London, United Kingdom
I am a Public Law Solicitor with a background in Housing and Community Care. I have a particular interest in the rights of children and care leavers, unaccompanied minors, destitute persons subject to immigration control, and vulnerable incapacitated adults. I practice in the Court of Protection on behalf of families of mentally incapacitated adults. She has dealt with a wide range of issues including residence, contact, medication, deprivation of liberty, financial abuse, forced marriages and contraception.
Throughout my long career in the area of public law I have brought numerous successful actions against local authorities and the Home office on behalf of vulnerable children and unaccompanied asylum seeking minors. The actions include challenging the provision of services, assessments of age, and unlawful policies in relation to removal and detention of minors. I am also fluent in Vietnamese.
I have extensive experience acting for many clients challenging Public Law decisions and has litigated numerous cases in Private Law matters in the areas of contract, property and land, family and probate. A number of my cases have been Public Law cases and have been reported within the legal profession.
I have an approachable manner when dealing with clients and providing legal advice and knowledge of the highest standard possible.
I have extensive Litigation experience in the High Court in Queens Bench, Chancery and Family Divisions, as well as in the County Courts, the Court of Protection and the Upper Tribunal
1992 - 1996
Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.), Sociology, 2.1
You can read the judgement here - R(GE) v SSHD & Bedford BC  EWHC 2186 (Admin)
You read the Judgement here - GE(Eritrea)  EWCA Civ 1490
Application for judicial review by a child, through the Official Solicitor, seeking the quashing of a local authority’s age assessments, and a declaration as to the child’s age. Application successful.
You can read a summary and the full judgement here in Family law Week: R (AS) v London Borough of Croydon  EWHC 2091 (Admin)
The local authority decided, in order to reduce costs and promote independence, to transfer W from his residential placement to supported living. (1) In principle, the council would be entitled to terminate W's residential placement on grounds of costs, or needs, subject to consultation. (2) On the facts, the consultation with W's parents and the professional carers (as required by MCA 2005 s4) had been inadequate, so the decision was quashed.
You can read the case in full here - http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2011/696.html