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Ella commenced pupillage in October 2018 and is supervised by Ronan Toal (first six) and Tom Wainwright (second six). She intends to build a public law practice with a focus on immigration and human rights law.

Background

Prior to joining the Bar, Ella qualified as a solicitor in Brisbane, Australia. In Brisbane she worked as a Judge’s Associate and later as a solicitor, practising in commercial litigation. Volunteering experience with refugees in Australia inspired her to specialise in the field of refugee law.

This led her to move to the UK where she completed an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation focused on the role of the Special Advocate and its use within immigration law proceedings. Following the MSc, Ella held a number of research roles including: research assistant for two academics in refugee law, legal researcher at Garden Court Chambers, and senior researcher at White & Case LLP.

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)
Old Girls’ Scholarship, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School (2014)

QUALIFICATIONS

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

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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