Learn about our Team

We are dedicated professionals, based in London and Brussels, with freelance staff in all of the EU and EFTA countries.

Patricia Ypma (London office)

Patricia Ypma (London office)

Managing Director

Patricia set up Spark Legal Network in 2011, responding to the need for a European legal expert network offering solutions on cross-border legal issues. Patricia has an LLB (2000) and an LLM (2001) in Law at the University of Amsterdam, complemented by studies (International and French law) at the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris. She has worked in various legal research and advising roles specialising in European law. Apart from leading the team and being responsible for the strategic direction of spark, Patricia has led/leads studies in a variety of areas, such as European public procurement, key enabling technologies, cloud computing, data location restrictions, energy efficiency, free movement and market access, data protection, competition, state aid and blockchain. She speaks Dutch, English, French and Italian.

Peter McNally (Brussels office)

Peter McNally (Brussels office)

Principal Legal Consultant

Peter received a BCL from University College Cork in 2007, and an LL.M from Dublin University (Trinity College) in 2008. He was a Blue Book Stagiaire with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market and Services in 2010, and thereafter trained with a top tier Irish law firm, and is qualified to practice law in Ireland, England and Wales. In 2014 he completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law at Kings College London. Peter is currently providing legal support to the project concerning the establishment of a Core Service Platform between participating Member States and operation of cooperation mechanisms for Computer Emergency Response Teams for DG Connect, and managing a study on the independence of National Regulatory Authorities for DG Energy. Peter speaks fluent English and French.

Esther Tenge (Brussels office)

Esther Tenge (Brussels office)

Senior Legal Consultant

Esther graduated from the University of Groningen with a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy (2013) and also obtained an LL.M in European Law from the University of Edinburgh (2015), with a focus on EU Competition Law. As a consultant in Brussels, Esther has worked closely with numerous European institutions and stakeholders on several research projects. She has been the Dutch legal editor for Caselex, an EU legal information service, since 2015. She speaks fluent Dutch and English.

María Domínguez Gaitán (Málaga)

María Domínguez Gaitán (Málaga)

Associate Senior Legal Consultant

Maria received an MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe (Natolin) and a four years Degree in Law from the University of Málaga, complemented by studies (Belgian and European law) at the Haute Ecole Libre Monsane in Liège. She has participated in several Youth in Action Programmes organised by the European Commission and has worked with the Council of Europe as organizer for an International Conference on Terrorism and Organised Crime. She has also completed an internship at the Court of Justice of the European Union, where she was contracted as a contract agent. Her mother tongue is Spanish and she speaks English, French and Italian.

Alexandra Ongono Pomme  (Brussels office)

Alexandra Ongono Pomme (Brussels office)

Senior Legal Consultant

Alexandra holds a PhD from the University of Strasbourg. Her thesis examined the relations between the EU and the Council of Europe. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach that combined legal and historical research, she particularly dedicated her research to their cooperation on justice and home affairs issues. Furthermore, she obtained a Master’s degree in International Private Law from the University of Strasbourg, as well as an MA in Political and Social Sciences from Science Po Strasbourg. Being a certified lawyer in Luxembourg, she has professional experience both as a lawyer and a policy advisor. Before joining the consultancy, she worked as a Bluebook trainee with the European Commission’s Legal Service (CFSP and External Relations) but also as a coordinator for a Workshop organised by the University of Victoria (Canada) on migration law. In addition, she was a research assistant in a European Parliament’s launched project as well as a policy officer on sports law for a Brussels and Paris based Think tank. Her mother tongues are French, German and Luxembourgish, she is fluent in English and she has a basic understanding of Dutch and Spanish.

Kaja Kazmierska (London office)

Kaja Kazmierska (London office)

Legal Analyst

Kaja obtained her LL.B in English and German law at King’s College London, followed by LL.M in German and European Law and Legal Practice at Humboldt University in Berlin and MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at College of Europe in Bruges. She underwent numerous internships including in the Council of Europe and in the Polish Embassies and Representations across Europe, during which she conducted various research projects. In 2015/2016, she completed a Blue Book traineeship in the European Commission, DG HOME, where she worked on the Passenger name Record Directive and PNR negotiations with third countries. She also worked as a paralegal – document reviewer in London. At Spark Kaja currently works on projects in the fields of energy and data protection. Kaja’s mother tongue is Polish, she speaks fluent English and German, has a very good command of French and a basic understanding of Dutch and Turkish.

