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Camila joined chambers as a pupil in October 2017. She practises in immigration, asylum and public law. 

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. These include victims of human trafficking, victims of torture, unaccompanied asylum seeking 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 ‘first countries of asylum’ and the Immigration Rules (including entry clearance).

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Administrative and Public Law

Camila provides advice and grounds for judicial review challenges in the Upper Tribunal and Administrative Court, including fresh claim and certification decisions, challenges to immigration detention and removal. 

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Civil Liberties and Human Rights

Camila recently acted as junior in the High Court appeal of a civil damages claim against the Ministry of Defence, alongside Una Morris.

She is currently assisting Marc Willers QC in a planning case. 

Her pupillage was supervised by Maya Sikand, with whom she gained extensive drafting experience in the field of civil claims against public authorities.

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Pro Bono

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

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Background

During her pupillage, Camila gained comprehensive drafting experience in the field of criminal justice related civil actions, alongside Maya Sikand. She regularly assisted in advising claimants in civil damages claims against the police and prisons, including false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office and claims under the HRA 1998. She also advised and 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 drafted advice and submissions on the applicability of Article 2 ECHR to inquests, and attended the Under-Cover Policing and Grenfell Inquiries. 

Under the supervision of Keir Monteith QC, Camila appeared in the Crown and Magistrates courts for trials, bail, sentencing, contested POCA and CBO hearings. 

Prior to commencing her pupillage, Camila volunteered at Grenfell Legal Support, where she provided a liaison service between victims, the emergency services and legal representatives in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. As a volunteer at the Free Representation Unit, Camila appeared in the Employment Tribunal in an unfair dismissal claim against a large food corporation. Camila has also volunteered at the United Migrant Workers Education Project (UMWEP), the Colombian Consultancy for Human Rights and Displacement (CODHES) and Survival International. 

Awards

  • Ann Felicity Goddard Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2018)
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition winner: best individual oralist and best written pleadings in the UK (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

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

Languages

  • Spanish (fluent)

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