I'm a solicitor in our Bristol office specialising in Civil Liberties and Education Law.
I represent clients seeking compensation and accountability for breaches of their rights by state bodies, including the police, Crown Prosecution Service and the Ministry of Justice. This includes bringing claims for damages, applications for judicial review and complaints on behalf of clients who have been:
- Unlawfully arrested or otherwise detained
- Subject to the unlawful use of force
- Discriminated against, including racially or in connection with a disability
- Subjected to treatment which breaches their other legal rights, including under the Human Rights Act or Data Protection Act.
I also act for families in inquests and other legal actions arising from the death of loved ones:
- In detention, including in hospitals, in police custody and in prisons
- In the community whilst under the care of mental health trusts and/or local authorities
- Due to actions or failures to act by state bodies such as the police and mental health trusts.
I represent families in Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability Tribunals, in challenges against local authorities regarding Educational, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessments and EHC Plans, and in school admissions, transport and exclusions disputes. I advise on both Welsh and English SEN law.
I am part of the team instructed in a disability discrimination and negligence claim against the University of Bristol on behalf of the family of Natasha Abrahart, one of the 12 students at the University to take their own lives between October 2016 and May 2019.
The case was covered by The Guardian in July 2020.
I was part of the team instructed in a legal action on behalf of peaceful protestors arrested outside of Bristol Magistrates’ Court whilst demonstrating in support of the ‘Colston 4’. Avon and Somerset Constabulary admitted that it had unlawfully arrested the protestors and breached their human rights. This is thought to be the first time a police force has admitted unlawfully arresting protestors under Coronavirus Regulations.
The case was covered by The Guardian and Channel 4 News in April 2021.
- Best Overall Performance on the LLM in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Law, Bristol
- Cardiff Law School Prize for Best Performance in Final Year LLB Law Examinations, Cardiff University
- Blackstones Exam Prize Awarded to the candidate with the best mark in Law of the European Union, Cardiff University.