I am delighted to have joined Kids in Need of Defense UK, supervising pro bono work for undocumented migrant children in the UK.  The legal aid cuts in 2013 have had a significant impact on children’s cases and it’s great to find ways to work creatively with committed pro bono lawyers to represent children who would otherwise be without legal representation.  The demand for the project is high and I have joined the team so that we can expand capacity and represent more children.   This year has been busy.  I have prepared a manual for pro bono lawyers, I’ve trained lawyers who are keen to get involved and I have supervised lawyers working on individual cases. 

I’ve been impressed by the commitment and dedication the pro bono lawyers put into preparing applications and it’s a pleasure to work alongside them. 

I joined the Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit at Islington Law Centre working on Kids in Need of Defense UK cases in January 2018. I have worked in publicly funded immigration and asylum law since 2002 and spent nine years in practice at Wilson Solicitors where I specialised in representing political activists from the Middle East.  I was a legal adviser at Freedom from Torture from 2014 until 2017.  I joined MICLU from the Migrants’ Law Project also hosted at Islington Law Centre where I represented children on the Greek island of Lesvos and the former Jungle in Calais who were caught up in the European Refugee crisis.