Host Organisation: Speakeasy and Asylum Justice 2023

Cameron Edwards

Briefly explain your most recent educational background and any work (paid or voluntary) you were doing before you began your Fellowship?

Following Completion of my LLB and LPC at Swansea University, I then accepted a role as a Childcare Paralegal at Hutchinson Thomas Solicitors representing Parents and Guardian’s Ad Litem in both Public legal aided work and Private Law Proceedings. Following this, I decided I was interested in this but wanted to pursue such on a larger scale so I accepted the role of a Safeguarding Paralegal for Neath Port Talbot Council dealing with Adult and Child Social Care Law helping some of the most vulnerable families in precarious situations.

Why did you want to apply for a Justice First Fellowship?

I have had direct experience of working with Legal Aid for years and during this time I have experienced first-hand how crucial it is that everyone is able to access justice. As such I recognise the amazing opportunity to work with both, Asylum Justice and the Speakeasy Law Centre during my fellowship. Developing my career in Social Welfare Law with an exposure to a vast amount of areas of law but also more importantly aiding the most vulnerable persons in society where often legal aid provisions fall short.

Complete the following sentence: ‘Outside of my legal interests, I enjoy…’

Outside of my legal interests, I enjoy travelling and meeting new people. I am always eager to learn new skills and recently I have become an avid gym user. Above all, I value spending quality time with my friends and family and I can’t forget my Labrador Sadie.

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