Camila practises in immigration, asylum, public law and civil liberties.
Camila is regularly instructed to appear in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in complex asylum, human rights and deport appeals for vulnerable adults and children. She has particular experience representing victims of human trafficking, torture and sexual violence, unaccompanied minors, individuals with mental health needs and those who lack capacity.
Camila’s experience of the range of immigration matters also includes issues relating to revocation of refugee status, ‘first countries of asylum’ and the Immigration Rules (including entry clearance).
Camila represents clients in judicial review claims, including on an urgent basis, in the Upper Tribunal and Administrative Court, including challenges to decisions relating to fresh claims, certification, immigration detention, removal and trafficking.
She represented the Seven Sisters Latin Village market traders in their legal challenge to the government’s decision to redevelop the market, led by Marc Willers QC and Tim Baldwin.
Camila advises claimants in civil damages claims against the police and prisons, including false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office and claims under the Human Rights Act 1998. She represents bereaved family members in inquests and has experience in making submissions on the applicability of Article 2 ECHR.
Camila was recently instructed by Hodge Jones and Allen, led by Una Morris, for the claimant in TPKN v Ministry of Defence  EWHC 1488 (QB). The issue was whether the Ministry of Defence could be held vicariously liable for the rape of the claimant by a fellow soldier on base, following a social event. The claimant successfully appealed against summary judgment/strike out.
During her pupillage under the supervision of Maya Sikand and Keir Monteith QC, Camila worked on statutory criminal appeals against conviction for victims of human trafficking (including R v L; R v N  EWCA Crim 2129), and drafted grounds of referral to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. She also appeared in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth courts for trials, bail hearings, sentencing, contested Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings and Criminal Behaviour Order hearings.