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Camila practises in immigration, asylum, public law and civil liberties.

Immigration: Asylum and human rights

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).

 

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Administrative and Public Law

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.

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Civil Liberties

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 [2019] 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 [2017] 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.

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Pro Bono

Camila regularly accepts pro bono instructions from Bail for Immigration Detainees and other NGOs, including Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit), in respect of bail, deport appeals and asylum support appeals.

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Background

Before coming to the Bar Camila volunteered at Grenfell Legal Support, the Free Representation Unit, the United Migrant Workers Education Project, Survival International and a human rights consultancy in Colombia.

Camila has a continuing interest in Latin American human rights issues. She completed her LLM thesis under the supervision of Professor Roger O'Keefe on the protection of indigenous culture under international human rights and cultural heritage law (first class). She has provided oral and written advocacy on the protection of human rights defenders in Latin America. In September 2019, the Bar Council awarded her the International Legal Professional Scholarship to deliver talks on human trafficking and modern slavery at conferences in Mexico and Colombia. 

As a keen social mobility advocate, she has appealed for school bursary funding at the V&A museum and has delivered panel discussions about diversity in the legal profession at events organised by the Human Rights Lawyers Association, Kings College London and Goldsmiths University.  

Awards

  • International Legal Professional Scholarship, the Bar Council and Criminal Bar Association (2019)
  • Ann Felicity Goddard Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2018)
  • Prize for best individual oralist and best written pleadings in the UK, Jessup International Law Moot (2017)
  • Inderpal Rahal Memorial Trust Award (2016)
  • Lord Justice Holker Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2015)
  • GDL Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2014)
  • Sloane Robinson Scholarship (2010)

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Education

  • LLM in International Law, UCL (Distinction, top of the year in international refugee law and international humanitarian law) [2016-17]
  •  Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School (Very Competent) [2015-16]
  • Graduate Diploma in Law [2014-15] 
  • BA (Hons) English, University of Bristol [2010-13]

Professional Membership

  • Liberty
  • Justice
  • Colombian Caravana
  • Police Action Lawyers Group
  • Administrative Law Bar Association

Languages

  • Spanish (fluent)

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