Our team: EU

Meet the team who create and maintain our resources

Heleen van Lil-Gijbels joined Practical Law in December 2009 and is Head of Practical Law EU. Heleen studied Private and International Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Since then, she has worked as an in-house lawyer for the Rotterdam Port Authorities and as a knowledge management lawyer for several international law firms, including, Nauta Dutilh and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Catherine Schmitz joined Practical Law in December 2009 as an EU Editor. She has worked in EU affairs for the past 20 years. After a few years with a pan-European industry federation she spent four years at the European Commission before joining the Brussels office of an American law firm. She then joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where she spent 10 years in the EU knowledge management team, mainly monitoring developments in EU legislation and policy, producing current awareness materials and providing assistance to fee-earners. She has a Masters in Translation and a certificate in European Studies from UCL (Belgium).

Maylis Campbell joined Practical Law in October 2012 as an EU Editor. Her career spans over 20 years of experience in EU policy and media work. Previously, she worked for the European Association for Information on Local Development (AEIDL) in Brussels. Within AEIDL, she held various positions including: EU Editor of a weekly bilingual newsletter for local and regional authorities in the EU, information officer for the European Observatory for Rural Development, webmaster for the EU's financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation project (LIFE programme), and more recently communications manager for the European Evaluation Network for Rural Development. Maylis also has experience of the Brussels lobbying environment having worked for two years at the European office of the Motoring Federations as information officer. Before moving to Brussels in 1993, she spent two years working for the Euro Info Centre for the Champagne region of France and the Economic Development Agency for the department of Aube, France. Bachelor of Arts (BA) in French and Music from Queen’s University, Belfast N.Ireland and Masters of Science (MSc) in Tourism, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland.

Jenna Woodfine

Jenna Woodfine graduated from the University of Manchester in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in French and German. As part of her degree course, Jenna spent a year working in Paris. She went on to study the GDL and the LPC at the College of Law, Chester. She joined Practical Law in July 2008 as a paralegal for Practical Law Property, Environment and Construction. Jenna has been working with Practical Law EU since May 2010 and became an Assistant Editor in January 2011. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in EU Law from King’s College London and is currently studying for an MA in EU law.

Bojana Zimonic graduated with a BA in Law from UCL in 2010. She has worked with several NGOs specialising in environmental law and access to justice, before moving to Brussels in October 2010 in order to pursue an interest in EU matters. She joined Practical Law EU as a paralegal in July 2011 and became an Assistant Editor in July 2013.

Joyce Man

Joyce Man graduated with LL.B in Law at University of Greenwich, and was awarded Distinction in European and International Law LL.M from London Metropolitan University. Joyce spent time conducting pro bono legal research on access to justice for persons with disabilities and conducting freelance legal research for start-ups. She joined Practical Law EU as a paralegal in June 2015.

Hew Donald joined Practical Law EU as an Assistant Editor in February 2017. Hew trained and qualified as a solicitor at a full-service law firm in Scotland. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh School of Law, and holds a postgraduate Master of Laws from the University of Hamburg. Hew has research experience in international and European law, including as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and KU University, Leuven. He is currently a non-practising solicitor.

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