President of Lincoln College’s Law Society and was actively involved in promoting access to university for children from disadvantaged backgrounds through a variety of initiatives such as tutoring and workshops. She graduated with a 2:1 in Jurisprudence. 

In her free time, Daria enjoys cooking, swimming and learning new languages. 

BETHAN LEWIS
Trainee Solicitor

Bethan graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Law and joined the firm in 2018 after graduating. She is currently studying for the LPC/LLM at Liverpool John Moores University.  

Bethan has a longstanding interest in claimant litigation and previously worked for the Welfare Rights Unit of Leeds City Council, where she supporting client claims. At PGMBM, Bethan is working on the Essure Litigation. 

She is a keen advocate for women’s rights and an acting ambassador of the Women Breaking Barriers Network at the University of Leeds’s Law School. Bethan is also a blogger for women’s reproductive health matters and is an active member activist of PCOS (Cysters in the UK) and Endometriosis UK support groups.  

Bethan hopes that her role at PGMBM will support her women’s rights advocacy in areas such as medical product liability. 

ISADORA CARTOCCI MARLOW
Trainee Solicitor

Isadora received her master’s degree in Law from the Insubria University of Como, Italy and has expertise in criminal law, restorative justice and transitional justice. 

She worked for law firms in Italy and Germany before relocating to London to pursue her career in the law. A particular achievement of Isadora’s was her research on the 2016 Colombian Peace Agreement under the tutelage of Professor Grazia Mannozzi and on Afro-descendants representation in Latin America for the LA Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin. 

Isadora maintains her commitment to social and environmental justice through her volunteer work for local women’s rehabilitation centres and non-profit organisations M2R and XR International. 

ERIN SEXTON
Trainee Solicitor

Erin graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law and is currently coaching the University’s Jessup International Law Moot Court Team. 

During her summers as a student, Erin was herself able to experience a vast spectrum of legal work. Examples of her exposure includes social welfare and housing law as a Triage Volunteer at the Liverpool Law Centre, child sexual exploitation during a University-funded research apprenticeship, international legal drafting in the Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint-Ventures Department of an international law firm and special education needs as a Student Advisor at the University of Liverpool Law Clinic. 

Currently, Erin is enjoying working in the firm’s Medical Product Liability Department after receiving a distinction in her LLM/LPC at the University of Law. 

SARAH VOULAZ
Trainee Solicitor

Sarah graduated from King’s College London with a BA in European Studies and French. She completed the GDL in 2018 and holds an LLM in International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). As part of her LLM dissertation, Sarah wrote about the Nigerian Shell cases in connection to the Business and Human Rights Framework.   

Prior to joining PGMBM, Sarah worked in the environmental practice of White & Case’s London office where she assisted with advisory work on environmental and social compliance issues for project financings. She also interned at Advocates for International Development and the United Nations Association UK.  

Sarah is passionate about environmental law, business and human rights, access to justice and the rise of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards.    

CALLUM WALTERS
Trainee Solicitor

Callum graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in History. He completed his GDL at BPP Law School and is now undertaking the LPC part-time at the same institution. 

Callum decided to make the transition into a legal career after completing an in-house placement at the defence contractor, General Dynamics UK. During his time at BPP University, Callum undertook pro bono work for the homeless and housing charity Shelter UK. Here, he assisted clients on matters concerning poor housing conditions and disputes with landlords. 

Since joining PGMBM in January 2019, Callum has spent a month in Brazil working on a £5bn lawsuit against the mining company BHP. The trip involved travelling to affected areas throughout the country, meeting with victims of the 2015 Fundão Dam Disaster and learning about how their lives have been affected by its collapse. 

The highlight of the trip was being offered a unique opportunity to spend two days with the Pataxó, an indigenous tribe. It helped him to learn more about indigenous culture, their persecution and how the collapse affected their livelihoods. 

SIMRAN BUDWAL
Paralegal

Simran graduated from the University of Westminster with an LLB before completing her LPC with an MA in Business Law and Management at the University of Law.  

