I was thrilled to become the supervising solicitor at Coram Children's Legal Centre. My work involves training pro bono lawyers at our partner firms and supervising their work throughout the child or young person’s case.

Over 100 lawyers have been trained and it’s a great feeling when the lawyers return to take on multiple cases. Each lawyer comes with different experience but what they all have in common is the commitment to achieve a successful outcome for the child or young person.

As the supervising solicitor I ensure that every client taken on receives a high quality legal service. To date we have successfully registered over 50 children and young people as British citizens.

Before joining Coram Children's Legal Centre I was partner and head of immigration at Leonard and Co solicitors in Southampton, where I trained and qualified. I have over 13 years’ experience representing children, young people and families at all stages of the immigration and asylum process including initial applications, appeals and judicial reviews. I focused on those cases funded by legal aid.

Legal aid is essential to the provision of access to justice for those who cannot afford to pay for it. There have been drastic cuts to legal aid over the years and I have seen first hand how this has left so many people, including children and young people, without vital legal advice. 

Together with global law firms, Allen and Overy and DLA Piper, the Children's Pro Bono Legal Service at CCLC created a model of working to help those children and young people who are otherwise without legal representation. It has been an exciting development for us to become a Kids in Need of Defense UK hub so that we can help more children, young people and their immediate family members resolve their immigration status in the UK.