Pro Bono Panel

The Traveller Movement’s Equality & Social Justice Unit is supported by a panel of lawyers covering many different practice areas, who kindly provide advice, written opinions and representation on a pro bono basis.

 

HenHenrietta_Hill_LSrietta Hill QC

Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Henrietta is a barrister specialising in discrimination law, inquests and actions against the police.  She recently represented a Traveller family who had been declined service in a pub, and acted for a gay couple who had been denied access to a double room at a Christian-run bed and breakfast property. She has represented the bereaved in many high-profile inquests, including most recently acting for 22 of the families who lost loved ones in the Hillsborough disaster.  Henrietta is also one of the lead counsel to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.

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Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Martin leads the public law and housing and social welfare teams at Doughty Street Chambers and is vice chair of the Administrative Law Bar Association. He has appeared in a number of leading cases including Castle v Met Police Commissioner 2011 which established that the Police must have due regard to the welfare of children when carrying out their duties, and Telchadder v Wickland 2014 in which the Supreme Court overturned the termination of a mobile home agreement. Martin won Human Rights and Public Law Silk of the Year in 2015.

Marc Willers QC

Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Marc is a leading expert on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) law, having appeared in many leading cases, including Dale Farm, and represented the Traveller Movement in its successful claim against JD Wetherspoon.  Marc has been invited to speak by organisations such as the United Nations, Council of Europe and EU Fundamental Rights Agency on topics including the European Convention on Human Rights, Roma Rights, and discrimination. He is the co-author of ‘Gypsy and Traveller Law’ and edits the Council of Europe’s handbook for lawyers defending Roma and Travellers, as well as writing regular articles on GRT rights.

Lana Adamou

Solicitor, Bindmans LLP

Lana has a strong reputation in the field of actions against the police and has worked on a number of high profile and complex cases. She is regularly involved in organising and preparing consultation responses to government proposals impacting on access to justice and actions against the police more generally.

Lui Asquith

Solicitor, Ben Hoare Bell

Lui specialises in family law, providing advice and assistance across a wide range of family matters including divorce, financial and childcare arrangements, domestic violence and care proceedings.  She also sits on the steering group for the No Mad Laws campaign, which seeks to highlight the disastrous impact of recent legal aid cuts on Gypsies and Travellers.

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Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Althea is a specialist in equality law. She is regularly instructed in high profile cases and is commended for her skill in successfully tackling claims which are factually, technically and legally complex, which often involve lengthy hearings requiring forensic cross examination of witnesses (including experts) and which are frequently sensitive and controversial.

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Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Tessa’s practice includes housing, education, social welfare, and community care law. She has a particular interest in Gypsy and Traveller rights and has represented Gypsy and Traveller clients in the High Court and County Court. She recently represented the Defendant in Ealing v Connors 2016 and was junior counsel for the Claimants in Mulvenna v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 2015. She is a contributor to the forthcoming edition of Gypsy and Traveller Law and a trustee of the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit.

Jamie Burton

Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Jamie is a public lawyer with expertise in judicial review, human rights and actions against the police. He has acted in several important cases which challenged central government cuts to public services pursuant to the Equality Act 2010. As part of UNICEF's Expert Group on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, he assisted in drafting its landmark report on domestic incorporation of the Convention.

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Assistant Solicitor, GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates

In addition to practising as a criminal defence lawyer, Duncan has worked on a broad range of 'actions against the police' cases, in particular inquest proceedings, and actions arising from deaths in custody and/or circumstances involving the state. Duncan is also very interested in discrimination claims brought under the Equality Act 2010.

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Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Daniel has experience in actions against the police and other authorities, public and administrative law, housing and community care. Before qualifying, he worked at the Court of Appeal as a judicial assistant to the then President of the Queen’s Bench Division (now Lord Chief Justice), Sir John Thomas.

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Justine Compton

Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Having specialised in Gypsy and Traveller law while working as a solicitor with the Community Law Partnership in Birmingham, Justine is now a barrister practising in the areas of judicial review, accommodation and community care issues. She has also been a trustee of Friends, Families and Travellers since 2000.

Stephen Cottle

Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Althea is a specialist in equality law. She is regularly instructed in high profile cases and is commended for her skill in successfully tackling claims which are factually, technically and legally complex, which often involve lengthy hearings requiring forensic cross examination of witnesses (including experts) and which are frequently sensitive and controversial.