Prior to joining PGMBM in 2020, she undertook pro bono work with the Westminster Law Clinic. This involved dealing with client claims in areas such as employment law, commercial law and environmental law. Professionally, Simran previously worked in law firms both in Leeds and London and draws upon this experience in her work on the Mercedes-Benz NOx Emissions Group Litigation. 

Simran has an interest in commercial law, employment law and legal technology. She has undertaken extensive research on technology in the legal sector and the possible skills required of future lawyers. She is passionate about working in a claimant-based litigation firm and is looking forward to developing her skills whilst working at PGMBM. 

VENDULA DEVODIER
Paralegal – Czech Language Specialism

Vendula is currently studying for a master’s degree at the Charles University Law School in Prague alongside her work as a Paralegal at PGMBM.  

She started her own law practise with the help of WOOD & Company Group, the largest investment bank in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2015, she joined a Prague-based law firm where she discovered her passion for international litigation. At PGMBM she is working on the firm’s NOx Emissions portfolio. 

LAUREN DONALDSON
Paralegal

Lauren graduated in 2020 with an LLB from the University of Glasgow.  

After completing her undergraduate degree, Lauren undertook Pro Bono work at a Scottish Law Centre with a specialism in Disability Law. Here, she gained experience helping to promote accessible and affordable legal services for all in areas of employment law, family law, and social security.  

Since joining PGMBM as a Paralegal in the London Office, Lauren has worked predominantly on Emissions Claims against a number of major car manufacturers. Her interests lie in consumer and commercial law, and as such, she is passionate about PGMBMs mission of defending the rights of individuals against multinational corporations through group litigation. 

KUDA DUBE
Paralegal 

Kuda graduated from the University of Sheffield with an LLB degree in Law with European & International Law. As part of her degree she spent time at Sciences Po Paris. 

She has gained experience in Competition Law having worked in the Middle East and Brussels with the French law firm Bredin Prat. Kuda has dealt with Mergers & Acquisitions within the European Union and as far as COMESA. As such, she has developed an interest for emerging and developing Competition Law within African jurisdictions. 

Kuda joined PGMBM in 2021 and is currently working on the “Dieselgate” case. She is fluent in Shona as a Zimbabwean native and has learned French to an advanced level. 

LAURA FORSYTH
Paralegal

Laura graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law. Whilst studying for her degree, she took a particular interest in social justice after gaining an insight from her involvement with the Liverpool University Law Clinic.  

Laura joined PGMBM in the summer of 2020 after completing her degree and is currently enjoying working within the Medical Product Liability Department. She looks forward to starting her LPC at the University of Law in September 2021. 

MILENA FRANZI
Paralegal

Milena graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Law in 2019. She completed and LLM with a specialism in International Dispute Resolution at University College London in 2020 with a distinction.  As part of her LLM dissertation, Milena explored the global green energy transition and questioned the possible conflicts between countries’ commitment to the Paris Agreement and their pre-existing obligations towards foreign investors of non-renewable energy under the Energy Charter Treaty. As a next step, Milena will be sitting the New York Bar exam in 2022.  

Milena has prior experience working as a paralegal within the Arbitration department of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and within the Litigation team of Eversheds Sutherland International.  

Milena has a very strong interest in international law and dispute resolution and wishes to further her career in that direction. 

ANGELINA GODFREY
Paralegal

Angelina completed her BSc in International Environmental Science at the University of Nottingham before starting her Master in Environmental Law and Sustainable development at SOAS University of London.

Angelina has an interest in Environmental and International Law and has studied and gained legal and environmental experience in Austria, Australia and India. Angelina hopes to specialise in environmental law.

BEHAFARID HASSANI
Paralegal

Behafarid graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Law and completed her LPC LLM at the University of Law. She has four years of experience working in the legal field including extensive pro-bono experience advising vulnerable individuals. Alongside pursuing her career in law, she works as a translator and interpreter for the Persian/Dari speaking community. 

Highly compassionate with a drive to succeed, Behafarid is committed to ongoing professional development at PGMBM while continuing to volunteer with organisations supporting refugee and migrant communities.

ASIRAH JANALLI
Paralegal

Asirah graduated from Queen Mary University of London in 2020 with a First Class Honours degree in Law. 

