Julian Bild

Julian qualified as a solicitor with Wilson LLP, in 1997. Since then he has specialised in representing asylum seekers, but with extensive experience of general immigration work. For many years, Julian supervised the Upper Tribunal work at the Immigration Advisory Service, later becoming their Training and Quality Manager. For the last few years he has worked as a consultant, trainer, and lecturer in immigration and asylum law and practice. He has contributed to publications including the HJT Immigration Manual, the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Handbook, and Butterworth's Immigration Law Service. He has also trained for ILPA, lectured for the Law Society, and has drafted the OISC’s competence assessments. His notable cases include: RN (Returnees) Zimbabwe CG [2008] UKAIT 00083, EM and Others (Returnees) Zimbabwe CG [2011] UKUT 98 (IAC), HH (Criminal record; deportation: "war zone") Iraq [2008] UKAIT 00051 and YT (Minority church members at risk) Eritrea CG [2004] UKIAT 00218. To contact Julian email julian@atleu.org.uk

Jamila Duncan-Bosu

Jamila is a founding member of ATLEU. Jamila was entered onto the Solicitor’s Roll in 2009, having previously worked for private firms undertaking both Claimant and Respondent employment work. Jamila joined the North Kensington Law Centre in 2006 where she developed particular expertise as a discrimination lawyer and in recent years specialised in working with victims of trafficking and severe labour exploitation. Jamila has contributed to a number of specialist broadcasts and publications on these issues; in 2010 she was interviewed by Radio 4’s File on Four and appeared on Channel 4's Dispatches documentary on 'Britain's Secret Slaves' and more recently has contributed a chapter entitled 'Taking Cases for Victims of Domestic Servitude to the Employment Tribunal' to The Human Trafficking Handbook published by Lexis Nexis. To contact Jamila email jamila@atleu.org.uk

Emily-Anna Gibbs

Emily-Anna is a founding member of ATLEU. She trained and worked as a qualified solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from 2004 until 2008 before leaving to work in the voluntary sector.  Working at North Kensington Law Centre between 2008 and 2012 Emily-Anna worked across the employment and immigration departments, focussing on representing victims of trafficking. She has represented clients in the employment and immigration fields in tribunals. Notable cases include EK (Article 4 ECHR: Anti-Trafficking Convention) Tanzania v SSHD [2013] UKUT 00313 (IAC), Janah v Libya; Benkharbouche v Embassy of the Republic of Sudan [2015] EWCA Civ 33, Reyes & Anor v Al-Malki & Anor [2015] EWCA Civ 32 and Carmelli Bakeries Ltd v Benali UKEAT/0616/12/RN. To contact Emmy email emmy@atleu.org.uk

Victoria Marks

Victoria is a founding member of ATLEU. Before becoming a lawyer Victoria developed a start up not for profit organisation assisting disadvantaged young people in inner city London. It was an innovative initiative bringing together creative professionals with young people to re-engage them in mainstream education and enhance their employability. Victoria has since retrained in law and worked as a caseworker at the North Kensington Law Centre between 2010 and 2012. She was called to the bar in 2009 and cross qualified to become a solicitor in 2015. She is an accredited Level 2 immigration advisor. She has a strong civil and public law practice representing clients in housing and community care cases and those seeking compensation from their traffickers or the state. She has represented clients in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, the County Court and High Court. She has particular expertise in working with extremely vulnerable and traumatised clients. Her notable cases include Chandhok & Anor v Tirkey UKEAT/0190/14/KN in which it was established for the first time that caste discrimination is in principle prohibited under the Equality Act as an aspect of race. To contact Victoria email victoria@atleu.org.uk

Juliette Nash

Juliette is a founding member of ATLEU. Juliette was entered onto the Solicitor’s Roll in 1995. Her practice includes all areas of employment law and she has extensive advocacy experience. Juliette worked at North Kensington Law Centre from 2005 until 2012. In 2009 she was appointed as a fee paid employment judge and sits part time at the London South Employment Tribunal. From 2017 she has also sat as a fee paid judge in the First Tier Immigration Tribunal. Since 2006 Juliette has developed particular expertise working with victims of domestic servitude. She was a member of the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Disability Rights Commission panels of solicitors. Between 2004 and 2009 Juliette sat on the board of trustees for the Discrimination Law Association (DLA), for whom she drafted replies to government consultations relevant to discrimination law ranging from the Equality Bill to legal aid, as well as organising and chairing their webcast Practitioner Group Meetings. She met with ministers to represent the interests and knowledge of the DLA membership and has represented the DLA at numerous conferences and on committees. Juliette regularly contributes articles and case reports to the DLA publication Briefings and has appeared on national media to speak on disability and employment law as well as speaking on Radio 4’s Today Programme in relation to her work with migrant domestic workers. To contact Juliette email juliette@atleu.org.uk

