This session took place on Saturday 15 August 2020.
We heard from junior legal aid lawyers about their route to law, careers in social welfare law so far.
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CHAIR: TARA MULCAIR
Tara is a solicitor in the civil actions department at Birnberg Peirce. Tara acts for clients in civil claims and public law challenges against state bodies. Tara also represents bereaved families at inquests where the death has occurred in state custody or following contact with a state body. Tara advises families on claims under the Human Rights Act following a death in these circumstances. Tara is passionate about access to justice and social mobility in the legal profession; she sits on the committee of Young Legal Aid Lawyers.
Emma Trevett works at Lawstop specialising in Court of Protection, community care and education. She also works at Bristol Law Centre. She co-edited Lockdown Lawyers, an anthology of poetry written by lawyers during the pandemic, published by the Legal Action Group.
Nutan is a barrister at 9 Bedford Row Chambers. Nutan predominantly specialises in crime and has conducted cases in the Crown Court involving firearms, violence, controlled drugs, sexual offences and offences of dishonesty. She has prosecuted and defended in Crown Court trials and also taken conduct of a full range of hearings in the Magistrates' and Youth Court.
Nutan is currently instructed by the London Fire Brigade as junior counsel assisting with a review of the evidence for Phase 2 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
Ollie is a barrister and coordinates PLP’s EU Settlement Scheme Support Hub. He trained at PLP, with a secondment to Matrix Chambers, through a 2-year Justice First Fellowship. Before being called to the Bar, he was a researcher in comparative media law at Oxford University. He also worked on criminal justice, mental health and free speech issues at the American Civil Liberties Union and as a researcher for Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.
Ollie set up a UK version of Yale Law School’s Rebellious Lawyering Conference (‘RebLaw UK’), which brings together students, activists and practitioners to discuss how law can be used as a tool for social change. He is a co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, a trustee of Southwark Law Centre and a tutor in media law at the London School of Economics.
Syeda is passionate about helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds and her career began in 2013 as a generalist adviser with Camden Citizens Advice Bureau. Syeda was born and brought up in Bangladesh. In 2009 she started her legal studies as a mature student whilst being a single parent of two young children. Syeda completed a Solicitor’s Exempting Degree from University of Westminster and started working at London Borough of Islington while continuing her search for a training contract. In 2019 she started her training contract with Ealing Law Centre and she is due to qualify in the new year.