During university, Asirah gained extensive client-facing experience. She advised clients in the areas of employment law and consumer law at the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre, as well as volunteered in legal aid clinics across London and in Singapore. 

After graduating, Asirah joined PGMBM as a paralegal. By working on cases against major corporations, she hopes to expand upon her interest in commercial and consumer law. 

DEVIKA JAYAN
Paralegal

Devika is currently pursuing her Master’s in Medical Law at King’s College London. She has graduated with a degree in business and is an affiliate of the professional accountancy body, ACCA since 2019. She has completed her Legal Professional Course at The University of Law with commendation.  

Prior to joining PGMBM, she has worked as a paralegal in multijurisdictional civil fraud litigation, family law, and immigration law.  

She hopes to secure a training contract in the near future. 

KAREN KANDELMAN
Paralegal

Karen is a recent graduate in Politics, Philosophy and Law (LLB) from King’s College London and has a Public International Law masters (LLM) from Leiden University. 

Karen is originally from Brazil, but she has lived in six countries in four different continents (North and South America, Asia and Europe), and as a result has learned to speak five languages (English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Dutch).

In her spare time, Karen loves to do lots of yoga and eat her way through every city she goes to.

HELIN KAPLANKIRAN
Paralegal

Helin has an LLB from the University of Kent after graduating in 2019 with first class honours. Following this, she completed an LLM in Corporate Law at University College London where she was awarded a distinction.  

During her studies, Helin developed a particular interest in areas of corporate social responsibility and environmental litigation.  

Helin joined PGMBM in August 2020 and has primarily worked on the Mercedes-Benz NOx Emissions Group Litigation, Renault Nissan NOx Emissions Group Litigation and British Airways Data Breach Group Litigation. 

AYESHA KHAN
Paralegal

Ayesha is undertaking an LLM at the University of Amsterdam in Public International Law and has also completed an accelerated LLB at the University of Law in London, Bloomsbury.  

Ayesha has worked as a pro-bono assistant legal advisor in welfare benefits law, been a workshop assistant at the National Court of Justice Museum, was a county court runner at Wandsworth County Court and worked as a volunteer with Amnesty International. She has also worked for two global asset management strategists. 

In her free time, she volunteers at her local foodbank, tutors and peer mentors and is undertaking ‘Justice X’ with Harvard Law School Online after having been awarded a Macquarie Scholarship. 

JESSICA LLANEZ
Paralegal

Jessica graduated from the King’s College London with a degree in European Studies and Spanish. She decided to enter the legal profession upon completion of a 3-month volunteer programme in Uganda working with remote communities to develop their primary school curriculum and raising awareness of sexual health through campaigns revolved around HIV prevention and Women’s Rights. She completed the graduate diploma in law (GDL) in 2020 with distinction. 

After completing the GDL, Jessica undertook Pro Bono work at a free law clinic in London. She helped individuals with no access to legal services and offered guidance on issues of immigration, employment and family law. Jessica joined PGMBM as the firms core values of defending the rights of individuals through claimant-based litigation is aligned with her passions as a legal professional. 

SANDRA MENTEL
Paralegal

Sandra has recently graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Law. She started at PGMBM in April 2021 as a client care paralegal based in the London office, working primarily on the Diesel Emissions Claim.  

She is currently also studying towards her LLM at Queen Mary University, London with particular focus on International Human Rights and Policing. 

CHIARA PRIOVOLOU
Paralegal

Chiara built upon her LLB in General Law from the University of Paris II Pantheon-Assas by graduating from Queen Mary University of London with an LLB in English and European Law.  She also holds an LLM in International Business Law from Queen Mary University of London, a master’s degree in Corporate and Business Law from Pantheon-Sorbonne University and a master’s degree in Private Procedural Law from the University of Vincennes. 

Since joining PGMBM in 2020, Chiara has been assisting to conduct extensive legal research, claim-filing and the translation and drafting of documents.   

Chiara enjoys working across multiple jurisdictions and the intellectual challenge of distilling down black letter law into a client friendly format. 

