Profile / Experience
I am a Solicitor in the Public Law and Immigration Departments of Duncan Lewis. I joined the firm in September 2017.
I am currently leading a number of wide-reaching and high-profile judicial review claims on behalf of clients. These include: a challenge to the lawfulness of the Home Office's Windrush Scheme on the basis of its exclusion of family members born outside the UK; a challenge to the lawfulness of UK Government policy on aid to Libya; a challenge to the lack of access to legal aid for immigration detainees held in prisons; and a challenge to the Home Office's policy on data protection.
I have particular expertise in representing Windrush clients on immigration and compensation matters. I also have considerable experience representing individuals at all stages of the asylum process, including appeals at the First-tier and Upper Tribunals. I also represent victims of trafficking and individuals facing deportation.
Prior to joining Duncan Lewis, I worked for three years as a Treaty Manager at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, an independent public body with statutory powers to advise and challenge the UK Government on human rights and equalities. In this role, I monitored the implementation of the UK’s international human rights obligations on children and economic and social rights, reported to relevant UN bodies, and worked closely with civil society partners, parliamentarians and government officials with a view to improving human rights respect in the UK.
From 2007-2014, I worked at Amnesty International in a range of roles, including managing international campaigns on human rights defenders at risk in Central America and Mexico, and overseeing the organisation’s global submissions to the UN Human Rights Committee.
Having worked extensively towards influencing government policy in the UK and abroad, I really value the opportunity to bring successful legal challenges which solve problems for my clients while driving progress on human rights respect in the UK. I believe strongly in the right of everyone to have access to justice when they have faced unlawful treatment and I have a particular interest in legal aid representation.