Dr Lisa Wintersteiger
Lisa’s early career was in the advice and community sector including legal aid casework, youth and community development and regeneration programmes. She has also been a policy consultant and researcher in advice needs, international human rights and more recently has been leading public legal education research and programming.
She specialises in access to justice interventions both in the UK and abroad. Her expertise is in bringing together theory and practice, policy development and designing programmes to meet the needs of vulnerable people. In 2011 she co-founded Law for Life. She holds a PhD in law on the intersection of Frankfurt School Critical Theory and education. She has taught at Birkbeck, University of London where she co-convened clinical education and as visiting faculty at the Central European University.
Head of Information and Digital Innovation
Theresa is experienced in designing and managing public legal education and information projects and materials, including a successful EU-funded advice sector partnership project to promote equality and tackle discrimination. Theresa is also a skilled writer and editor of user-friendly content on the law and rights.
During her time at Help the Aged and Advicenow Theresa has overseen the production of many information guides on topics as diverse as care home fees, immigration advice and benefits sanctions, including researching the law, commissioning, implementing user feedback and evaluation.
Theresa also provides consultancy to other organisations to help them produce better information and forms for their audiences, including information for litigants in person, on informed consent, and social care.
Head of Communications and Deputy CEO
Mary specialises in translating the law into accessible and engaging materials, drawing on her experience delivering public legal education and advice on the ground in student, community and mental health settings. Mary is a highly skilled writer and has designed, written, and evaluated a wide range of legal information materials - from awareness raising materials, to step-by-step guides, films and automated self-help tools.
Mary specialises in producing information to help users better manage their welfare benefit disputes, private renting issues, family law problems, and help for those who have to represent themselves in court or tribunal.
Mary co-authored the Better Information Handbook, and provides information consultancy to help other organisations better meet the needs of their users, and training to staff at other organisations about how to produce more effective legal information and self-help tools.
As our Head of Communications, Mary is also responsible for promoting Law for Life and Advicenow, and writes press releases, articles for publications, and manages our social media.
Head of legal information and pro bono
Beth is a non-practising solicitor with over ten years’ experience of working in family law, primarily advising and representing legally aided clients. She has worked as a pro bono solicitor at Avon and Bristol Law Centre and at HMP Eastwood Park assisting vulnerable women prisoners. She also has some experience in Court of Protection work.
She is now responsible for researching the law, designing, writing and updating a range of legal information resources for the Advicenow website. To support this she works to foster and support pro bono and legal sector relationships. She is also responsible for managing and developing the involvement of volunteers within all of Law for Life’s work.
Dragica (Dada) Felja
Head of Education and Training
Dada started her career working with refugees and asylum seekers at the Refugee Council. For fourteen years, she worked with the Roma refugee and migrant communities in the UK at the London-based charity Roma Support Group. Her work included advice and advocacy for Roma families, mentoring and education support for vulnerable young Roma. She also supported statutory and non-statutory organisations working with the Roma communities across the UK through training, consultancy and capacity building support. Dada has contributed to various research projects, articles and publications related to Roma issues in the UK.
Office manager / Personal Assistant to Chief Executive
Mihaela moved to the UK in 2008 and initially spent her time volunteering at an environmental not for profit organisation and a community charity. Her experiences working in the community lead her to become a freelance community interpreter, working with various agencies across London for six years. Alongside her linguistic skills, she has continuously developed strong administrative skills through her work as a freelancer and as office manager for both not for profit organisations and private companies. She is pleased to be supporting the Law for Life and Advicenow team, while further developing her skills and knowledge.
Head of Housing Programmes
Rowan has extensive experience working on independent grassroots projects advocating for the rights of tenants, residents, and homeless people in London. She has previously volunteered with Citizens Advice providing advice on a range of issues from benefits, migration, and domestic abuse, through to a variety of housing issues. She is currently working on a PhD exploring the gendered ramifications of the housing crisis in the UK. At Law for Life she is part of the Education and Training team and is currently involved in the creation and delivery of a series of housing rights legal education workshops for grassroots and community organisers.
Research and Evaluation Officer
Wendy specializes in mixed methods research, particularly measuring how social policy affects the daily lives of vulnerable people. She has undertaken independent research for Central England Law Centre and Coventry Independent Advice Service. Her experience of working with benefit claimants in the public sector led her to study for a PhD in Law at Warwick University on the impact of welfare reform and austerity policies on the human rights of individuals. She has taught at the University of Warwick.
She leads on the monitoring an evaluation of the wide range of interventions and projects undertaken by Law for Life, and is researching the changing legal needs emerging under Covid-19, in particular focusing on identifying the barriers and difficulties that some groups experience in accessing justice.