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Solicitor, Lester Morrill Solicitors

Keith specialises in public, administrative and Gypsy and Traveller law. He conducts cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the European Court of Human Rights and was extensively involved in the Dale Farm litigation. Keith was shortlisted in the Social and Welfare category for the 2016 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards.

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Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Owen's practice includes prison law, civil actions against the police, protest law, public law and discrimination law. He was junior counsel representing the claimants in The Traveller Movement v Wetherspoon 2015, a landmark race discrimination case, after delegates from The Traveller Movement's annual conference were refused entry to a pub. He has since been instructed in a number of other discrimination claims for refusal of goods and services to Travellers.

Beth Handley

Partner, Hickman and Rose

Beth is an expert in public law with more than fourteen years' experience of bringing civil claims against the police and the Ministry of Justice.  She has developed an expertise in cases involving dangerous police restraint, and represents protest groups seeking to uphold their democratic rights.  Chambers UK 2017 praises Beth for her "very sound reason and judgement.  She is a good strategist, detailed, thorough and personable." 

 

Kirsten Heaven

Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Kirsten specialises in inquests, police actions and claims against public authorities, and public and administrative law with an emphasis on civil liberties.  She was part of the team representing the families of 74 of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.  She is described in Chambers UK 2017 as "An incredible jury advocate" and "Really creative in her approach and a thoughtful tactician."

Cris McCurley

Partner, Ben Hoare Bell

Cris has specialist knowledge of gender equality, domestic violence, forced marriage and modern slavery.  She is a committed campaigner for access to justice and was an expert witness in Rights of Women v Lord Chancellor 2016 which successfully challenged the legality of new legal aid rules that required victims of domestic violence to provide evidence that the abuse had taken place within the past 24 months.  Cris also sits on the No Mad Laws steering group.

 

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Gráinne Mellon

Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Gráinne is a public law specialist providing advice and representation in judicial review and human rights challenges arising in a range of areas including education, community care and claims arising out of the criminal justice and coronial system. Gráinne is frequently instructed both as an expert and advocate in cases involving issues of Irish law.

Ruth Mellor

Assistant Solicitor, Saunders Law

Ruth represents individuals in cases against the police and other state authorities such as prisons, the Home Office and NHS trusts.  She represents clients on matters including claims for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and discrimination, judicial review, and has experience of representing family members in inquests arising from deaths in custody.

 

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Barrister, Cloisters Chambers

Chris has appeared at every level including the Supreme Court on matters involving public law and judicial review; discrimination in education, goods and services; and defamation and libel proceedings. He regularly acts pro bono on human rights issues for numerous organisations including the Equal Rights Trust, the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the London Discrimination Unit.

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Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Zia has acted in cases at all levels including the House of Lords, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. He specialises in public and administrative law, housing, and community care, and is an expert on human rights and equality legislation.

 

Carolyn_OsbourneCarolyn Osbourne

Consultant Solicitor, Campbell Chambers Solicitors

With a legal background in crime and childcare law, Carolyn developed a public law practice with a particular expertise in education and community care law. She is an accredited mediator. Carolyn has been acknowledged as an expert in the field of education and received a highly commended In-House Solicitor of the Year Law Society Excellence Award in 2012 for her work in the field of education law.

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Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Louise specialises in employment, discrimination and education law. She has in-depth understanding of the application of the Public Sector Equality Duty, and acts for individuals, families and local authorities in education matters. Louise is also a member of the Independent Appeal Panel for schools admissions and exclusions for a London Borough and a trustee of the Women’s Resources Centre.

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Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Having previously been an author and historian, David now specialises in representing clients who are vulnerable, whether through illness, disability or addiction. He has been a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's panel of approved counsel and represents claimants in discrimination, employment and housing cases.

 

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Solicitor, Deighton Pierce Glynn

Clare acts for victims of state misconduct and for the families of individuals who have died in state custody. She has assisted clients to bring complex cases in these areas including claims on behalf of victims of crime for investigative failures by the police, raising issues of discrimination; and claims against the police for false imprisonment, assault and battery, and malicious prosecution.

Louise_WhitfieldLouise Whitfield

Partner, Deighton Pierce Glynn

Previously the Head of Casework at the Public Law Project, Louise is a recognised leader in administrative and public law, as well as civil liberties and human rights. She has been successful in claims involving the inclusion of a woman on banknotes, and the Home Office's 'Go home or get arrested' advertising campaign. Louise is a founding member of the Deaf and Disabled People's Legal Network, for which she was nominated for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year.