FRANKA PUES
Paralegal

Franka received her bachelor’s degree in Law and Chinese from SOAS, University of London, and went on to complete her master’s degree in Human Rights and Ethics at King’s College London. 

Prior to joining PGMBM in 2021, she worked for NGOs focusing on criminal and economic justice. As an advisor to the German Foreign Office, she has conducted extensive research on arms control and emerging technologies. 

MARTINA QUADRADO
Paralegal

Martina Quadrado graduated with a degree in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and has over eight years’ experience practicing law as an Attorney registered with the Bar Association of Brazil. In 2014, Martina started her own practice where she developed her passions for working in claimant-based litigation and promoting social justice. 

To further her career and studies, Martina moved to the United States where she completed Miami Dade College’s Paralegal Studies Program, an American Bar Association approved course. 

In June 2020, Martina joined PGMBM as a member of the Miami office where she works as a Paralegal. 

Martina aims to further develop her international career as an Attorney with a keen interest in private international law and social justice.

VICKI REES
Paralegal

Vicki graduated in both Business & Administration and Principles of Business & Administration. 

She is an experienced administrator who had worked within the NHS for 10 years, gaining extensive experience liaising with members of the public. 

She joined PGMBM in 2020 and is driven to achieving justice for our clients.

CHARNE’ ROSSOUW
Paralegal

Charne’ is a South African LLB graduate who graduated from the University of Free State in South Africa. Charne’ also completed her LPC in South Africa and wrote and passed her Attorney’s admissions exams.  

Charne moved to the UK to pursue her Career as a solicitor within England and Wales and on her path to further develop her legal career, Charne’ completed her GDL at the University of Law London in 2020 and is looking to start the LLM LPC in the near future.  

Charne is fluent in English and can also speak Afrikaans. 

She joined PGMBM on the litigation team and is now working on Uber, Diesel Emissions Scandal and has worked on the BA data breach claim. 

Charne’ is passionate about commercial law, corporate law and cyber law. 

NICK RURANGWA
Paralegal

Nick obtained his LLB in Global Law from Tilburg University with distinction. He completed his LLM degree in Legal Theory & Socio-Legal Studies, specialising in legal philosophy. He also spent a semester abroad at the University of Connecticut. 

Prior to finalising his LLM degree, Nick gained experience as a research assistant for a human rights consultancy, firm focused on FGM research in Africa. He also worked as a Law Clerk for a Wisconsin-based non-profit law firm that provides people with access to justice by offering affordable legal services from qualified and dedicated lawyers. 

Nick is passionate about law & development, social justice, and intersectionality. He is fluent in Dutch, English, and French. 

Nick joined PGMBM in 2021 and is mainly involved with the consumer and medical product liability cases. 

ELISA THOMASSET
Paralegal

Elisa graduated from the University of Grenoble with a double degree reading French law and Foreign Languages. She also holds a master’s degree in International Business Law from the University of Kent. 

Elisa completed an LLM Law Conversion at BPP Law School. Whilst at university, she worked as a student director within one of BPP’s Pro-bono programmes called Immigration Tribunal Friends. 

She has a strong interest in Human rights and cross-border litigation. Elisa is fluent in English, French and Spanish. 

Elisa joined PGMBM in 2021 and is primarily working on the British Airways data breach compensation claim.  

KRISTINE TRAN
Paralegal

Kristine graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Law with German Law. She has undertaken comparative legal studies in China and Germany before returning to England to pursue a legal career.  

During university, Kristine balanced her legal studies with volunteering roles; she provided high-quality pro-bono advice to local vulnerable people at the Warwick Law Clinic, and she corrected injustices caused by the capital punishment system in the USA with the Death Penalty Project.    

Kristine’s passion for social and environmental justice and her experience in dealing cross-jurisdiction shines in her work. 

MARLOU VAAGS
Paralegal

Marlou has obtained her bachelor’s degree in Dutch Law from the University of Groningen. At this University, she also completed a pre-master’s degree in International Relations and International Organisation. In 2020 Marlou graduated from Utrecht University with a master’s degree in Public International Law, specializing in Human Rights.  

