Rebecca Hilsenrath has been the CEO of LawWorks since September 2008, on secondment from the Treasury Solicitor’s Department. LawWorks is the operating name of the Solicitor’s Pro Bono Group, a national charity which interfaces between solicitors who are able to provide pro bono legal advice and assistance and individuals and community groups who cannot afford to pay for help and cannot access legal aid.
As a government lawyer, Rebecca worked most recently in the Attorney General’s Office, where her responsibilities included advising the Attorney in relation to pro bono legal services; equality and diversity in relation to appointments to Government legal panels; public interest functions; and the drafting of Law Officer opinions.
Before that, she worked in the Legal Advisor’s Office at the then Department for Education. Rebecca trained and qualified in Linklaters and as a young lawyer volunteered at and chaired a legal advice clinic in Stoke Newington. She is also a long-standing school governor and trustee. She was instrumental in establishing two schools in Hertfordshire – one primary, one secondary – which opened in 1999 and 2007. She served as the chair of governors of the primary school for 9 years and provides free clerking services for school admissions appeals as well as delivering training on school admissions and governance. She is a trustee of the Mary Ward Legal Centre and a member of the Management Committee of the Bar Pro Bono Unit.