Host Organisation: Vauxhall Law Centre 2023

Esther Sills

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

I am currently completing my LLM in Legal Practice (SQE1&2) and have an undergraduate degree in Social Policy and Law. Before embarking on my post-graduate study, I coordinated a befriending program supporting young, separated refugees and asylum seekers across London. In role, I provided collaborative support navigating immigration, housing, social welfare, and wellbeing matters. Prior to this I established and facilitated an equine therapy project supporting children in initial asylum accommodation in Liverpool. Over both periods I worked to campaign for social justice, supporting strategic litigation on children’s rights issues and improving the accessibility of judicial review pathways on social welfare issues.

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

When I first encountered this opportunity with the Justice First Fellowship, I felt a strong alignment both with its mission and its intrinsic values. I am deeply passionate about social justice. I believe the law is a crucial cornerstone in the building of a better and fairer society, and I am driven to proactively utilise my legal practice as a tool in affecting positive change. I believe that this fellowship, and the expertise and passion of those involved, will strongly nurture my ability to do so.

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

Outside of my legal interests, I enjoy all things outdoorsy. I am a keen hiker and avid sea swimmer (the colder the better!). I enjoy the excitement of exploring new places, the peacefulness of nature, and the challenge of venturing and completing new routes and trails. I enjoy adventuring both solo and in company, and always enthusiastically welcome four-legged furry friends along the way. When not outdoors I enjoy reading, podcast listening, and finetuning my newly acquired knitting skills.

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