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. Volunteers from across the legal profession 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 88,000 books to more than 280 not-for-profit organisations in 57 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.


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, King’s Bench Division
James Harper, General Counsel, Global Nexis Solutions, and Exec Sponsor Rule of Law, LexisNexis
Mahmuda Gunner, Attendance Officer, Dulwich College
The Hon Mr Justice Picken, Judge of the High Court of Justice, King’s Bench Division
Deborah Robinson, Head of Governance, Oxfam GB
Anesta Weekes KC, Member of the International Relations Committee of the Bar
Peter Williamson, past-President of the Law Society


Paul Lowenstein KC, Twenty Essex, Chairman of Trustees
Jane Colston, Partner, Brown Rudnick LLP and Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association
The Rt Hon Lord Justice Dingemans, Lord Justice of Appeal
Sophia Dirir, Head of Legal, Cancer Research UK
Philip Hill, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
Hon. Justice Tawanda Hondora, High Court of Belize
Maryann McMahon, Council Member, Justice
Mark Stephens CBE, Partner, Howard Kennedy

Chief Executive

Katrina Crossley

Operating Committee

Shipping Coordinator: Elaf Hamid

Administrator: Miranda Harrison, Clifford Chance

Latin American Representative: Franz Zubieta Mariscal, CEO of Integrarse, a Conciliation and Arbitration Centre in Bolivia, and lecturer of international law at the University Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia

Tola Ariyo, London School of Economics
Lloyd Bennett, Thomson Reuters
Hannah Brown KC, One Essex Court
Rachel Buchanan
Sue Field
Amy Griggs-Wallis, LexisNexis UK
Zara Iqbal, International Bar Association
Barbora Kozusnikova, LexisNexis UK
Mikaela Kritikou, LexisNexis UK
Claudia Stein, LexisNexis UK
Ellen Lake, Clifford Chance LLP
Emma Marshall, Clifford Chance LLP
David McNaught, The Law Society
Holly Nankivell, LexisNexis UK
Catherine Odigie, ED&F Man Capital Markets
Abby Olushola, Afrissance Holdings
Rebecca Perlman, Herbert Smith Freehills
Kate Scott, Clifford Chance LLP
Constance Sutherland, Thomson Reuters
Sarah Trotter, London School of Economics
Helen Wilding, Thomson Reuters

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