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Ella is a public law barrister with expertise in asylum and immigration law, and a keen interest in expanding her practice to include community care and environmental law work. As a qualified public access practitioner, she is able to accept instructions from both solicitors and members of the public.

Immigration: Asylum and Human Rights

Ella is regularly instructed in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in immigration, asylum and deportation appeals. Her clients have included unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and victims of trafficking.

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Administrative and Public Law

Ella welcomes instructions in judicial review claims involving challenges to immigration detention, fresh claims, certification, removal, and decisions under the National Referral Mechanism. 

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Pro Bono

Ella has a strong commitment to pro bono work. She is regularly instructed by Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID).

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Background

Ella became a tenant in October 2019 following completion of pupillage at Garden Court Chambers supervised by Ronan Toal and Tom Wainwright.

Ella is an Australian qualified solicitor. Prior to relocating to the UK, she worked as a solicitor in commercial litigation and as a Judge’s Associate at the District Court of Queensland. In 2015 she completed an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. Following this, and prior to joining the Bar, Ella held a number of legal research roles including within Garden Court Chambers, commercial legal practice, and academia.

Publications

Editor, Butterworths Immigration Law Service, LexisNexis UK
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)

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

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

  • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)
  • Bar Human Rights Committee
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers

Languages

Spanish (Beginner) 

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