Camila joined chambers as a pupil in October 2017. She practises in immigration, asylum and public law.
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).
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.
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  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.
- Ann Felicity Goddard Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2018)
- Inderpal Rahal Memorial Trust Award (2016)
- Lord Justice Holker Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2015)
- GDL Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2014)
- Sloane Robinson Scholarship (2010)