I am a solicitor in the Public Law & Human Rights team, specialising in judicial review, health and social care, inquests and actions against the police. I joined Irwin Mitchell as a paralegal in 2010 before training and qualifying with the firm.
From May 2015 to May 2019, I was co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, a national group of aspiring and junior lawyers which campaigns for access to justice and seeks to promote social mobility and diversity in the legal profession.
In July 2019, I received a Legal Aid Practitioners Group Special Award for making an exceptional contribution to legal aid and access to justice at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards.
I help individuals, charities and campaign groups in challenges against policies and cuts which have a negative impact on communities and vulnerable groups. I've brought successful cases against local authorities, NHS bodies and government departments.
Health and social care
I represent adults and children with disabilities in cases concerning local authorities and the NHS. This includes challenges to withdrawal or closure of services and cases under the Equality Act.
I also help vulnerable adults and their families in health and welfare disputes in the Court of Protection, where the court is asked to decide what is in the best interests of a person who lacks the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.
I represent families at inquests into the death of a loved one where that death has occurred in police custody, prison, social care or a mental health hospital, or where the death has taken place following contact with the police. I advise and represent families in claims under the Human Rights Act following a death in such circumstances.
I also act for clients in actions against the police arising out of wrongful arrest, assault, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office and in claims under the Human Rights Act.
"No hesitation recommending Irwin Mitchell: Kept up to date with all aspects of my case. Went above and beyond to get the right outcome, even if that meant working late or emailing at weekends. All team members had a good knowledge of the case and were able to advise us. Friendly and knowledgeable, happily recommend them.” - 5 star Trustpilot review by Justine Cull
“Thank you so much for all you have done. The standard of your work and ability to listen to me, when we needed you, is astounding. You have given my father and I a voice. I have been so stressed out by all of this and so has my father. But we don't feel alone with you on our side.” – Ms E
“I am deeply moved by your quick and efficient response and willingness to help. It gives hope to see even that even when faced with brick walls, there are those who are there provide a ladder and help you up and over.”– Mr N
I write regularly about public law, human rights, legal aid and access to justice for Legal Action, The Justice Gap, Legal Voice and Socialist Lawyer. I have also written for Solicitors Journal, Huffington Post, openDemocracy and the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law.
What inspired you to get into law?
I wanted to use the law to help people who need it most and also, where possible, to affect positive social change. The work we do in the Public Law & Human Rights team can benefit not only our individual clients, but also wider groups in society. For example, while working as a paralegal in the team, I assisted on a successful challenge to the closure of a soup kitchen in Walthamstow (Blake & Others v London Borough of Waltham Forest  EWHC 1027 (Admin)).
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
It's incredibly rewarding to successfully challenge unlawful conduct by state bodies, but the most important thing is achieving a positive outcome for our clients and protecting their rights.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
I work with fantastic colleagues on important cases which can change people’s lives, and throughout the firm the range of expertise we have is unrivalled – whatever legal problem a client has, there is likely to be someone at Irwin Mitchell who knows the answer.
What do you do away from the office?
I campaign for legal aid and access to justice as co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, I volunteer for a homeless charity and I try to run the occasional half-marathon (my single attempt at a marathon to date was not a resounding success). I have also taken part in two successful attempts to break the world record for the longest ever football match. Sadly I think my days as a world record breaking athlete are some way behind me.