MEET THE HCLC TRUSTEE: Ian Browne
Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) is delighted to introduce HCLC trustee Ian Browne. Ian joined HCLC's Board of Directors in December 2017 at our Annual General Meeting. Ian is also a committee member of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers and the Human Rights Lawyers Association.
Ian is a well respected human rights campaigner. Professionally, he currently works as a Legal Advisor at Liberty. Before Liberty, Ian worked as a paralegal at the University House Legal Advice Centre on social welfare law (mainly employment and welfare benefits) cases.
In August 2017, Ian spent a month in the United States as a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust funds UK citizens from all backgrounds to travel overseas in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of the current challenges facing the UK. Successful applicants are known as Churchill Fellows for life. No qualifications are required, just a project and the desire and motivation to improve their community, profession or field.
During his fellowship, Ian travelled to New York, Washington and San Francisco, Los Angeles and also spent time at Harvard University, Columbia University, NYU, as well as international law firms such as Skadden. Ian conducted research and carried out interviews with the universities and law firms to gain an insight into American approaches to pro bono practice. He also talked to the NGO sector. Ian is now in the process of writing his official report for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in order to spread best practice in the UK.
Outside of work, volunteering and his trustee commitments, Ian is studying for a Master’s degree in Philosophy. His particular interests are ethics and political philosophy.
In the rare moments when Ian is not working, volunteering or studying(!) he is a keen yoga enthusiast and enjoys running. Hackney’s Victoria Park is a favourite spot.