Sophie Caseley

Year of Call: 2013

"Sophie drafts clear and concise pleadings, has an excellent knowledge of the relevant caselaw and is able to convey clearly complex public law points via her pleadings. She is also a good negotiator."

Serdar Celebi, Cambridge House Law Centre

"Sophie was very professional and approachable. She also provided very well-reasoned advice and was exceptional at dealing with a difficult client."

Tom Bradley, TA Law

"I would also like to pass on that the client said you were very good in court and made him feel confident."

Housing Solicitor

"I've been impressed by Sophie's breadth of knowledge across the broad spectrum of housing and community care law. She has always shown a willingness to step in and advise at short notice, often on difficult cases. Sophie is a dedicated barrister, committed to helping and advising vulnerable clients"

Alex McMahon, Osbornes Solicitors

"She has an extremely high success rate with bail applications we have instructed her on and we have often been pleasantly surprised when weaker cases have been granted bail (where refusals were anticipated) due to Sophie's excellent advocacy work"

Tom Nunn, BID

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Sophie specialises in housing, asylum and immigration law. She is also developing a practice in community care. Sophie is able to provide tailored and practical advice to her clients owing to the breadth of her practice.

Housing Law

Sophie provides advice and representation in all areas of housing law, including possession proceedings, injunctions and disrepair. She has experience in advancing all public law defences.

Sophie represents clients in appeals against negative homelessness decisions in the County Court including issues relating to suitability of accommodation and vulnerability. Sophie is able to use her experience of representing asylum seekers and migrants to advise on eligibility and vulnerability in the context of priority need.

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Community Care Law

Sophie is keen to continue to develop a practice in community care law. She has previously represented clients in successful challenges against decisions relating to the provision of accommodation and support under the Children Act 1989 and Care Act 2014 as a paralegal.

Sophie's experience of immigration law is useful where advising particular client groups including migrant families.

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IMMIGRATION: ASYLUM AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Sophie represents clients in asylum, human rights, deportation and EEA appeals, bail applications and judicial review claims. She has experience in representing victims of trafficking, those with complex mental health conditions (including those lacking capacity to litigate) and children.

Sophie advises on the merits of challenging a range of public law decisions including fresh claim refusals, refusals of EEA family permits and revocations of British citizenship. She has experience in undertaking emergency work, including out of hours applications for stays on removal.

Sophie advises clients from Francophone countries and welcomes instructions from French-speaking clients.

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Pro Bono Work

Sophie represents clients through the Bar Pro Bono Unit, Bail for Immigration Detainees and the AIRE centre amongst others.

Sophie is a volunteer lawyer for RLS Athens. She spent 2 weeks advising asylum seekers and refugees in Athens in January 2018.

Sophie advises members of the public on housing law issues at the South Westminster Legal Advice Centre.

She has previously volunteered for the Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile, where she assisted child victims of trafficking, and Vocalise, where she helped train prisoners to develop debating skills.

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Background

Sophie has an LLM in Public International Law from King's College London, in which she received a Distinction for her dissertation on the human rights of child victims of trafficking.

Sophie received funding to work at the European Commission where she helped to develop policies relating to the rule of law. She then worked as a paralegal at Hansen Palomares Solicitors in legally aided housing and community care, securing accommodation for vulnerable clients from a range of public bodies.

Sophie contributed to the Bar Human Rights Committee report on police violence and access to justice in Calais migrant camps in 2016 using her French language skills to obtain relevant evidence.

Sophie joined Garden Court Chambers in October 2017 following completion of her pupillage in October 2016 under the supervision of Rebecca Chapman and Di Middleton QC.

Publications

Sophie is a contributor to the Free Movement blog: https://www.freemovement.org.uk.

She assisted in drafting the chapter relating to Immigration Enforcement in the forthcoming edition of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants: Immigration, Nationality & Refugee Law Handbook.

Education

  • LLB (Hons) English Law and French Law, University of Manchester (Upper 2:1)
  • LLM Public International Law, King's College London (Distinction)
  • Bar Professional Training Course, Kaplan Law School (Very Competent)

Professional Membership

  • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA)
  • Housing Law Practitioners' Association (HLPA)
  • Liberty
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers

Languages

  • French (fluent)
  • Portuguese (basic working knowledge)

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