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Ella joined chambers as a tenant following successful completion of her pupillage. She intends to develop an immigration, public law, and family law practice.

Immigration: Asylum and Human Rights

Ella is regularly instructed to appear in asylum and deport appeals for both adults and children from numerous countries including El Salvador, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan. She has represented many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and is frequently instructed in bail applications for immigration detainees.

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Family Law

Ella intends to build a practice representing clients in both private and public law matters. To date she has represented clients in both private law children hearings and in urgent applications for non-molestation orders. She is particularly interested in cases involving both family and immigration law and intends to gain expertise in both fields such that she can represent individuals in cases involving a cross-over of these areas.

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Administrative and Public Law

Ella gained experience during pupillage of judicial review claims involving immigration issues. She intends to build a practice that involves representing clients in such claims.

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Background

Ella studied law in Australia and has experience working as a Judge’s Associate and as a solicitor in that jurisdiction. Volunteering experience with refugees in Australia inspired her to undertake further study in the field. This led to a move to the UK where she completed an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. Following completion of the MSc, Ella held a number of research roles in both academic and professional settings including at Garden Court Chambers. Ella undertook pupillage at Garden Court Chambers in 2018-2019, supervised by Ronan Toal and Tom Wainwright.

Publications

Human Rights of Migrants in the 21st Century, Elspeth Guild et al eds, 2017 (Co-author of chapter on Family life).
‘The Role of the Special Advocate as An Alternative to Non-Disclosure: Examining and Looking Beyond the Balancing Act’, Working Paper, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, 2016.
Warendorf v Alo, Case Comment, Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law (2016) 30(2), 178.
Ali and Bibi v Secretary of State for the Home Department, Case Comment, Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law (2016) 30(1), 57.

Awards

First Class Honours, Bachelor of Laws (2011)
Freda Freeman Fellowship, Graduate Women Queensland (2014)

QUALIFICATIONS

Admission to the Legal Profession (Solicitor), Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia (2012)

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Education

  • Bachelor of Design Studies (Architecture), University of Queensland, Australia (2006)
  • LLB (First Class Hons), Queensland University of Technology, Australia (2011)
  • MSc Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, University of Oxford (2015)
  • Bar Transfer Test, BPP Law School (2018)

Professional Membership

  • Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
  • Bar Human Rights Committee

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