David Neale presented with award in recognition of pro bono assistance to Shpresa

Tuesday 5 June 2018

On 1 June David Neale, legal researcher and formerly barrister at Garden Court Chambers, was presented an award by Shpresa acknowledging his fantastic pro bono assistance to the organisation and the young people they assist.

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On 1 June Shpresa and the Migrant and Refugee Children's Unit (based at Islington Law Centre) hosted a seminar at Portcullis House to consider strategies to improve the protection claim outcomes of Albanian claimants. Shpresa, meaning hope in Albanian, is an active user-led organisation that advances the education and training of the Albanian speaking people in the UK, so as to enable them to take full and active roles in their communities. Albanian young people are in the top ten of asylum claimants and trafficked children and adults but they suffer from very high refusal and immigration detention rates. Shpresa does amazing work supporting such claimants and a number of our barristers advise, assist and represent their clients.

David presented his detailed critique of Home Office country evidence on the risk to blood feud victims. Shpresa made clear that the research he provided will be invaluable for numbers of the young people who they work with who are required to show they are at risk from Albanian criminal gangs and families.

On 1 June David Neale, legal researcher and formerly barrister at Garden Court Chambers.

To mark Refugee Week 2018, we will be joined by Shpresa for a seminar: 'By their side, on their side - Reviewing support arrangements for refugee claimants'.

It is a free event and will take place at Garden Court Chambers on 4 June 2018. To reserve your place, please visit the event page.

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