  Célia Drevon (Brussels office)

Célia Drevon (Brussels office)

Legal Consultant

Célia received a double Bachelor’s degree in Law and Languages from the University of Grenoble and a Master’s degree in European and International Law from the University of Lyon where she founded a student association. During her internship at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), she undertook research in European comparative law on effective enforcement and participated to the Regional civil procedure rules project. She has also completed an internship within the legal department of the European Maritime Safety Agency. Her mother tongue is French and she speaks English and Italian.

Erika Sander (Brussels office)

Erika Sander (Brussels office)

Legal Consultant

Erika obtained a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Genova in Italy and attended a year as an Erasmus exchange student at Universidad Carlos III of Madrid in Spain. After graduating with a thesis in European Private International Law, she worked in Brussels as the Editorial Coordinator for Caselex, a EU legal information service with focus on Competition Law. Before joining Spark, she also worked as trainee lawyer in an Italian law firm in Genova specialised in Corporate Law, with specific regard to bankruptcy and insolvency procedures, where she assisted in the drafting of contracts and debt restructuring agreements for companies in distress. Her native languages are Italian and English and she also speaks Spanish and French.

Simona Čeh Savski (Brussels office)

Simona Čeh Savski (Brussels office)

Junior Legal Consultant

Simona obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Law from the European Faculty of Law. Her Bachelor thesis was based on the GDPR (EU) 2016/679 and addressed the protection of personal data of employees. She finished her Master studies with a research thesis on autonomous vehicles; a study based on intellectual property law and concerning the latest developments in the EU area. During her studies she gained experience in an international intellectual property office. Simona has been part of ELSA’s International Legal Research Group on renewable energy and has successfully completed the Jean Monnet Module on the subject of “CJEU’s Argumentation to Impact Slovene Courts’ Reasoning”. She speaks fluent Slovene and English and has a basic knowledge of German, French and Italian.

Oriana Gascon (Brussels office)

Oriana Gascon (Brussels office)

Trainee Legal Consultant

Oriana obtained an LLB at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an LLM in European Law at the University of Leiden. She worked as a data analyst in Financial Market Operations at Standard Chartered Bank in London, before completing a traineeship at the European Ombudsman. At the European Ombudsman Oriana investigated complaints against EU institutions, drafted decisions and was involved in strategic inquiries. Her native languages are Greek and Spanish, she is fluent in English and has good knowledge of French.

Alexandros Giannoulas (Brussels office)

Alexandros Giannoulas (Brussels office)

Trainee Legal Consultant

Alexandros obtained his LL.B at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, complemented by legal studies at the University of Southampton in the UK, and followed by an LL.M in European Union Law from the University of Amsterdam. After graduating with a thesis in the field of EU Foreign Relations and Enlargement, he completed a traineeship in Brussels at an EU Public Affairs consultancy (Eacon), with focus on EU rights for citizens and enterprises. As a qualified lawyer of the Athens Bar Association, before joining Spark Alexandros held numerous junior positions in Greece where he worked in law firms specialised in Civil & Commercial Law. In addition to Greek, his native language, he is also fluent in English and has good knowledge of German and Spanish.

Martina Ravaglia (Brussels office)

Martina Ravaglia (Brussels office)

Trainee Legal Consultant

Martina holds a Law degree from Bocconi University in Milan, with a specialisation in International Law. Following her experience as an Erasmus exchange student at Maastricht University, she grew a passion for European Law and Policies and decided to pursue an LLM at the College of Europe in Bruges. Throughout her studies, Martina worked at the Consulate General of Italy in New York and in a law firm in Milan. She additionally worked at the European Commission in Luxembourg, in DG ECFIN, where she assisted in the drafting of the InvestEU Regulation. Her mother tongue is Italian, and she also speaks English and French.

Chloe Fulcher (Brussels office)

Chloe Fulcher (Brussels office)

Trainee Legal Consultant

Chloe received an LLM in European Law from Leiden University. Prior to this, she received an LLB in Law from the University of East Anglia where she ran the Mediation Competition, teaching students how to conduct effective dispute resolution using these means. She has a particular interest in EU Institutional Law and Comparative Law, focusing her LLM Thesis on the limits of federal competences in the European Union and the United States. Her mother tongue is English and she has a good command of Spanish.

Annemarie Lockwood (Freelance based in London)

Annemarie Lockwood (Freelance based in London)

Part-time Administration Assistant

Annemarie received an LLB from the UK’s Open University in 2017. Prior to this, she worked as an administrator in a number of sectors, most notably design. While studying for her degree, Annemarie worked as a freelancer providing post-production services for broadcast and corporate film clients. More recently she has helped to design online training courses for the maritime industry at a time of fast changing regulation. A native English speaker, Annemarie also has a working knowledge of French.

Welcome! This is our dedicated consultancy team. If you would like more information about Spark and our work, please get in touch!