About ILBF

What is the ILBF and what does it do?

The ILBF provides good quality second hand legal textbooks, donated by the UK legal community, to not-for-profit organisations in need of legal research resources across the globe.

The way that the ILBF works is simple. We encourage donations of useful secondhand books from the UK legal community. Prospective recipient organisations submit a comprehensive application form, outlining their user demographic and the potential uses for law books, which is assessed by the ILBF Operating Committee. At the ILBF’s storage facility, volunteers unpack and sort book donations, determining which are most suitable for particular recipients. The selected books are then packed into boxes and sent to the recipient organisation in question. Once the books are received, the recipient organisation provides feedback to the ILBF.

Since 2005 the ILBF has sent over 75,000 books to more than 200 not-for-profit organisations in 54 countries across Africa, Asia, South America, Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific.

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The operation of the ILBF

The ILBF is run by its Chief Executive and a team of volunteers, comprising the ILBF Patrons, Trustees and Operating Committee, who are committed to advancing the rule of law and access to justice through the provision of legal research resources. Two volunteers play a key role as the Administrator and Shipping Coordinator, managing the receipt of applications, donations of books and the coordination of shipments.

Patrons

The Rt Hon The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd
Professor Sir William Blair, Queen Mary University of London
Professor Sir Ross Cranston, London School of Economics
Dame Linda Dobbs DBE, Former Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division
James Harper, Director, Global Legal and Exec Sponsor Rule of Law, LexisNexis
Mahmuda Gunner, Attendance Officer, Dulwich College
Nicholas Munday, Founder of NM Business Law & former Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
Deborah Robinson, formerly Head of Legal, British Council
Anesta Weekes QC, Member of the International Relations Committee of the Bar
Peter Williamson, past-President of the Law Society

Trustees

Paul Lowenstein QC, Twenty Essex, Chairman of Trustees
Jane Colston, Partner, Brown Rudnick LLP and Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association
Philip Hill, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
Maryann McMahon, Morgan Stanley
Mark Stephens CBE, Partner, Howard Kennedy
The Rt Hon Lord Justice Dingemans, Lord Justice of Appeal
The Hon Mr Justice Picken, Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division

We are currently recruiting for a new trustee. Please see our dedicated page for more details.

Chief Executive

Katrina Crossley

Operating Committee

Shipping Coordinator: Justin Lemeh

Administrator: Miranda Harrison, Clifford Chance

Lloyd Bennett, Thomson Reuters
Hannah Brown QC, One Essex Court
Rachel Buchanan
Sue Field
Amy Griggs-Wallis, LexisNexis UK
Zara Iqbal, International Bar Association
Barbora Kozusnikova, LexisNexis UK
Mikaela Kritikou, LexisNexisUK
Ellen Lake, Clifford Chance LLP
Emma Marshall, Clifford Chance LLP
David McNaught, The Law Society
Holly Nankivell, LexisNexis UK
Rebecca Perlman, Herbert Smith Freehills
Kate Scott, Clifford Chance LLP
Constance Sutherland, Thomson Reuters
Helen Wilding, Thomson Reuters

Contact: to contact the ILBF please use our Contact Us form.