In her free time, Marlou volunteered at, among others, the local Amnesty International student organisation as well as a local non-profit foundation promoting fair trade and sustainable business called Young & Fair.   

After graduation she did a six-month Business and Human Rights Research internship at telecommunication company VodafoneZiggo. 

Marlou has shown substantial affinity with the environment and human rights and possesses strong social and communication skills. She is fluent in Dutch and English.  

Marlou joined PGMBM in 2021 and is currently part of the freshly new PGMBM Amsterdam Office. 

SHAHIRAH COOWAR
Legal Assistant

Shahirah graduated in 2012 in the discipline of International Relations, she decided to study as a Legal Secretary in 2018 and worked supporting a QC Property Barrister for two years before joining PGMBM as a Legal Assistant to the senior team. 

EMMANUELLA EKWEGH
Legal Administrator

Emmanuella is a highly motivated and enthusiastic Business and Finance graduate.  

Fluent in 3 languages: English, Italian and Twi and with experience in the Legal and Administration industry.  

She is eager to put her linguistic skills, alongside her acquired legal and administrative skills into practice at PGMBM. 

NICOLA MCGARAHAN
Legal Administrator 

Nicola joined PGMBM in July 2021, having previously worked in legal costs for over 6 years and in outplacement for several years before that.

She brings with her vast experience in administration, project coordination, and client care. 


GUY JOHNSON
Client Service Quality Manager

Guy graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in Psychology and Literature. 

An experienced manager, Guy has a background in dispute resolution, underwriting, and communication management within both the public and private sectors. 

He joined PGMBM as a manager for our Client Care Team in August 2020. 

ANNA TERRY
Client Administration Manager 

Anna joined PGMBM’s London office in July 2021. 

Originally from the United States, Anna graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Communication and went on to become Communications Coordinator for a socially conscious e-commerce start-up based in New York City. There she provided administrative and organizational support in the office and managed a positive brand image for the company via social channels, email campaigns, blog content, and product photography. Since Anna’s move to London in 2018, she has had extensive administration experience working for companies in different industries including finance, fashion, education, and consulting. 

Anna approaches all aspects of any job with a positive, hard-working mindset, and is passionate about finding solutions to any challenge. 

JERUM TOKAAY
Client Operations Manager

Jerum graduated in 2017 from Hogeschool InHolland in The Hague, The Netherlands, with a degree in Communications. 

Jerum has been in sales & customer service in contact centre environments for over eight years in different positions, varying from Team manager, project manager, and sales manager. Besides this, he is specialised in delivering straight-to-the-point sales training, and coaching for outsourcing and face-to-face-organisations. 

Jerum joined PGMBM as a Client Care Supervisor in Putney in 2021.

ARTIOLA BERISHA
Client Care Supervisor

Artiola has strong foundations and experience in family, Immigration and criminal law. She has now joined PGMBM to explore international litigation and to pursue her career as a solicitor for England and Wales.  

Artiola gained a first class honours degree in LLB law, she then went on to complete her masters and her LPC at the university of law.  

She is fluent in Albanian, Kosovan and English.  

Artiola has taken part in many prison visits and police station interviews for clients with language barriers, this has not only helped her grow but also helped the firm with our international clients.  

Artiola developed an avid interest in multi-jurisdictional matters, where she directly assisted international clients and their local counsel in the drafting and translation of legal documents. 

JAMES KEMPELL
Client Care Supervisor

James holds an LLB from the University of Liverpool, he focused his studies on Commercial law and Corporate practices with an ambition to qualify as an Intellectual Property solicitor. 

During his studies, James gained extensive experience shadowing barristers and solicitors. Prior to joining PGMBM, James obtained Paralegal experience in a private practice dealing with civil negligence.  

James grew up in Spain and has spent a large amount of his life living abroad. With a wealth of client facing experience, he hopes to one day to use his skills working internationally.

CAMPBELL MACDONALD
Client Care Supervisor 

Campbell graduated from the University of Tasmania with a BA, majoring in International Relations and Politics. His focus was within the field of geopolitics and how it affects the world we live in. 

