I am a senior caseworker and writer in the Public Law and Immigration Department at Duncan Lewis.
I am motivated by the urgent need for justice and dignity for all and seek to both challenge and expose unlawful and inhumane treatment of asylum-seekers at the hands of the Home Office.
After graduating from Oxford University, I spent two years studying Arabic in Jordan, followed by a year split between working at the European Court of Human Rights and volunteering with the NGO JRS in detention centres on the island of Malta, before completing the GDL (law conversion) at City University.
I arrived at Duncan Lewis as a caseworker in February 2016, and worked primarily on a high-profile challenge the detention of pregnant women. Pressure from this litigation (MS & Ors) and lobbying of Parliament aided by my clients’ testimonies, resulted in a 72-hour limit on such detention. In June 2016 I chaired a seminar at Duncan Lewis on the issue, with Michelle Brewer of Garden Court Chambers and Theresa Schleicher, the acting director of Medical Justice.
I have increasingly taken on the role of a writer within the firm. I write specifically on the work of the public law team, as well as more generally on human rights and refugee issues. My articles have been published in The Guardian, The Independent, The Huffington Post, and on the Liberty and Duncan Lewis websites. I have also appeared a number of times on ANB radio to discuss topics including the triggering of Article 50 (TEU), the EU ruling on the wearing of religious symbols at work, and forced migration from Sub-Saharan Africa.
My work at Duncan Lewis as a caseworker, writer and linguist has taken me to the Calais ‘Jungle’ on a number of occasions. More recently I travelled with the Director of Public Law, Toufique Hossain, to Uganda and Kenya, where we presented a seminar on the 1951 Refugee Convention and worked in refugee settlements with the Xavier Project.
I hope to expand my work in writing reports on refugee issues in the UK, Europe, the Middle-East, and beyond.
I speak conversational French and Levantine (Shami) Arabic and am accredited as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.