After some voluntary work with Gatwick Detainees Welfare group, I joined Brighton Housing Trust in 2004 as an Immigration Adviser helping clients with immigration and asylum applications. I then worked at Refugee and Migrant Justice for two years from 2008 where I gained experience in preparing asylum appeals and with advocacy presenting my own cases at the First Tier Tribunal. I returned to Brighton Housing Trust in 2010 and continued working in the same area helping adult and child asylum seekers, victims of trafficking and domestic violence.
I became more and more interested in the actions that can be taken if a public authority breaches human rights and the power that the law has to make real change. I decided I wanted to become a solicitor to be able to carry out judicial review work so that I can assist my clients myself when the Home Office is acting unlawfully and unreasonably. I want to hold the Home Office to account for its actions, therefore ensuring fair treatment for the people that I represent.
In 2016 when my son was 3 years old and my daughter was 1 years old, I started my GDL at the University of Brighton whilst working 4 days a week. I then completed my LPC at the University of Law, Bloomsbury part time at weekends.
I was delighted to be offered a Training Contract as a Justice First Fellow with Brighton Housing Trust. I started in January 2020 and am enjoying the challenges of my first seat in Housing Law.
To promote access to justice for those who have been refused asylum but wish to remain in the UK
I have represented a number of vulnerable migrants who needed help making fresh claims for asylum. Brighton Housing Trust is the only legal aid immigration Solicitor provider in Surrey and East and West Sussex. I learnt that as a consequence there are failed asylum seekers advising each other in Brighton about the fresh claim process because they could not access free legal advice.
For these reasons, I aim to provide an outreach service in a community setting to empower these clients by increasing their understanding of what it takes to make a fresh claim and the legal remedies if their claim is refused. I will take on cases as many cases as is practical, but where I cannot assist, I will help people to make detailed referrals to other providers. Our clients have many complex needs and so I also aim to build a directory of local services to increase Brighton Housing Trust’s understanding and therefore our client’s access to services and community groups in the area.
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