During his studies, he represented his college in numerous meetings with the local council. He worked with various sectors of the community to make sure that young people had input on decisions that have an impact on their daily lives. He brings this same determination to PGMBM to strive for what is right and fair. 

Campbell moved from Australia to the UK in early 2020 and is now a Client Care Supervisor in London.  

JASMINE RUSSO
Client Care Supervisor

Jasmine built upon her BA in Human Rights and International Relations with an MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). She speaks Italian, English and Spanish.  

Jasmine has experience in different areas, including the third sector and research industries. One of her favourite legal roles involved managing the re-trials of Stanisic and Simatovic for crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War within the IRMCT in The Hague. Jasmine also recently joined the Italian General Consulate in London for a temporary project relating to the registering of Italian residents abroad and a national referendum.  

Since joining PGMBM, Jasmine has been the point of contact for clients both within the Mercedes-Benz NOx Emissions Group Litigation and EasyJet Data Breach Group Litigation. Jasmine is passionate about international law, particularly in respect of how it engages human rights. 

SHADIA ABDARAHMAN
Client Services Quality Co-ordinator

Shadia graduated with a LLB Law in 2020 from Brunel University. Currently, she is undertaking a masters in International Corporate Governance at The University of Law, graduating in 2021.  

Shadia has a particular interest in Intellectual property law and company law. She’s now joined the PGMBM Client Care Team as a paralegal.  

She is planning to complete the Solicitors Qualifying Exam in 2022, in hopes to qualify as a solicitor in the near future. 

TAHMINA ISLAM
Client Services Quality Co-ordinator

Tahmina graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in Law. She has recently completed her LPC with a Master’s in LLM Law at the University of Law.  

She joined PGMBM in 2021 after completing her LPC and is based in the London Office.  

She has extensive experience in pro-bono work with the Westminster Law Clinic dealing with client claims including Employment law, Commercial Law and Immigration Law. She helped individuals with no access to legal services and offered guidance to those who needed help, which is one of Tahmina’s core values as a legal professional. 

BUSHRA YANFUL
Client Services Quality Co-ordinator 

Bushra graduated from Brunel University London, and from BPP in 2019. 

Bushra has experience in several legal sectors which includes criminal law, housing law, immigration, litigation, commercial litigation, wills and probate and others. Her main interests are in international arbitration & International Human rights and commercial law. 

Bushra hopes to gain a training contract and qualify in the near future.   

In her free time, she assists in arranging charity fundraising events, mentoring the youth and her entrepreneurial ventures.  

LUKE AMATRUDA
Client Services Complaints Lead

Luke graduated with a First Class Law degree from the University of Law, Bloomsbury, before joining PGMBM’s BA Data Breach team in 2021. 

With a background as a podcaster, musician and producer, he hopes to combine his talents and interests with law and enter the Intellectual Property and Data Protection fields. Luke is looking forward to qualifying as a solicitor in the near future. 

ELYSE HOWE
Client Care Administrator

After completing her qualifications and leaving school Elyse began her career in customer service. Elyse gained a wealth of experience and decided to take a different career path and pursued a role within in a legal firm.  

Since joining PGMBM she has found a new career interest and is excited for her future in law. Elyse is looking forward to broadening her knowledge within this sector.  

Elyse is dedicated to follow her career goals whilst making clients her top priority, by providing support, information and listening to their needs.  

Elyse uses her excellent client abilities to connect with them whilst providing the law and legal work that they require. 

SYEDA AISHAH
Paralegal

Aishah is a law graduate from the University of Westminster, having completed an Integrated Master’s in Law degree which also includes the Legal Practice Course (LPC). During her LPC she studied Commercial Law and Intellectual Property, Employment Law and Clinical Legal Practice.  

Prior to joining PGMBM Aishah was a document review paralegal where she worked on high profile commercial cases, including a US based pharmaceutical case involving competition law and antitrust law. Aishah enjoys commercial work and intends to specialise in this area.  

