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Ella Gunn

Year of Call: 2018, 2012 (Australia)

Ella specialises in asylum and immigration law and is developing her practice to cover both community care and environmental law work. She is public access accredited, welcoming instructions from both solicitors and members of the public, and is qualified as a solicitor in Australia.

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Immigration: Asylum and Human Rights

Overview

Ella is regularly instructed in the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal in relation to a range of immigration matters including asylum, deportation, bail, and deprivation of citizenship appeals. Her clients have included unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and victims of trafficking. She also welcomes instructions in unlawful detention claims. 

Notable Cases

High Court orders release from immigration detention 
R (on the application of CN) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] 10 WLUK 85
The High Court ordered that the Claimant be released from detention within seven days. Multiple grants of conditional bail by the First-tier Tribunal had not led to the Claimant’s release due to delays in the Defendant sourcing appropriate bail accommodation.

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Administrative and Public Law

Overview

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

Notable Cases

High Court orders release from immigration detention 
R (on the application of CN) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] 10 WLUK 85
The High Court ordered that the Claimant be released from detention within seven days. Multiple grants of conditional bail by the First-tier Tribunal had not led to the Claimant’s release due to delays in the Defendant sourcing appropriate bail accommodation.

Court of Appeal provides guidance as to the approach that should be taken by the Competent Authority when determining whether an individual is a victim of trafficking 
MN and IXU v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1746 
Stephanie Harrison QC, Gemma Loughran, and Ella Gunn were instructed by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP to represent the AIRE Centre who intervened alongside Anti-Slavery International in these appeals.

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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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Notable Cases & News

Coordinated effort by 33 countries to overturn ‘urgent’ status of youth climate change case rejected by Strasbourg Court

Our Marc Willers QC, Irena Sabic, Richard Reynolds, Paul Clark and Ella Gunn of Garden Court Chambers represent the youth-applicants

26 February 2021

Court of Appeal provides important guidance as to the correct approach to be used by the Competent Authority when deciding whether an individual is a victim of trafficking

The Appellants were represented by Ronan Toal of the Garden Court Chambers Immigration Team. Our own Stephanie Harrison QC, Gemma Loughran, and Ella Gunn, instructed by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, represented the AIRE Centre.

21 December 2020

European Court of Human Rights is fast-tracking a climate case against 33 European States brought by 6 Portuguese youth

Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) instructing Marc Willers QC, Irena Sabic, Richard Reynolds, Paul Clark and Ella Gunn of Garden Court Chambers.

30 November 2020

Portuguese young people file ground-breaking climate case with European Court of Human Rights against 33 countries

Global Legal Action Network instructing Marc Willers QC, Irena Sabic, Richard Reynolds, Paul Clark and Ella Gunn of Garden Court Chambers.

3 September 2020

Steven Galliver-Andrew and Ella Gunn join as tenants after completing pupillage at Garden Court Chambers in 2018-19

Steven Galliver-Andrew and Ella Gunn join Garden Court Chambers as tenants after completing pupillage in 2018-19.

1 November 2019

We are delighted to welcome four new pupils to Garden Court Chambers

Jeremy Frost, Steven Galliver-Andrew, Ella Gunn and Rachel Schon joined at the beginning of October 2018.

22 October 2018

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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 qualified as a solicitor in Queensland, Australia. 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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