I initially trained to be a barrister and was called to the Bar in 2009. I have since also qualified as a solicitor.
I work in the Health and Social Care Department. I regularly advise in relation to all manner of issues arising from the powers and duties of local authorities and the NHS towards disabled or vulnerable children and adults, including young adults previously accommodated by the local authority.
I am experienced in advising those without recourse to public funds, especially children and those with care needs or mental health problems, about their rights to access accommodation and support from the local authority, as well as medical treatment.
I have been involved in a number of reported cases including most recently R(C) v North Tyneside Council  EWHC 2222 (Admin) a challenge against the local authority's refusal to disregard housing related costs when assessing the financial contribution payable by a young disabled adult living at home towards the cost of their care.
I also work in the Human Rights and Civil Liberties Department. I am able to advise clients about the potential for taking action, including Judicial Review, where they feel a public body has acted unlawfully.
I regularly use arguments founded on the European Convention on Human Rights to promote the interests of my clients.
I am particularly experienced in the area of asylum support, regularly representing destitute and homeless asylum seekers, failed asylum seekers, or others prevented from accessing mainstream support. I often assist clients to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Asylum Support). I have secured a number of landmark judgements, including many of the leading decisions developing the law relating to s4(1) Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
I have assisted both individuals and charities to use equality legislation to challenge the impact of financial cuts. I have successfully assisted clients to challenge the refusal of permission to marry by the prison services on the basis it was unlawful and breached their right to marry under Article 12 ECHR, leading to changes in national policy.
I also advise and assist families in relation to inquests and public law proceedings arising from them, in particular where it is alleged there have been systemic failures by a public authority or agents of the state - be it police officers, doctors, or care staff - are implicated. I was involved in the case of Moss v HM Coroner for the North and South Districts of Durham and Darlington  EWHC 2940 (Admin) which established the status of GPs as agents of the state for the purpose of Article 2 ECHR.
I have provided legal training to a number of groups and organisations on topics ranging from support for homeless children to the public sector equality duties.