Outside of her professional career, she enjoys challenging herself and taking part in new experiences. In 2018 she took part in a sponsored climb up the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis in Scotland, where she reached the peak (4,413 ft) and raised over a thousand pounds. Her efforts enabled the construction of four wells across Africa and Asia, allowing access to clean water and making a life-changing difference to disadvantaged communities. 

Aishah joined PGMBM in 2021 and is working on the Mercedes diesel emissions claim.  

SALEHA AKHTAR
Paralegal

Saleha completed a degree in law at the University of Westminster in November 2019.   

After joining PGMBM in June 2020, Saleha has mainly focused on the Mercedes Diesel Emissions case.   

Having been involved in various internships and client service roles, Saleha is adept in client care and administrative matters. Saleha will be commencing her LPC LLM in January 2021 whilst pursuing her specific interests in Intellectual Property and Commercial law.   

RENE ANTONIO
Paralegal

Rene graduated from the University of Portsmouth with an LLB Law degree in 2020, and embraced the position of Paralegal at PGMBM in 2021.  

During her final year of University, Rene volunteered for the University’s General Legal Advice Clinic once a week, where they advised clients on family and child law matters, landlords and tenant, commercial contracts and employment law. 

After securing legal internships in various practice areas, Rene has become particularly interested in Commercial & Consumer Law and Medical Law. She also hopes to obtain a training contract in the not too distant future and qualify as a solicitor. 

FAIZA AYUB
Paralegal

Faiza is a law graduate from SOAS University of London and has recently completed her LLM/LPC at BPP Law School.She joined PGMBM in 2021 because she believes it is important to work in a company whose values correspond with those of her own.  

Her interests predominately lie in business law and corporate liability. 

Faiza is a Paralegal within the Client Care Team and is currently working on the Mercedes Diesel Emissions Claim. 

ARD BABATINCA
Paralegal

Ard graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in law in 2019. In 2020, Ard successfully completed his LLM/LPC at BBP University in London, Holborn. 

During his University studies, Ard took on various administrative support and customer service roles. 

Ard is passionate about providing justice to individuals facing significant injustices from large corporations. 

Since joining PGMBM in February, Ard has been predominantly working in the BA team, playing his part in the smooth running of the client care service. 

KIERA BASI
Paralegal

Kiera completed her undergraduate law degree at City, University of London. After completing her degree, she went on to complete her LPC LLM at the University of Law, Moorgate.  

Kiera has always had a passion for a career in law. She had undergone various work experience placements at both high street and city law firms. Kiera has been exposed to areas such as employment, commercial litigation, commercial/residential property and probate. Kiera hopes to one day qualify as a commercial solicitor.  

RABIA BHATTI
Paralegal

Rabia is a recent graduate of the LPC and LLM course from the University of Law. During her undergraduate degree at the University of Hertfordshire, she participated in client interviewing and trial advocacy and have extensive experience in this. 

During Rabia’s studies, she worked in various law firms in London to gain experience in different law fields. She also wants to specialise in Medical Law. 

NAOMI CARVALHO
Paralegal

Before joining PGMBM in 2021, Naomi graduated with a Law degree at the University of Sussex and went on to complete her LLM at BPP University. 

 She has previously undertaken pro bono work as a Legal Advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau and as a Debt Advisor at South West London Law Centres.  

 Since joining the team at PGMBM, she has furthered her interest in group litigation law. Naomi also speaks fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese.

CAROLINE CLARKE
Assistente Jurídica – Atendimento ao Cliente

Caroline é formada em História Antiga e História pela Universidade de Reading. Em seguida, ela obteve uma graduação em Direito e um mestrado pela BPP University.

Entusiasta do trabalho social, Caroline dedicou parte da sua carreira a iniciativas pro bono e no Citizens Advice. Ela entrou na PGMBM em 2021, na busca por poder ajudar clientes em larga escala.

No tempo livre, Caroline joga badminton e realiza trabalho voluntário na Oxfam.

OLIVIA DUFFIN
Paralegal

Olivia graduated from Leeds College of Music with a BA in Classical Voice in 2018, followed by the accelerated LLB at City University of London in 2020. 

