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Harriet practices principally in two areas: immigration and public inquiries. She provides advice and representation in all areas of immigration, asylum, nationality, deportation, EU free movement and human rights law. She regularly appears in the Asylum and Immigration Chamber of both the First-tier and Upper Tribunal instructed in immigration, complex asylum, deportation, points-based system and entry clearance appeals. Her public law practice is in immigration law. She advises on Judicial Review within immigration including urgent applications for emergency injunctions to prevent removal or deportation; challenges to PBS refusals, and nationality issues, including the Secretary of State’s decision to refuse applications for naturalisation on unreasoned grounds of bad character. Harriet is especially committed to cases involving violence against women and sexual minorities, including FGM. She has a particular interest in providing advice and representation to Somali clients. She was counsel for the Appellant MW in the Somali country guideline case AMM and others (conflict; humanitarian crisis; returnees; FGM) Somalia CG [2011] UKUT 445 (IAC). The Upper Tribunal considered risk on return to Mogadishu and the change in the situation in Somalia since AM & AM (armed conflict: risk categories) Somalia CG [2008] UKAIT 00091. She was responsible for the arguments advanced in writing and orally about FGM and women. Harriet deferred her pupillage for two years to continue her work as Legal Officer on the Robert Hamill Inquiry, a public inquiry which forms part of the Northern Ireland peace process. Based on her Inquiry experience, she co-founded and wrote www.publicinquiries.org, a resource on public inquiries. She has been instructed to advise the team representing the Core Participant Victims in the Leveson Inquiry on Inquiry law and procedure.


Year of call: 2010


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LLB Law LSE 2002, LLM International Human Rights Law Essex 2006