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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 is currently representing 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 benefits from comprehensive drafting experience in the field of criminal justice related civil actions, which she acquired during pupillage under the supervision of 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 Human Rights Act 1998. She also 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 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.

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.

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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

Prior to pupillage, 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 continues to develop her interest in Latin American human rights issues, particularly the rights of indigenous peoples. Before coming to the Bar, she completed her LLM thesis on the protection of indigenous culture under IHRL and international cultural heritage law, supervised by Professor Roger O’Keefe (distinction). As a member of the Colombian Caravana, 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 Scholarship to deliver talks on human trafficking and modern slavery at conferences in Mexico City and Bogota.

Camila is a keen social mobility advocate. She appealed for school bursary funding at the V&A museum in  2017 and was invited by the Human Rights Lawyers Association to speak about diversity in the legal profession at Kings College London in 2018 and Goldsmiths University in 2019.

Awards

  • Ann Felicity Goddard Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2018)
  • Prize for best individual oralist and best written pleadings in the UK, Philip C. 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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