During university, Olivia excelled in international economic law, receiving the Allen & Overy prize for gaining top marks. She also assisted her criminal law lecturer in his research while studying, and began tutoring undergraduate law one year into her degree. As one of the most active members of City Students’ Union, she was on the executive committee for the Canadian and American Law Society, the Pro Bono Society, and the Bee Society; while representing the Law School on the Student Council and acting as the Academic Representative of the Societies’ Board. In those capacities, she organised legal events such as the Music and Media Law Panel Discussion, which featured a Vice President of Universal Music as a guest speaker, and gave talks on social issues such as the gender pay gap. She also gained much experience competing in national and international mooting competitions, and has been invited to judge the internal moots at the University of Law Moorgate campus for the past two years. Olivia hopes to pursue an LLM in international economic law starting in 2021. 

Outside of law, Olivia trained as a mezzo-soprano at Leeds College of Music, where she was sponsored to study violin, having played in orchestras since 10 years old. She continues to tutors music and maths to children, and has been invited to participate in the National Tutoring Programme (a £1bn government project to cure education inequality arising from the pandemic), and now teaches maths at a local primary school alongside her work at PGMBM. She also enjoys throwing charity events, and moonlights as bank staff for the PDSA. 

FATEMA FAIROOZ
Paralegal

Fatema is an LLB and LLM law graduate from Middlesex University.  

With a passion for bringing justice to clients, Fatema joined PGMBM Client Care Team as a paralegal in 2021 as the firm’s core values of defending the rights of individuals through claimant-based litigation is aligned with her passions as a legal professional. She is currently working on the Diesel Emissions Claims and is looking forward to using her knowledge and progress further within the legal career.  

Fatema is dedicated to following her career goals whilst making clients her top priority, by providing support, information and listening to their needs. 

She will be commencing her LPC in September 2021 with the view to qualifying as a solicitor in the future. 

Fatema is fluent in Arabic, Farsi, and English. 

NIKKI FARAHANI
Paralegal

Nikki graduated with a LLB Law Degree from the University of Westminster in 2019. Upon completing her LLM and LPC from the University of Law focusing on Commercial Law and Litigation, Nikki joined PGMBM for further specialism in international litigation.   

Passionate about justice, Nikki has extensive experience in many aspects of pro-bono work and has dealt with issues relating to employment, family, wills and probate as well as housing and immigration. Through this work she has helped provide legal assistance to individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford legal advice or ongoing assistance. Her Master’s thesis explored the need for introduction of legal reforms to address the current challenges relating to the rights of individuals entering surrogacy agreements.    

She is passionate about ensuring corporate liability for environmental harm and social responsibility in defence of individual rights.  

Nikki is currently supporting the firm’s investigations into a Group Litigation against Mercedes Benz regarding the emissions scandal. 

RAI GILL
Paralegal

Before turning to law, Rai first graduated from UCL with a degree in Classics. He subsequently obtained his LLM and BPTC from BPP in London. 

In his legal dissertation, Rai focussed on property law, particularly the disparity between the powers of landlords and tenants. In his spare time, Rai has worked pro-bono for legal clinics in London offering debt and insolvency advice.

Rai is also a keen debater and public speaker, having been President of the Conservative Society in his final year at UCL, and later a member of the BPP Mooting Society.   

VESARA HASANI
Paralegal

Ves completed her degree of European Legal Studies LLB at The University of Westminster. She plans to undertake her LPC/SQE in the near future.  

During her studies, Ves paid special attention to family law as this piqued her interest. Her dissertation focused on the patriarchal beliefs of the traditional nuclear family and its effect on the laws of adoption and surrogacy in the UK and Italy. Ves aims to specialise in family law in the future. 

Whilst at PGMBM Ves has worked on a range of cases such as the Uber Drivers Compensation Claim, Mercedes Emissions Claim and British Airways. This has showcased Ves’ ability to work on a multitude of cases whilst maintaining her excellent client care service. 

SELINA HUSSAIN
Paralegal

Selina graduated with a degree in LLB Law in 2018 before completing her LPC LLM at the University of Law in 2020 with a Distinction.  

Whilst studying at university, Selina worked with witness service and Citizen’s advice b