Wendy Pettifer

Wendy is a consultant solicitor at ATLEU working on housing and destitution. She has been a legal aid lawyer since the eighties working mainly with migrants on destitution issues in public law. She has an MA in Refugee Studies and joined overseas missions in Egypt (refugee project), Tunisia (the expulsion of the Ben Ali regime in 2011) and Kenya. Wendy also spent months in the Jungle in Calais in 2016 successfully working on take charge requests for unaccompanied minors and vulnerable adults to come to the UK and has returned many times. She volunteers with Refugee Legal Service Athens, is a member of the Greek Solidarity Campaign and is on the Executive of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and its European sister organisation ELDH (European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights). To contact Wendy email wendy@atleu.org.uk

Claire Sephton

Claire qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and worked at North Kensington Law Centre specialising in crime and civil actions against the police. She later specialised in housing and community care and moved to Shelter, working in their legal team in London and in their Cumbria office. She was shortlisted as a finalist in the first Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards in 2003 in the social and welfare category. Claire is an executive member of the Housing Law Practitioners Association and siys on the Housing Law Committee of the Law Society. She co-authored the 4th and 5th editions of the Legal Action Group's Housing Law Casebook. Notable cases include R (B) v Merton LBC (2003) EWHC 1689 (Admin) on age assessments and R (Limbuela) v SSHD (2005) UKHL 66 on the denial of support to asylum seekers in breach of Art. 3 ECHR. Claire is an experienced trainer and lectures at the University of Westminster. To contact Claire email claire@atleu.org.uk

Carita Thomas

Carita qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and worked at Sheffield firm Howells LLP before joining ATLEU in 2015. She is accredited as a senior immigration caseworker and supervisor and police station representative. She was shortlisted as a finalist in the immigration category for the 2014 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards. Carita is the co-convenor of the Legal Aid Working Group of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and is a former committee member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers. In 2013 Chambers and Partners noted her “excellent work with vulnerable clients, particularly victims of trafficking”. She was ranked individually in Chambers and Partners 2014 as an associate to watch with the entry stating: “Sources say: “She will work herself to death for her clients. She does quality work and is very thorough, which makes a difference.”” Carita's work for private paying clients has covered all areas of immigration law from family migration, European law applications, citizenship, judicial review and business migration. Her notable trafficking cases include AB v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 1490 (Admin) (22 May 2015) in which the court quashed a finding that the Claimant was not a victim of trafficking and ordered the government to remake the decision, ruling that it was unlawful for the SSHD not to engage with expert evidence or give reasons if she chose to reject it.  To contact Carita email carita@atleu.org.uk

Tomas Weber

Tomas joined ATLEU in 2019 as a paralegal working in housing and public law. He completed the GDL at the University of Law in London. Prior to joining ATLEU he interned in Louisiana in a capital defender's office, assisting lawyers to challenge the death penalty. He has also worked at the Free Representation Unit, and as a legal researcher for Plan B Earth in their climate litigation in the High Court. Before converting to law, he wrote a PhD dissertation on climate change and philosophy at Cambridge. To contact Tomas email: tomas@atleu.org.uk

Esther McConnell

Esther joined ATLEU in June 2017 as the Head of Operations working on developing our financial, business planning and operational systems and processes. She also works in a similar role for the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism. She has been a Trustee for the Barrow Cadbury Trust since January 2016 advising on their grant making and overall strategy. Esther has a masters in Global Migration from UCL studying migration and the labour market and the role of British legal and political structures in increasing the vulnerability of migrants. To contact Esther email esther@atleu.org.uk

Marsha Lowe

Marsha has worked in marketing, campaigns and research in the voluntary and creative sectors since 2001. She joined ATLEU in November 2015 as their marketing and project manager. Marsha is a senior project manager who joined ATLEU from UCL where she was managing a national pilot survey at the Institute of Child Health. Previously, she worked at The Children’s Society in a variety of roles across media, campaigns and marketing. Her final role was Marketing Project Manager, managing the promotion and publication of their well-being and child poverty research programmes as well as supporting their policy and research work around refugee and asylum seeking children. To contact Marsha email marsha@atleu.org.uk